Julien Schein first winner of the BMW Virtual Racing Cup 2017
June 19, 2017
Last thursday, the Dutch Circuit Zandvoort was the host of our first round of the BMW Virtual Racing Cup 2017, which is now running its second season. Amongst the participants, we saw many names returning. Last years champion Quentin Michaux, who will soon be testing a BMW Clubsport Trophy in real life, decided to rejoin the series for 2017.
Also some of our drivers from the BMW Clubsport Trophy and BMW M235i Racing Cup joined the field. Van Der Horst Racing teammates Steven Dewulf and Jeromy Hessels were now racing eachother instead of racing together against fellow BMW Clubsport Trophy driver Tom Werckx from JJ Motorsport, and also one of our stars in the VR Racing BMW M235i Racing Cup Niels Lagrange will complete the full Virtual Racing Cup season. Just like in the real life BMW Racing Cups, the level in the Virtual Cup is set pretty high.
During the qualifying session it was Julien Schein who was the quickest driver of the pack before Nelson De Bruijn and defending champion Quentin Michaux. Robbert De Rooij and Bart Decoutere, two drivers who have also rejoined us for the 2nd season, completed the top 5.
The one hour race was dominated from start to finish by poleman Julien Schein. Nelson de Bruijn managed to hold of Quentin Michaux in the battle for P2 for some laps, but had to let the defending champion go at the end. De Bruijn decided to go for an early pitstop, hoping he could make up some time but eventually rejoined in 3rd place after the pitstops.
Just outside the podium, Robert De Rooij and Bart Decoutere were fighting for P4 and P5. Decoutere managed to pass De Rooij for P4 right before his pitstop, and managed to keep that position untill the end of the race. Special mention goes to Robbie Bouchoms, who went from P15 to P6 after fighting his way up to the front.
Our drivers can now enjoy a nice summer break, before virtual racing rejoins on the 24th of August at Spa-Francorchamps.
24 August - Spa-Francorchamps (B)
7 September - Nurburgring GP (D)
21 September - Silverstone Silverstone International (UK)