The inaugural BMW Race Driver Eseries is slated to begin tonight.
Having been sat on the sidelines since the nation entered lockdown earlier in the year, former series champion Matt Griffin has looked to the success of the 2KCUP iRacing challenge and KartSport NZ’s virtual club day to launch a one-marque eseries using the latest BMW GTE and GT3 machinary.
Entries will be open to any ardent kiwi sim-racers looking for a virtual challenge.
“During the lockdown, I thought that creating an iRacing series would be a great way to still keep our butts in race seats and have a bit of fun at the same time.
“A bonus of using iRacing as our platform means we can race top BMW cars and circuits we otherwise might never get the chance to race on in real life.”
The six-round series will start at Charlotte Roval with the virtual championship also set to visit Lime Rock Park, WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca, Spa-Francorchamps, Silverstone and Daytona.
Both the BMW M8 GTE and Z4 GT3 cars will feature with the two being alternated across various rounds
The idea is for the Eseries to include a variety of unique race formats to keep competitor interest high, with both sprint and longer races which include mandatory pitstops set to be introduced.
Rounds will commence each Monday night from 8.30 pm NZT with the opening event scheduled to get underway tonight, June 1.
Entries can be made here: https://forms.gle/a15kVW6tGTpysW3P6
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