Fans around the globe are disappointed at the recent cancellations of motorsports events. But that doesn’t mean you have to miss-out on some high-grade professional competition. BMW is a leader in Motorsport SIM racing, and their program is launching a live “SIM Saturday” series for Saturday, March 21st. Ten BMW drivers will drive via interlinked, super-authentic simulators at race events originally planned around the world, including the world’s first-ever virtual round of the Nurburgring Endurance Seres. These ARE NOT videogames: We're talking about professional drivers behind the wheel of sophisticated simulators with exacting 3D reproductions of the vagaries of the tracks and the dynamics of the cars. The Nurburgring race can be viewed via free live stream here. As it is a live European timed event, U.S. fans will have to get up early to watch, just like the World Cup and other international sporting event. The four-hour race will start at 8:00 am EST/5:00 am PST. The total field is 50 cars, but BMW will be represented by racers in four classes.
If you want to continue your high-octane viewing, after this race, you can visit YouTube and find the channel for THE RACE to follow the second edition of the All-Star ESports Battle at 3:00 pm EST/noon PST to follow BMW i Andretti Motorsport driver Max Gunther and BMW DTM driver Philip Eng.
And for the triple-play, four MOTUL BMW M8 cars will line up on the grid of the 90-minute IMSA Super Sebring race, albeit in SIM form. This race starts up at 2:30 EST and can be viewed on the iRacing eSports Network.
If, perhaps, you don’t take this high-level SIM racing seriously, just know that the drivers do: “SIM racing is an important tool that allows a driver to stay fit,” says veteran BMW driver Bruno Spengler. “And now, while we are all staying safe we can keep on doing our job. I am pleased to be a part of this event and look to put on a good show along with my BMW colleagues.”