iRacing has announced they will be sponsoring the Nurburgring 100 in Round 5 of the Blancpain Endurance Series. Spanning 1000km, the race, known as the "iRacing.com Nurburgring will be held at the Nurburgring GP-Strecke Circuit on September 19th – September 21st.
The venue will also be used to host a sim racing expo, where attendees will be able to try out iRacing for free.
“The Blancpain Endurance Series brings the world’s top GT cars and teams to one of the world’s great race circuits for the Nurburgring 1000,” says Tony Gardner, president of iRacing.com. “More than 50,000 iRacers worldwide have the opportunity to race digital versions of some of the leading cars in the Blancpain Endurance Series, including the BMW Z4 GT3 and the McLaren MP4-12C. With such a large international fan base, we feel our association with this series, and the Nurburgring 1000 and Sim Racing Expo 2014 in particular, is a great way to introduce iRacing to even more racing fans from Europe and all around the world.”
“We’re pleased to have iRacing.com as sponsor of the Nurburgring 1000,” says series promoter Stephane Ratel. Marc Hennerici from the host promoter ADAC Mittelrhein adds: “iRacing.com, the Blancpain Endurance Series and the Nurburgring represent the epitome in their respective endeavors, and we look forward to a long and fruitful partnership with iRacing.”
This collaboration prompts an obvious question: is the Nurburgring on the horizon for inclusion in iRacing? Well, it just so happens that a scanning team has coincidentally been spotted on-site according to BridgetoGantry, although it hasn't been confirmed if the team is affiliated with iRacing.
Of course, this isn't the first time the Nurburgring has been painstakingly laser-scanned – earlier this year, Turn10 released their long-awaited Nurburgring for Forza 5, in what was hailed as the most accurate recreation of the famous circuit to date. Is Forza 5 about to meet its match?