Last weekend, our NVIDIA car simulator series travelled to Germany for a round in the nation's iconic touring car championship, the DTM. The car of choice was the Mercedes-AMG C-Klasse Coupe DTM, an absolute monster, dripping with aerodynamic flare.
Nurburgring GP was the venue, and while it may not be as daunting as it's big brother next door, the Nordschleife, the GP Circuit is still a technical challenge in its own right. It's a circuit with great flow, which constantly changes direction from corner-to-corner, with tight hairpins and chicanes, complimented by some wonderful high speed sections like the Schumacher S, named after 7-times F1 World Champion, Michael Schumacher.
The NVIDIA Challenger Series is an fixed setup eSports competition, so none of our drivers can make any adjustments to their car. As always, this made for an extremely tight contest, with all of the drivers needing to nail the perfect lap to compete at the sharp end.
Read on to find out who could find the quickest lap at the Nurburgring.
Please note that SMS is currently investigating allegations that a very small number of teams may have gained an unfair advantage by sharing their game accounts with their teammates. We are taking this very seriously and we are working closely with Steam and the console companies in this investigation. Any teams found to have used "account sharing" will be penalised appropriately once this investigation has concluded. In the meantime, rounds and results will continue as normal.
Update: 19 Sept 2016
Team RSP driver, ArKiE has been reinstated in the results after RSP provided video evidence which proved that he did not cut the inside of turn 3.
Team Shark Racing put on a dominant display this week, with 5 of its drivers finishing inside the top 6 and another win for Yinato. SoniK was SDL's best performer in second place, but Shark's strong result sees it pull away from SDL at the top of the team standings. Yinato has also consolidated his lead over SoniK in the drivers championship, but it still looks like both of these battles will go all the way to the end of the season.
Elsewhere in the results for Round 8, there were solid performances by PSFRacing and eSPORTS+CARS, with both teams picking up more than 20 points. SpideR grabbed all of the points for PSF, whilst ralphy, ODB and eol all scored for the CARS team. Team Stik Racing also scored its first points of the season thanks to Joker_1 who came home in 12th position, and dofrer27 put the SRT Elite Team on the board for the first time.
Drivers eliminated from the Console results were:
- VP_Darwin_Daume: 3 wheels off track inside turn 14.
- SRT_ChucKno33: 3 wheels off track on the exit of turn 6.
- SDL-Mihalo: Ghost time did not match leaderboard time.
- SRT_Yooda: 3 wheels off track inside turn 14.
- PSFRacing_Fab: 3 wheels off track inside turn 3.
- Simmo 99x: 3 wheels off track on the exit of turn 2.
- Bulletprooth V2: 3 wheels off track on the exit of turn 4.
It was a great round for the BAM.Thrustmaster team, which had 3 drivers finish in the top 5, including another victory for Khaki. His fifth win of the season in the NCS. Masa and Mangator helped SDL to keep up the pressure on BAM by finishing second and third respectively. However, that wasn't enough to stop BAM retaking the lead in the team standings, as it is now 10 points ahead of SDL.
Elsewhere, Cluck had another solid week for Revolution Sim Racing, coming home eighth to consolidate the team's third place in the team standings. There were also more points for privateer driver Yorkie in 14th place, whilst Claytonssv picked up 6 points for Coyote Online Racing and TacticaL grabbed 5 for CQR Club.
The dominance of BAM and SDL continues though, with just two rounds remaining to decide which team will come out on top.
Drivers eliminated from the PC results were:
- aurelien_65: 3 wheels off track on the exit of turn 4.
- kwyjibo: 3 wheels off track on the exit of turn 4.
To see the full results of this round and the season so far, please visit the Series page.