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Dress rehearsal for 24 Hours of Daytona - virtual Formula E race in Las Vegas delights fans and drivers.

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Dress rehearsal for 24 Hours of Daytona - virtual Formula E race in Las Vegas delights fans and drivers.

 

  • IWSC: BMW Team RLL and Turner Motorsport testing in Daytona.
  • Formula E: virtual Formula E race in Las Vegas.
  • Formula E: Félix da Costa teaches NBA stars some tricks.
  • Asian Le Mans Series: fourth and fifth place for AAI Motorsport.

 

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IWSC: BMW Team RLL and Turner Motorsport testing in Daytona.

Three weeks before the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship’s (IWSC) new season starts at the legendary 24 Hours of Daytona (US), BMW Team RLL and the Turner Motorsport team completed their dress rehearsals at the Daytona International Speedway this weekend. Both teams took part in the three-day “Roar before the 24”, giving them the opportunity to perform comprehensive testing and see how the competition measures up for the first time this season. BMW Team RLL will compete in the GTLM class with two BMW M6 GTLMs, just like last year. These will be car numbers 19 and 24. The classic 24-hour race will also see the 19th BMW Art Car in action, which was designed by John Baldessari (US) and officially presented last year. There have been some changes to the driver pairings this year. During a total of seven test sessions, Bill Auberlen (US), Alexander Sims (GB), Augusto Farfus (BR) and Bruno Spengler (CA) shared the cockpit of the number 19 BMW M6 GTLM Art Car. Martin Tomczyk (DE), John Edwards (US), Kuno Wittmer (CA) and Nick Catsburg (NL) shared driving duties in the number 24 car. Turner Motorsport competed with a BMW M6 GT3 and one of the drivers was BMW works driver Jens Klingmann (DE).

Formula E: virtual Formula E race in Las Vegas.

A very special event took place this weekend in Las Vegas (US) to help bridge the long gap to the next race in the FIA Formula E Championship in Buenos Aires (AR) on 18th February. Prize money of one million US dollars was up for grabs in the Visa Vegas eRace, a virtual Formula E race that took place during the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) trade fair. The 20 Formula E drivers were up against ten gamers who had qualified for the event. This was the first event featuring drivers from a top-ranking racing series competing against selected gamers in a specially-created contest. Taking part was BMW works driver António Félix da Costa (PT), who is competing for the MS Amlin Andretti Team supported by BMW this season. The Portuguese driver claimed first place in the qualification race and his team-mate Robin Frijns (NL) finished third. The race itself was won by Dutch driver Bono Huis, who secured the top prize of 200,000 US dollars. Félix da Costa enjoyed another highlight, in addition to competing in the virtual race on the games console: together with his fellow Formula E competitors Sam Bird (GB) and Mitch Evans (NZ), he took part in a night-time show drive through Las Vegas in the Qualcomm BMW i8 Safety Car.

Formula E: Félix da Costa teaches NBA stars some tricks.

For BMW works driver António Félix da Costa (PT), this weekend was all about virtual racing. The Visa Vegas eRace gave the Portuguese driver the opportunity to teach basketball legends Shaquille O'Neal, Charles Barkley and Kenny Smith (all US) some special tricks. At the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) trade fair, Félix da Costa showed the NBA stars the most important tips and tricks for getting the most out of the race simulator, which was also used in the virtual race on Saturday.

Asian Le Mans Series: fourth and fifth place for AAI Motorsport.

The AAI Motorsports team had some vigorous support this weekend at the third race of the Asian Le Mans Series in Buriram (TH). BMW DTM driver Tom Blomqvist (GB), who had already made a guest appearance last year, was joined on the circuit by former BMW Motorsport Junior Jesse Krohn (FI) and Philipp Eng (AT), the winner of the 24 Hours of Spa. Blomqvist and Krohn shared driving duties in the number 90 BMW M6 GT3 with regular driver Akira Iida (JP), and crossed the line to finish in fourth place in the GT class after four hours. Eng competed together with Jun San Chen (TW) and Ollie Millroy (GB) in the number 91 BMW M6 GT3 and finished fifth. The final round of the 2016/2017 Asian Le Mans Series will take place on 22nd January in Sepang (MY).

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