Game, set and match for Julien Schein at Silverstone
September 25, 2017
The BMW Virtual Racing Cup, the online racing series in Assetto Corsa with the BMW M235i Racing Cup cars, headed to Silverstone last thursday for the 4th round of the season. The big question was: who could stop leader in the championship Julien Schein? With 3 victories out of 3 races, Schein is looking promising for the title which will give him the opportunity to take a seat in a real BMW Clubsport Trophy racecar.
During the qualifying session, it already became clear Schein was hungry for yet another victory when he grabbed pole position with a 2.16.394, nearly half a second quicker than the man on P2 Lorenzo Gualtieri. Nelson De Bruijn was third quickest, on 1,3s. Once again, we were looking at an intense battle at the front between Schein and Gualtieri for victory, and some battles in the pack for the final podium position.
At the start of the race at Silverstone, it was Gualtieri who was the strongest of the two. After a few laps, he managed to build a gap up to 2 seconds on Schein. The latter however managed to come back to 1,1s right in front of the pitstops - which were a turning point in the race. Schein came out as leader with just over 1s of advantage to Gualtieri, who had to led go the leader in the championship. Schein eventually crossed the finish line with 6,151s of advantage on Gualtieri.
Further down the field Nelson De Bruijn was best of the rest and finished on the final podium spot. Just outside the podium, Gianni Quintelier and Bart Decoutere showed some really nice battles in the fight for P4. Quintelier managed to hold of Decoutere, Jeromy Hessels finished on P6. Niels Lagrange, who was in the slipstream of Hessels during the first part of the race, had to forfeit for the second part of the race.