The world's best eSports drivers are getting ready for an extraordinary SimRacing competition
Once again, the ADAC SimRacing Expo will host visitors, motorsport enthusiasts and SimRacers – and once again, the stars of the international SimRacing scene will meet at the Nürburgring. This year, the ADAC SimRacing Expo will take place between August 30 and September 1. As one of the world's biggest SimRacing shows with numerous eSports events and exciting exhibitors covering SimRacing and slot cars, the ADAC SimRacing Expo is the perfect event for the whole family. Entrance to the expo area is free of charge, visitors can make a voluntary donation for the eSports Arena.
There is a lot to do and to see at the ADAC SimRacing Expo 2019: both the top-notch driver line-up of the Porsche SimRacing Trophy and the ADAC Digital GT500 feature more professionals than ever before. With renowned pro drivers such as Maximilian Benecke and newcomers such as Joshua K. Rogers, the events gather the all-stars of the racing scene. Visitors can see them either at the ring°arena – with 1,500 seats well-prepared to host all eSports events – or at home via live stream.
Porsche SimRacing Trophy – a true world-class competition
June was a busy month for the competitors of the eSports single competition. Everybody who owns the SimRacing software iRacing had a chance to qualify for the Porsche SimRacing Trophy. Starting August 30, the best 36 drivers will compete for the top spots at the Nürburgring. Organizer Marc Hennerici is thrilled about the tight field: "The skill level of our competitors is breathtaking: only 0.4 seconds separate the drivers at positions #1 and #36."
Many of those who qualified are true veterans of the SimRacing scene. Maximilian Benecke won last year's event and is in this year's top ten. As the best German driver, Patrik Holzmann secured qualification position #3. The biggest surprise? Newcomer Joshua K. Rogers. The young Australian came out of nowhere and landed on position #1. He also leads at the Porsche Esports Supercup – a championship with prizes totaling over $100,000.
This year, the Porsche SimRacing Trophy has several updates in store. On Friday, the 36 competitors start their races in three groups. The drivers that score positions #8 to #11 in each group race each other in a last chance race. The best three move on to the finals. These take place on Saturday evening when the best drivers compete for the Porsche SimRacing Trophy. Additionally, the track pool has grown from six to a total of nine tracks – and drivers can give their all in both the Porsche GT3 Cup and the Porsche 911 RSR. Porsche has committed to non-cash prizes worth €10,000.
ADAC Digital GT500 with new technology
Quite a few changes are coming to the long-distance team competition. All 24 participating teams start on the same simulators: the DRseven. The world's first full-motion simulator with seven actuators and six degrees of freedom creates a more realistic driving experience than ever before. 12 simulators will be stationed in both the ring°arena and the Nürburgring eSports Lounge where the 24 teams compete in the GTE class. Additionally, the Manufacturers Club offers several exhibitor teams the chance to race for position #1 in GT3 class cars. For this event, the exhibitors use their own simulators.
Not just the new technology is best in class. The list of participants of the ADAC Digital GT500 is a high-caliber one, too – including the top 12 drivers of 2018. Successful teams such as Pure Racing, VRS Coanda, Formula One offshoots Williams eSports and Red Bull Racing eSports make sure that this event is going to be a memorable one. Newcomer team Logitech G Altus made the long trek from Australia, in addition to European teams from France, the UK and Malta. Phoenix Racing, winner of 2019's 24-hour race at Nürburgring, will send their eSports team, too – as will Frank Biela, one of Germany's most successful race car drivers. Biela won five times in Le Mans and scored victories in Touring Car Championships in Germany, the UK and the US. The ADAC Digital GT500 with a prize money of €5,000 starts at noon on Saturday, August 31.
More than 20,000 visitors came to experience all that the ADAC SimRacing Expo had to offer in 2018 – more than ever before. 2019 is poised to surpass this number, supported by technological advances in exhibition construction and event technology. Other highlights are the Carrera Fun Tour and numerous SimRacing exhibitors.
More information can be found at www.simracingexpo.de/en, on Facebook (www.facebook.com/simracingexpo/), on Twitter (www.twitter.com/SimRacingExpo) and on Instagram (@adac_simracing_expo). The expo area of the ADAC SimRacing Expo opens Friday at 4 pm and closes at 6 pm. Saturday and Sunday, visitors can explore the exhibits between 10 am and 6 pm. The ring°arena opens at 6:30 pm (Friday) and 9 am (Saturday) and closes each day at 11:30 pm. Entrance to the expo area is free of charge. Visitors can make a voluntary donation for the eSports arena.
About ADAC Mittelrhein e.V.:
With over 730,000 members, the ADAC Mittelrhein e.V. includes the regions around Koblenz and Trier, the Rhineland-Palatinate state capital Mainz and parts of Rhinehesse. As a wholly-owned subsidiary of ADAC Mittelrhein e.V., the ADAC Travel & Event Mittelrhein GmbH is the organizer of the ADAC SimRacing Expo, one of the largest gaming trade fairs in virtual motor sport.
About co|wana GmbH:
co|wana GmbH, based in Langenzenn, Germany, has been a full-service marketing agency in the electronic entertainment industry for many years and has been jointly responsible for the organization of the ADAC SimRacing Expo since 2018. co|wana's customers include ADAC Mittelrhein e. V., Bethesda Softworks, Red Bull and Coolermaster. The Franconians are also active in exhibition stand construction: the affiliate media|lounge GmbH organizes, among other things, a 1,000 square meter joint stand at gamescom in Cologne.
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