It has now been announced online through various channels: I am allowed to participate in the first edition of the 24h of Le Mans Virtual this year. In collaboration with the Dempsey-Proton Competition, I will fight for the victory of the GTE class. This is of course a great and fun challenge to ride with this professional WEC (World Endurance Championship)!
Last weekend, the first test race was held in which all drivers were obliged to drive ten laps in both dark and light. Together with my teammates we got our car across the finish line first with a 25 second lead over the number two. This is a promising, but not too telling result that we can put in our pocket!
About the 24h of Le Mans virtual:
After delaying the real 24 Hours of Le Mans until the weekend of September 19 and 20, ACO, FIA, WEC and Motorsport Games will host the virtual 24 Hours of Le Mans on June 13 and 14, the original dates for the legendary race.
Following the traditional Le Mans spirit, the esports format of the virtual 24 Hours of Le Mans is put together in an innovative way. Composite teams of professional drivers and sim racers will challenge each other at the famous Circuit de la Sarthe in Le Mans. The ultimate endurance race is broadcast live on television worldwide. The start of the virtual 24 Hours of Le Mans will be given on Saturday 13 June at 3 p.m. our time.
The ACO and FIA WEC have outsourced the management and production of the virtual 24 Hours of Le Mans to Motorsport Games. This is the next step in a long-term partnership, Motorsport Games hosts and also broadcasts the Le Mans Esports Series. The final of that championship is also held during this event. Last year’s final attracted more than 200,000 viewers. Read that this was only an e-Sports event. Exclusive media attention and the great drivers participating in this event including Verstappen, Norris and Leclerc.
Motorsport Games has quickly become a leading partner for rights holders in auto and motorsport. The company provides esports for NASCAR, Formula E and the World Rallycross Championship as well as Le Mans. The distribution of these productions is also fully provided for online and television.
The principle for the virtual 24 Hours of Le Mans is simple:
– Composition of the team: A team consists of four drivers. Each line-up consists of a minimum of two professional drivers and a maximum of two sim racers.
– The platform: rFactor 2 is used, provided and supported by Studio 397.
– The grid: The field consists of 50 cars.
– The cars: LMP2 and GTE. The teams involved can design their own livery.
– Conditions during the race: Variable weather conditions with a dynamic difference between day and night. During the event, sportsmanship will be monitored by a race director.
– Rider changes: It is mandatory to change riders. During the event, each driver must drive at least four hours. The maximum driving time is seven hours per driver
– Authentic Le Mans production: Commentators and pit reporters will report on the race from a studio in Paris, during the race several VIPs will visit the studio. This unique race is also broadcast on a large number of audiovisual platforms around the world.
Which big names are we up against?
The field of participants is unseen strong with Formula 1 stars Max Verstappen, Charles Leclerc, Lando Norris, Pierre Gasly and Antonio Giovanazzi, as well as former world champions Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button.
They will compete against Indy 500 winners Juan Pablo Montoya and Simon Pagenaud, F2 drivers Jack Aitken and Louis Deletraz, a female line-up that includes Tatiana Calderon and Katherine Legge, as well as a car with W Series champion Jamie Chadwick. From the world of endurance, there are teams of constructors Aston Martin, Corvette, Ferrari, Porsche and Toyota including Sébastien Buemi, Brendon Hartley, José María López, André Lotterer, Neel Jani, Nick Tandy, Miguel Molina, Darren Turner and Jan Magnussen.