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BMW SIM M2 CS Racing Cup: Everything about participation and the races
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The BMW SIM M2 CS Racing Cup 2021 invites you to six exciting races around the world. Are you in a position to qualify for one of the top places? More importantly, how will you take part in the races and what are the requirements? 

The prize money

The top 3 drivers in the BMW SIM M2 CS Racing Cup will of course be rewarded for their efforts at the wheel with appropriate prize money. 500 euros await the first-place winner, second place receives 250 euros and the bronze medal is still rewarded with 100 euros. The winning driver of each race qualifies to take part in the BMW SIM M2 CS Racing Cup Final at BMW SIM Live 2021. If the winning driver of a race already qualifies for participation in the final, the best-placed driver who has not yet qualified will move up. The distribution of the prize money remains unaffected by this postponement.

The starting times

In this second season of competition, the BMW SIM M2 CS Racing Cup will be part of the GT Pro event package and act as support for the GT Pro Series. Each round will be held on the same tracks as GT Pro, with track activity completed prior to GT Pro qualifying.

Qualifying is open to all registered from rFactor 2 drivers and will consist of one two-hour track session per day, held three days before the race. The top 30 drivers from the three days (plus reserves) will be invited to the following race.

Dates of the qualification:

  •     25.02 - 27.02 - Qualification for round 1.
  •     11.03 - 13.03 - Qualification for round 2
  •     25.03 - 27.03 - Qualification for round 3
  •     08.04 - 10.04 - Qualification for round 4
  •     22.04 - 24.04 - Qualification for round 5
  •     06.04 - 08.04 - Qualification for round 6

Dates of the races:


  •     Round 1 - Grand Prix circuit of Imola


  •     Round 2 - Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps


  •     Round 3 - Silverstone Grand Prix Circuit


  •     Round 4 - Nürburgring Grand Prix circuit (without chicane)


  •     Round 5 - Sebring International Raceway


  •     Round 6 - Grand Prix of Indianapolis

Each race has a duration of 20 minutes and is held at 15:00 (in-game time). The events will consist of a practice session, qualifying and a race, which will be run according to the following schedule:

  •     18:00 - Open practice
  •     19:15 - Qualifying
  •     19:30 - Start of the race

Central European Time (CET) will apply to all timings.

The transmission of the races

All race events will be broadcast live and exclusively on the rFactor 2 Twitch channel, starting at 19:20 CET on the day of the race. 

How does the event work?

Pre-qualifying begins on February 25 with three two-hour open qualifying sessions in the days leading up to each race event. At the end of the qualifying competition, the top 30 (+ reserves) will be invited to the qualifying races to qualify for the BMW SIM M2 CS Racing Cup and compete against the world on the virtual race tracks. Just follow the @bmwmotorsport Twitter channel for the latest news!

What you need to participate

First, if you haven't already done so, you'll need to create a Steam account. Then you have to download the racing simulation rFactor2. You can do that at this point. Make the settings for the game and your available setup best in single player mode of rFactor 2. The vehicle for the events, the BMW M2 CS Racing, you can download here for just five euros

The pre-qualifiers are held in the rFactor 2 competition system, which you can find within the rFactor 2 user interface in the game. To register for the qualifying sessions, you'll need to navigate to the Competition tab in the UI, select the BMW M2 competition event, and click the Register button – this will register you for the entire series.

Once you've registered for the series, you'll find a listing of each qualifying event in the series, with registration for each opening 15 minutes before the session begins. Once the 15-minute counter is reached, you will be presented with a "Register" button that will allow you to join the server start queue once you click on it.

Curious? If you want to take part, the Simracing-unlimited-team will of course keep both fingers crossed for a good placement!


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