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deJong, Rogers Team Up to Dominate BMW SIM GT Cup at Silverstone

deJong, Rogers Team Up to Dominate BMW SIM GT Cup at Silverstone

Luck finally went the way of Mitchell deJong and Joshua Rogers in the top split of Sunday’s BMW SIM GT Cup round at Silverstone Circuit, as the duo led nearly every lap of the 63-lap race to take their first checkered flag of the year in the series. Rogers qualified on pole and dominated the early stretch, while deJong stepped in for the second half of the race and held off the second place team of race starter Maximilian Benecke and closer Enzo Bonito, winners two weeks ago at Suzuka, by 3.401 seconds. Chris Lulham and Daniel Juncadella completed the podium.

With the highest strength of field yet in a BMW SIM GT Cup top split in 2021, well exceeding 7400, the racing was intense among a lineup of capable drivers. 24 of the 36 starters qualified within a second of one another to set the grid, while 23 made it to the finish on the lead lap, and another six only finished one lap down. However, in spite of Benecke and Bonito pressuring Rogers and deJong for the race lead, only Mikkel Gade and Matti Sipila registered a lap led apiece during the pit cycle to break up the winning duo’s perfect race.

Max Verstappen’s continued bid to win a BMW SIM GT Cup race suffered an early blow after damage in contact with Ayhancan Guven on Lap 6; he would fall outside of the top 10 as a result. Teammate Gianni Vecchio would take over at the halfway point and never leave the top 10 after the pit cycle, helping the duo recover to finish eighth.

Top split results from Sunday’s BMW SIM GT Cup round at Silverstone were as follows:

Fin.

St.

No.

Team

Laps

Interval

Led

Best

1 1 8 VRS Coanda Simsport $8 63 61 1:54.263
2 2 1 Team Redline Red 63 -3.401 0 1:54.301
3 5 6 Team Redline Purple 63 -7.329 0 1:54.566
4 3 88 VRS Coanda Simsport $88 63 -13.348 0 1:54.457
5 7 71 Team Redline Blue 63 -22.713 0 1:54.721
6 14 89 BS COMPETITION BLUE 63 -29.269 0 1:54.583
7 11 474 MSi eSports 120 63 -30.039 0 1:54.725
8 4 33 Team Redline Orange 63 -33.604 0 1:54.921
9 17 99 Apex Racing Team $99 63 -34.085 0 1:54.689
10 12 90 BS COMPETITION RED 63 -36.320 1 1:54.697
11 8 81 VRS Coanda Simsport $81 63 -37.887 0 1:54.891
12 9 777 KOVA $777 63 -41.329 0 1:54.675
13 6 18 VRS Coanda Simsport $18 63 -42.595 0 1:54.893
14 24 48 VRS Coanda Simsport $48 63 -46.656 0 1:54.735
15 13 2 R8G Esports #8 63 -51.851 0 1:54.843
16 18 4 Team Fordzilla Kiwi 63 -55.446 0 1:55.149
17 10 707 KOVA $707 63 -1:05.665 1 1:54.585
18 20 3 URANO eSports HUAWEI 63 -1:11.216 0 1:55.170
19 19 5 URANO eSports HP 63 -1:26.955 0 1:55.022
20 21 217 Triple A Esports $217 63 -1:37.570 0 1:55.071
21 27 27 Lotema Racing Team 63 -1:42.440 0 1:54.947
22 33 78 Ronin SimSport 63 -2:25.278 0 1:55.641
23 31 219 Triple A Esports $219 63 -2:32.008 0 1:55.224
24 15 450 Biela Racing Team EURONICS 62 -1 L 0 1:54.843
25 30 227 Lotema Racing Carbon 62 -1 L 0 1:55.378
26 25 9 Triple A Esports $220 62 -1 L 0 1:55.103
27 34 10 AXA SimSport $138 62 -1 L 0 1:55.477
28 36 77 Volante Racing 62 -1 L 0 1:55.800
29 29 23 Team Anatolia GTE 62 -1 L 0 1:55.392
30 16 1 R8G Junior 58 -5 L 0 1:54.711
31 32 11 5Star Motorsport Blue 48 -15 L 0 1:55.525
32 22 178 Maniti Racing 44 -19 L 0 1:54.904
33 28 218 Triple A Esports $218 0 -63 L 0
34 23 37 Sportteam Competicion 0 -63 L 0
35 35 86 Aquiver Motorsports Huutokaupat.com 0 -63 L 0
36 26 7 URANO eSports HEINEKINGMEDIA 0 -63 L 0

 

The BMW SIM GT Cup will feature 10 races over the course of 2021, split into two seasons. The first five-race season will feature the BMW M8 GTE, while the second will shift to the new BMW M4 GT3 that made its iRacing debut in December. Each race features a mandatory driver changeover and a $4,200 prize pool split among the top three finishers in the top split, with the winning duo taking home $2,400. The remaining rounds of 2021 Season 1 are as follows:

  • May 2: Road Atlanta
  • May 16: Nurburgring GP-Strecke

For more information on BMW Motorsport, including BMW Motorsport Sim Racing, visit www.bmw-motorsport.com. For more information on iRacing and for special offers, visit www.iracing.com.

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