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Identical to a father ready for his children to affix him for dinner, Philip Stamm sat patiently in a gray chair with wood armrests for 2 of Porsche Coanda Esports Racing Crew’s drivers to accompany him for our interview.
This isn’t the primary time I’ve been fortunate sufficient to interview the Crew Principal.
Again in February, then Coanda Simsport gained the 2021 Autosport Esports Team of the Year Award. Stamm and driver Mitchell deJong met with me on Zoom to debate the unbelievable feat. Wanting again, that second was merely a stepping stone to one thing even greater on the horizon for the German esports firm.
Philip Stamm, Porsche Coanda Esports Racing Crew
On the time, Porsche had chosen Coanda Esports to signify their model within the 2021-22 Le Mans Digital Sequence, which Stamm known as a “large honour.” Not even one yr later, the staff has recoded the race to develop into Porsche Coanda Esports and can debut their recent look with two LMP2 automobiles at this yr’s LMVS.
An achievement Stamm doesn’t take calmly.
“I believe it’s an excellent accomplishment for the entire world of sim racing to have somebody transitioning from the true racing world, like Porsche, into the sim world. It additionally exhibits the skilled state we’ve reached by now in sim racing and typically.
“The partnership with Porsche is for us, I imply, a factor that we have been dreaming of for a very long time. We have been working arduous principally since we based Coanda. And yeah, generally arduous work pays off.”
Tommy Østgaard, Porsche Coanda Esports Racing Crew
That onerous work contains onboarding a roster of among the world’s finest racing esports drivers, together with Tommy Østgaard and Mack Bakkum, whose smiles beamed with satisfaction as their staff principal talked about Porsche.
“It’s fairly particular. I’ve at all times been a fan of Porsche and it’s the third yr now that we are able to signify Porsche within the Digital Le Mans Sequence, however now in 2022 because the official manufacturing facility staff,” mentioned Østgaard, the 2020 24 Hours of Le Mans Digital winner. “They’ve an incredible historical past in motorsport and of profitable. So, that’s a giant accountability.”
Bakkum, the runner-up at 2022 24 Hour of LMV, nodded in settlement.
Mack Bakkum, Porsche Coanda Esports Racing Crew
“It’s such a world, extraordinarily recognizable model for everybody. If you see Porsche, everybody form of is aware of what you’re speaking about. So, to have the ability to signify one thing like that, I believe that’s actually cool.
“It actually form of transfers over to completely different components of…your social life, the place folks can see, ‘Okay, Porsche’s concerned with this,’ – this is a little more critical.”
Each drivers primarily stay collectively close to the brand-new Coanda Esports hub in Germany, alongside a number of of their team-mates, as effectively. In a time the place most drivers log in from their very own sim rigs at residence, wherever that could be on the planet, the Porsche Coanda squad has created their very own model of residence collectively.
“It’s method higher for staff spirit, staff constructing, you already know? You’re continually working collectively. It’s method simpler working with somebody if you’re speaking to them when you’ve got an precise face to speak to in entrance of you, or proper subsequent to you if you’re sitting in your rig,” Bakkum mirrored.
The staff really stands by their motto: RECODE THE RACE, an announcement that Stamm says retains them centered on staying forward of the sport by being one step forward of the competitors, too.
And for anybody taking note of the small print, the 2 automobiles racing within the 24 Hour of Le Mans Digital are cleverly numbered 20 and 23, which simply so occurs to be the yr Porsche Motorsport re-joins the highest class within the real-world occasion.
Not solely is Porsche recoding the race, however by partnering with Coanda, the enduring motorsport model can also be recoding the historical past of their firm. The sky’s the restrict in esports and Porsche’s dedication to the net world of racing is a testomony to the way forward for sim racing.
“I believe we have now an excellent benefit, particularly in terms of the traditional line-up with Ayhancan [Güven] and Laurin [Heinrich]…you at all times must pinch your self as a result of these guys grew up within the sim racing world and made really a profession in the true racing world,” mentioned Stamm.
“However they might additionally make their profession in sim racing. So, that makes it very straightforward for us to work with them. It’s principally only one huge group and there’s no distinction between these guys which can be driving the automobile.”
Porsche Coanda Esports will likely be sporting its RECODE THE RACE livery within the Le Mans Digital Sequence this yr, which kicks off Friday 16th September with qualifying.
Saturday 17th September marks the primary race of the collection: eight Hours of Bahrain.