Start-finish victory: Maximilian Benecke wins the Porsche SimRacing Trophy
Last year's winner Frederik Rasmussen already eliminated in the quarter finals.
He was one of the absolute top favourites. And exceeded all expectations in the final of the Porsche SimRacing Trophy at the ADAC SimRacing Expo at the Nürburgring: Maximilian Benecke achieved an impressive start-finish victory. Behind them there were some skirmishes.
Moritz Löhner (second) and Jeremy Bouteloup (third) were involved in the skirmishes as well as Mikko Melkkilä (fourth) and Kamil Franczak (fifth). The four didn't give each other anything in their respective duels and thus kept the tension high with hundreds of spectators on the Nürburgring Boulevard.
Because right at the front, at the top, Benecke impressively demonstrated why he is one of the best iRacers ever. The iRacers drove the finale on the sprint track of the Nürburgring Grand Prix circuit. Right at the start of the race, Benecke was already outpaced in the Mercedes Arena and drove lap after lap about half a second out on the competition. In the end, he was twelve seconds ahead of Löhner. The fact that the gap wasn't even bigger was due to Benecke slowing down at some point.
In addition to the skirmishes his pursuers were involved in, there was already a violent crash in the first lap in the area of the bit curve: co-favourite Jack Sedgwick rolled over, but was able to continue the race and finished in a respectable eighth place. Tom Vallenthini (ninth) and Nils Koch (tenth) were compassionate in this accident.
Last year's winner Frederik Rasmussen had already finished in the quarter finals. These four races were held in Monza, the two semi-finals in Australia. Around Rasmussen there had been various position fights. The Dane made a driving mistake, got involved in an accident and retired.
It should be the only prominent retirement at the final of the Porsche SimRacing Trophy at the ADAC SimRacing Expo at the Nürburgring this year. Compared to the two previous years this is a great progress. At that time things were much more chaotic, which meant that only a few co-favorites made it to the finals.
About ADAC Mittelrhein e.V.:
With more than 720,000 members, automobile club ADAC Mittelrhein e.V. includes the geographical regions around Koblenz and Trier as well as Main – the state capital of Rhineland-Palatinate – and parts of Rhenish Hesse. A hundred-percent subsidiary of ADAC Mittelrhein e.V., FW Freizeit- und Wirtschaftsdienst GmbH is the organizer of the ADAC SimRacing Expo, one of the world's biggest virtual motorsport gaming exhibits.
About co|wana GmbH:
Based in Fürth, co|wana GmbH is an experienced full-service marketing agency with many years of experience in the electronic entertainment industry. This year, co|wana has been chosen to be one of the partners responsible for organizing the ADAC SimRacing Expo 2018. Other clients of co|wana are Bethesda Softworks, Red Bull and Cooler Master. In addition, co|wana is working in trade fair construction: with its sister company media|lounge GmbH, one of the company's flagship projects is a joint booth measuring 1,000 m² at gamescom in Cologne, Germany.
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