Much like a father waiting for his children to join him for dinner, Philip Stamm patiently sat down in a gray chair with wooden armrests for two Porsche Coanda Esports Racing Team drivers to accompany him for our interview.
This isn’t the first time I’ve had the chance to interview the Team Principal.
In February, Coanda Simsport won the 2021 Autosport Esports Team of the Year award. Stamm and driver Mitchell deJong caught up with me on Zoom to discuss this incredible achievement. Looking back, that moment was just a stepping stone to something even bigger on the horizon for the German esports company.
Philip Stamm, Porsche Coanda Esports Racing Team
At the time, Porsche chose Coanda Esports to represent its brand in the 2021-22 Le Mans Virtual Series, which Stamm called a “huge honour”. Not even a year later, the team has recoded the race to become Porsche Coanda Esports and will debut its new look with two LMP2 cars at this year’s LMVS.
A feat that Stamm does not take lightly.
“I think it’s a very good achievement for the whole world of sim racing to have someone move from the real world of racing, like Porsche, to the world of simulation. It also shows the state professional that we have reached now in simulation racing and in general.
“The partnership with Porsche is for us, I mean, something that we have been dreaming of for a long time. We have worked hard since we founded Coanda. And yes, sometimes hard work pays off.
Tommy Østgaard, Porsche Coanda Esports Racing Team
That hard work includes incorporating a roster of some of the best racing esports drivers in the world, including Tommy Østgaard and Mack Bakkum, whose smiles beamed with pride when their team principal talked about Porsche.
“It’s quite special. I have always been a Porsche fan and this is the third year now that we can represent Porsche in the Virtual Le Mans Series, but now in 2022 as an official factory team,” said Østgaard, winner of the 24 Virtual Le Mans Hours 2020. . “They have a great history in motorsport and in winning. So it’s a great responsibility.
Bakkum, the 2022 LMV 24 Hours runner-up, nodded in agreement.
Mack Bakkum, Porsche Coanda Esports Racing Team
“It’s such a global brand and extremely recognizable to everyone. When you see Porsche, everyone knows what you’re talking about. So to be able to represent something like that, I think it’s really cool.
“It really transfers to different parts of… your social life, where people can see, ‘Okay, Porsche is involved in this’ – it’s a bit more serious.”
The two pilots essentially live together near the brand new Coanda Esports hub in Germany, alongside a few of their teammates as well. At a time when most drivers log on from their own simulation platform at home, anywhere in the world, the Porsche Coanda team has created their own version of home together.
“It’s much better for team spirit, team building, you know? You constantly work together. It’s much easier to work with someone when you talk to them when you have a real face to talk to in front of you, or right next to you when you’re sitting in your rig,” Bakkum said.
The team really sticks to its motto: RECODE THE RACEa statement that Stamm says keeps them focused on staying ahead of the game by also being one step ahead of the competition.
And for those paying attention to detail, the two cars racing in the Virtual 24 Hours of Le Mans are cleverly numbered 20 and 23, which just happens to be the year Porsche Motorsport joins the upper class in the real-world event. . .
Not only is Porsche recoding racing, but by partnering with Coanda, the iconic motorsport brand is also recode history of their business. The sky is the limit in esports and Porsche’s commitment to the world of e-racing is a testament to the future of sim racing.
“I think we have a very good advantage, especially when it comes to normal training with Ayhancan. [Güven] and Lauren [Heinrich]… you still have to pinch yourself because these guys grew up in the sim racing world and made careers in the real world of racing,” Stamm said.
“But they would also make their career in sim racing. So it makes it very easy for us to work with them. It’s basically just a big group and there’s no difference between the guys driving the car.
Porsche Coanda Esports will sport its RECODE THE RACE livery this year during the Le Mans Virtual Series, which will begin on Friday September 16 with qualifying.
Saturday September 17 marks the first race of the series: the 8 Hours of Bahrain.