A BMW sim racing event

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Sim racing in Romania? Yes, sim racing in Romania! A country that plays a supporting role in traditional racing compared to major nations such as Germany, Italy, England or France is on the fast track in the currently booming field of simulation racing. BMW Group România is the title partner of the increasingly popular Racing League România and helps bring a true BMW legend back to the racetrack. The car in action is the most successful passenger car ever built: the BMW M3 E30.

Roberto Ravaglia, Johnny Cecotto, Steve Soper, Eric van de Poele and Harald Grohs were some of the biggest names in touring car racing in the 1980s. They sat behind the wheel of the legendary BMW M3 E30 at the age of gold in the DTM, winning countless victories and titles with the car and ensuring the drivers their permanent place in the history of BMW Motorsport.

Yet it is the car that deserves the pole position in the ancestral portrait gallery. Even now, just seeing the design of the BMW M3 E30 and the incomparable sound of its engine is enough to make the heart of every BMW Motorsport fan leap, whether at a BMW Group Classic event or when the car is in action. action. as a race taxi as part of the DTM support program.

Just wonderful memories from a time when no real motorsport was possible? Not at all, since thanks to the BMW Group România and the Racing League România, the BMW M3 E30 DTM is making an impressive comeback in sim racing at the moment. The hugely popular virtual racing series is currently in its fifth season in Romania. It is supported by BMW Group România as the title partner. They broadcast all the events live on the BMW Romania Facebook page, and the events are also broadcast on TV and attract tens of thousands of additional viewers every weekend.

“We do not see ourselves as a sponsor in this project, but as a true partner with the aim of growing together and giving the championship a platform with high visibility and interaction,” said Andreea Ciglenean, Marketing Manager, BMW Group România.

“When we entered into discussions with Racing League România, we had no idea that this season would come at a time when no real racing is possible. Now our project is a perfect example of how you can be safe and stay home without having to miss the race entirely. That’s an important aspect right now, and the BMW M3 E30 DTM is the perfect car for our racing series. “

A total of 30 cars line up the starting grid in each race, but these days more than 150 simulation racers are competing in the qualifiers for these events, including Romanian tennis ace Florin Mergea, former top player. ten in double ATP and now a passionate runner sim. The platform of the Racing League România is the popular Assetto Corsa racing simulation.

“The Racing League România has been running events for the sim racing community for over a decade now, but as real racing is no longer possible, virtual racing is a hot topic in Romania,” said Alexandru Siclovan, promoter of Racing League România. .

“We pride ourselves on being able to provide a suitable media product that, with its moving commentary and interaction, brings together the best of both worlds, a professional storyline like in real races and the breath of fresh air from a younger target audience. in the mix.

Just as legendary as the BMW M3 E30 DTM are the circuits on which the Racing League România organizes its virtual events. The last two racing weekends took place on the virtual versions of the Norisring (GER) and the Nürburgring-Nordschleife (GER). The season started on March 15 and features 10 stops, each with two 30-minute races.

Other tracks on the race calendar include the Virginia International Raceway (US), Circuit Spa-Francorchamps (BEL), Circuit Park Zandvoort (NED), Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit (RSA) and Brands Hatch GP Circuit (GBR) for the season finale. will be held on May 17th.

True fans of the BMW M3 E30 DTM still have plenty of opportunities to recall and relive the emotions of the car’s glorious history during this difficult time. It is definitely worth watching the next Racing League România races.

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