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      04-17-2020, 01:57 AM   #1
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Top 3 Shutout For M8 GTE in IMSA iRacing Pro Series at Laguna Seca Virtual Circuit

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Top-three shut-out for the BMW M8 GTE in the second IMSA iRacing Pro Series race on the Laguna Seca virtual circuit.
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April 17, 2020

The second race of the season has seen the virtual BMW M8 GTE continue its success story in the IMSA iRacing Pro Series. After the opening race in Sebring (USA) in March, drivers this time celebrated a top-three shut-out with this car at the Laguna Seca (USA) circuit.

Spengler had secured the win at the season-opener in Sebring ahead of Catsburg and Jesse Krohn (FIN) and started the Laguna Seca race from third position. He moved into the lead after the pit stop. He was overtaken by BMW works driver Philipp Eng (AUT) but moved back ahead after the Austrian lost ground, having been involved in an accident through no fault of his own. However, van Gisbergen and Catsburg rounded off another top-three shut-out for the BMW M8 GTE. Two more BMW drivers reached the top 10, with Eng finishing sixth and Turner Motorsport driver Robby Foley (USA) in seventh place. A total of 50 cars were on the starting grid.

The next race in the IMSA iRacing Pro Series takes place in two weeks at the virtual circuit in Mid-Ohio (USA).

Bruno Spengler (#7 BMW M8 GTE, BMW IMSA Team Red, 1st place): "I am delighted to have won again. The race was great fun. Many thanks to the whole team at work in the background. It could really have ended very differently today after I lost the lead to Philipp Eng for a while. Luckily, I did manage to get the win in the end. I was sorry for Philipp, as he suffered similar bad luck to mine and was involved in an accident through no fault of his own. In general, the traffic on this short circuit made things difficult. I am really looking forward to the next race – and of course I’m looking forward to racing in the BMW Z4 GT3 on Saturday, on the Nordschleife in the DNLS."

Nick Catsburg (#10 BMW M8 GTE, BMW IMSA Team Red, 3rd place): "This race was much more intensive than the one in Sebring. The strategy and the traffic played a much greater part. The short laps mean that you are pretty much always involved in battles. I tried not to take too many risks, but I couldn’t be overcautious. In the end, Shane van Gisbergen was just a bit too fast. It was great fun again nonetheless."

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We are aware of the current difficult situation, but decided to keep on providing you with regular press releases in the coming weeks and months. We will be reporting on the adventures of our BMW works drivers in sim racing as well as releasing interviews and background stories primarily on the subject of technology within BMW Group Motorsport.

BMW M8 GTE Top 3 Shutout at Laguna Seca Virtual Circuit




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So much sand at the corkscrew! Hope iRacing models the reduction in tire grip as a result of it. Also that green M8 GTE looks awesome!
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So much sand at the corkscrew! Hope iRacing models the reduction in tire grip as a result of it. Also that green M8 GTE looks awesome!
The tire models need to be fixed FOR SURE. Coming out of a corner on throttle, tap a rumple strip, sometimes it handles it like a normal car and doesn't care, but sometimes it's like you hit ice and puts you in the wall. It's so sporadic.
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Good luck getting into, and then out of, D class. That's honestly the worst part, trying to finish somewhat decent and getting little to no incidents.
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Good luck getting into, and then out of, D class. That's honestly the worst part, trying to finish somewhat decent and getting little to no incidents.
Trick - don't qualify, let the pack get ahead. In most cases a top 5 finish, trust me!
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Good luck getting into, and then out of, D class. That's honestly the worst part, trying to finish somewhat decent and getting little to no incidents.
Trick - don't qualify, let the pack get ahead. In most cases a top 5 finish, trust me!
nice! because they all wreck?
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nice! because they all wreck?
Most often, yes. Used to qualify almost all races, now I rarely qualify and have much better results from a damage and consistency perspective. Now I only qualify when I'm in a decent grid with above 1500ir lol

If you want to move up and keep SR/iRating, just start in the back and move your way up through attrition, it's honestly the fastest way. If you're up front, someone from behind 9/10 times will wreck you because they are too impatient or inexperienced to do so "safely"
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