Bucket seat instead of Christmas market, steering wheel instead of mulled wine - this is the motto for the Saturday of the fourth Advent weekend. Race two of the Digital Nürburgring Endurance Series presented by Goodyear starts on 17 December. A few days before Christmas, the NIMEX 3.5h race is one of the last events of the year. The participants want to close 2022 with a good result. The four classes of the popular digital Nordschleife championship will be correspondingly exciting. The hot racing action will be delivered to the home screen by the LEGO Technic livestream at vln.de from 11:30 a.m. - the perfect contrast programme to the snow and ice on the doorstep.
The season opener of the DNLS was a foretaste of what awaits the fans of virtual racing in the second race of the winter season 22/23. The race win between Dörr Motorsport and Walkenhorst Motorsport was decided in the final minutes of the opening race. A few seconds separated the protagonists when Alexi Elomaa lost control of his BMW M4 GT3 shortly before the Brünnchen and lost what he thought was an almost certain victory. This time, even more concentration is required because the race distance is 30 minutes longer. This not only offers the fans a lot more action, but also gives the teams new opportunities to achieve success through a perfect strategy.
The field of participants in the H&R 3h Race was tight. Calculated on the fastest lap in the race, the fastest and slowest vehicle in the SP9 class were separated by just 7.366 seconds. Leading laps were collected by the winners, Dörr Esports (5), Walkenhorst Motorsport (13) and the AMG teams HRT by Unicorns of Love (5), WilliamsEsports (1) and URANO eSports (1).
In the NIMEX 3.5h race, the two teams MJR eSports and SimScene Racing will make a guest start. The latter will be supported by Real driver Yves Volte, who won the KTM X-BOW CUP in NLS 2022 together with Felix von der Laden and Georg Griesemann.
In the Cup 2 class, a number of virtual offshoots of the real NLS teams are fighting for the day's victory. Race one was won by Team75 Bernhard by SimRC ahead of PhoenixRacing eSports and Leipert eSports. Other well-known team names include KKRämer Racing Esports, Peter Bonk Per4mance and W&S e-Motorsport.
In SP10, junior teams from Dörr Esports and Walkenhorst, among others, are represented. They will meet renowned sim racers in the service of CoRe SimRacing, BS-COMPETITION, URANO eSports and Team RSO. BCMC Motorsport and the Downforce Racing Team will be making guest appearances.
The Hyundai Elantra N TC celebrated a good debut in the DNLS. The fastest race lap of the touring car from South Korea at the season opener was 8:41.659 minutes. This means that the Simracers lost only three laps to the leaders in the SP3T over the distance of three hours. SimRC $DNLS currently leads the standings, ahead of Impulse Racing and Puresim Esports.
Free practice for the NIMEX 3.5h race will take place from 9am to 11:05am. The timed practice will be split into two parts. From 11:40 to 12:20, the Cup 2, SP10 and SP3T classes will fight for grid positions. The SP9 will complete the time hunt from 12:30 to 12:45. The race will start at 1 p.m. in four starting groups.