With the Spa round still fresh on the memory, our drivers did their third race of the season in the BMW Virtual Racing Cup last thursday. Was somebody going to beat Julien Schein at Nürburgring, or would he once again prove to be the strongest competitor?
During qualifying, only two drivers managed to go below the 2.12 limit. Leader in the championship Schein managed to put in a stunning 2.11.093, which was good enough for pole position with 0,4s advantage over Lorenzo Gualtieri. Michaux qualified 3rd, before De Bruijn, Decoutere and Hessels.
During the start of the race, it was poleman Julien Schein who had the best getaway before Lorenzo Gualtieri and Quinten Michaux. The three leaders managed to pull a small gap on Jeromy Hessels, who had a hardfought battle for P4 with his fellow countryman Nelson De Bruijn. Robbie Bouchoms was following in 5th place, but after missing his braking point at the Veedol chicane he dropped back to p8. Stefan Rensen and Gianni Quintelier were following the pack, waiting for the rest to make a mistake. A strategy which would later pay off.
The leaders in the front could make advantage of the intense battles behind, and after defending champion Quentin Michaux had to deal with bad luck, only Lorenzo Gualtieri could manage to follow the ever dominant Julien Schein - who was putting in very fast and constant laptimes. After the pitstops, Schein rejoined the pack as leader and extend his lead to 12s on Lorenzo Gualtieri. He eventually won the race with 26s on Gualtieri after a small spin from the latter.
'Man of the race' was Nelson De Bruijn, who fought his way back to the front after contact with Hessels in the beginning of the race. The dutchman lost a few places, but fought his way back one by one. Just in front of the pitstops he managed to pull away and build up a small gap. Gianni Quintelier, who drove an intelligent race, nearly overtook De Bruijn after the series of pitstops but the Dutchman was just that little bit quicker. De Bruijn finished in P3, in front of Gianni Quintelier op P4. Stefan Rensen climbed up to p5, in front of Robbie Bouchoms in 6th place.
VIDEO: onboard action from Gianni Quintelier
Schein now extends his lead to 150 points. Right behind him, the battle is intense for 2nd place with De Bruijn (115), Gualtieri (110) and Michaux (105) only 10 points shy of eachother.
Our next round is at Silverstone on thursday the 21st of September.