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The 2017 SimRacing Expo was held on the 16th and 17th of September at the famous Nürburgring circuit. Along with the Blancpain Sprint Series, world’s strongest virtual teams and drivers competed on the virtual version of the track over the course of the weekend using iRacing’s Porsche 911 Porsche GT3 Cup car.

The SimRacing Expo is world’s biggest yearly exposition bringing together simracing’s most established brands such as iRacing, rFactor, Heusinkveld Engineering, Fanatec and many more. This is a good chance for visitors to see and test the latest and most advanced equipment and technology in the flesh.

Les_10_finalistes_de_lADAC_Simracing_Trophy_avant_la_courseOn the Saturday the ADAC Simracing Trophy was held using the short layout of the Nürburgring. The 40 drivers who qualified for the event beforehand on the iRacing service had to check in early in the morning and were mandated to attend the drivers briefing. Having 40 drivers meant the event was split up in splits of 10 drivers per race. The prizes for the event would be handed out to the podium finishers of the final. CoRe Simracing’s Frederik Rasmussen claimed pole and was one of the favourites for the race win. Some havoc caused by a mistake from Pure Racing Team’s Maximilian Benecke in turn 1 meant that a few contenders were either taken out or severely damaged.Podium_de_lADAC_Simracing_Trophy
A few laps later MSP Phoenix Racing’s Lukas Jestädt and Frederik had contact meaning VRS Coanda Simsport’s Jeremy Bouteloup was now in the lead. The remainder of the race would be a close battle between Jeremy and Frederik who were the class of the field. In the end Frederik found his way by after a small error made by Jeremy. This meant Frederik won the event with Jeremy coming home in second; David Williams also driving for VRS Coanda Simsport finished third.

After the ADAC Simracing Trophy had finished it’s ceremonies it was time for the teams competing in Sunday’s ADAC GT500 to set up their simracing rigs. While it was mandated to use the motion rigs on the Saturday, the Sunday event allowed people to bring their own equipment.

ExpoGT500On the Sunday the drivers had to check in again and attend the drivers briefing. The race director for the ADAC GT500 race would be Sven Stoppe, who is the race director for the DTM and many other high level European racing series. In qualifying it would be the usual suspects up front. VRS Coanda Simsport #1 claimed the pole by roughly 2 tenths with Mitchell DeJong at the wheel. P2 to P4 was closely contested between Frederik Rasmussen, Maximilian Benecke and Jeremy Bouteloup, who were all roughly two tenths behind the #1 car. From the start Mitchell and Frederik were in a class of their own gapping everyone behind them. VRS Coanda Simsport #1 lead CoRe Simracing into the pits. VRS Coanda Simsport opted to take tyres, which meant CoRe Simracing came out in front despite a mistake on their part in the pits costing them valuable time. This meant that the race was now lead by Pure Racing Team. Going into the final stint it was CoRe Simracing leading,podiumGT500 Pure Racing Team following and VRS Coanda Simsport #1 chasing the both of them. The fresher tyres meant that Mack Bakkum, who had now taken over the car from Mitchell, could close to gap to the two leading cars. In the final laps of the race VRS Coanda Simsport passed both teams and ended up winning the event. Pure Racing Team finished second, CORE Motorsport charged from behind to just about overtake CoRe Simracing for the last step of the podium.

Despite the success of VRS Coanda Simsport in both events, the real winner was the simracing scene itself. With two highly anticipated competitions living up to their hype, this will surely have attracted many new faces to the scene. The 2018 SimRacing Expo will be held on the 15th and 16th of September and will look to improve on an already incredible event.


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