In response to the ‘motorsport-free’ period forced by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Porsche Carrera Cup Germany is moving its racing activities into the virtual world. Today, for example, the national one-make cup is running the ‘Porsche Esports Carrera Cup Germany – Race at Home’ event. 24 drivers will take part in the two 30-minute races on the digital Autodrom Most (Czech Republic).
“With ‘Race at Home’, we are expanding our Esports activities and underlining the important role that digital motorsport plays for us in the Porsche Carrera Cup Germany. We have been active in this area since last year and I am looking forward to two exciting races,” said Hurui Issak, Project Manager of the Porsche Carrera Cup Germany series.
“Experienced sim racers and highly motivated newcomers bustle around in the driver’s field. I am particularly happy about the start of Timo Bernhard, Porsche’s brand ambassador He can look back on an impressive career and is now taking part in virtual motorsport with us, ” added Issak.
The Autodrom Most stretches for 4.212 kms and consists of 21 curves. In addition to the two races, free training (35 minutes) and a 15-minute qualifying session are on the program. The top three of both races will each receive credit for the entry fee for the real season of the Porsche Carrera Cup Germany. A total of 15,000 euros in prizes can be won.
New challenge for Porsche’s Brand Ambassador
Timo Bernhard, 39, is one of the most successful sportscar drivers of all time. He is a 2-time world champion in the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC), 2-time overall winner of the 24 Hours of Le Mans and has collected 5 overall successes in the 24-hour race at the Nurburgring,
Today, the Porsche brand ambassador, as owner of Team75 Bernhard, is still active in motorsport. The racing team is used in the ADAC GT Masters, the ADAC GT4 Germany, in selected endurance races and in karting. “Anyone who has followed me in my active career knows that I am always open to new things and like to face a challenge. So far I have had little experience with sim racing,” he admitted.
Successful Porsche sim racer Max Benecke says the single most important thing you can do if you want to progress in sim racing is to keep practicing. “Have as professional an approach to it as you can. Be dedicated, stay fit, stay positive and remember to enjoy it! Do all this and the opportunities will open up for you,” said the 26-year old who races for races for Team Redline and often challenges Formula 1 stars like Max Verstappen and Lando Norris.
Virtual 24 Hours of Le Mans as well
The newly created Porsche eSports team will also take part in the virtual 24 Hours of Le Mans on June 13/14 with four Porsche 911 RSRs. In the digital race on the legendary French circuit, Porsche factory drivers, juniors and young professionals share the cockpit with experienced sim racers. Professionals from the online and offline worlds thus fight together for success.
The Porsche eSports Team has 16 drivers in its squad. The simulation platform rFactor2 is used for the premiere of the ultimate simracing long-distance race with the involvement of factory drivers.