DNLS by Goodyear: The decisions to be made at the finale

The Digital Nürburgring Endurance Series presented by Goodyear is entering the home straight. The championship decisions in all four race classes will be reached at the KALFF 4h Race on Saturday, 11 March 2023. While the engines are already roaring on the real Nordschleife as part of the Nürburgring’s test and set-up days, the longest DNLS race of the year will be broadcasted in the LEGO Technic Livestream on VLN.de. The pre-show already starts at 11 a.m., including a live link to Patrick Simon who will capture voices in the pit lane one week before the NLS season opener (18 March).

A hot battle for the title is to be expected in the GT3 class SP9. Theoretically, seven teams still have a chance to win the overall title. With 15 points still to be awarded, Williams Esports Razer (29 points), AMG Team URANO eSPorts (27), AMG Team HRT by Unicorns of Love (26), Dörr Esports (21), AMG Team WilliamsEsports (17), Adrenalin Motorsport (17) and Walkenhorst Motorsport (15) are all candidates for gaining the championship. The top four teams have each recorded one victory in the season so far. The top three teams in race four – HRT, Williams Razer and Adrenalin – will start the 4-hour race with handicap times for the pit stop. However, they now also have 30 minutes more racing time to compensate for this.

In Cup2, where the teams will contest the race with identical Porsche 911 GT3 Cup cars, the title fight will be decided between Team75 Bernhard by SimRC currently in first place and Phoenix Racing ESports in second. The championship leaders have already claimed two victories and one second place. The score of the pursuers is exactly the opposite. In terms of numbers, only four points separate the two teams. Should Phoenix win the final, both teams would be tied on points and the pendulum would then swing in favour of Team75 as they have achieved the better individual result in race three.

Conversely, BS+Competition’s cushion of points in SP10 is absolutely comfortable. The team from Munich took three wins with the BMW M4 GT4 and leads with 45 points ahead of URANO eSports with 37 points. Dylan Scrivens and Constantin Tscharf on their part won race two. Should they win the class at the finale with their Mercedes-AMG GT4, a third place would be enough for BS+Competition to win the title. Team Sapphire SimSport Alpha will for the first time be competing in the GT4 class at the finale. German Nils Corr and American Thomas Fischer will take turns at the wheel of the virtual Mercedes-AMG GT4.

A showdown between two teams is also to be expected in the SP3T class. Here, SimRC leads the table with 41 points ahead of Team Heusinkveld (32 points). So even if their pursuers win, fourth place would still enough for the championship leaders to win the title.

The free practice of the KALFF 4h Race will take place on Saturday from 9 to 11:05 am. The timed practice is divided 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.