Williams is successful at both Le Mans and Virtual GP.
Photo credit: Williams Esports, Twitter/Marc Alvardo
The 24 Hours of Le Mans Virtual has been the most anticipated event in esports racing this year. Although the bugs and technical issues rendered running a flawless show impossible, the event was overall entertaining and exciting to watch.
When the checkered flag was waved at Sunday afternoon, two of Rebellion Williams Esports’ line-ups ended up on the podium. Nikodem Wisniewski had the honor to claim the victory in the LMP class for his line-up which included Louis Deletraz, Raffaele Marciello and Kuba Brzezinski. ByKolles Burst Esport surrounding sim racing ace Jernej Simončič placed 3rd. All three podium finishers amassed 371 laps after 24 hours – which speaks volumes about how close the endurance race was in the end.
Top five LMP Class:
1. #1 – Rebellion Williams Esports – L. Deletraz, R. Marciello, N. Wisnjewski, K. Brzezinski
2. #4 – ByKolles Burst Esport – T. Dillmann, E. Guerrieri, J. Simoncic *, J. Pedersen *
3. #13 – Rebellion Williams Esports – A. Canapino, J. Aitken, A. Arana *, M. Romanidis *
4. #33 – 2 Seas Motorsport – I. Al-Khalifa, O. Rowland, R. MacDuff *, D. Braune *
5. #24 – Veloce Esports 1 – J.-E. Vergne, P. Gasly, J. Opmeer *, I. Gillissen *
*professional sim racer
Porsche wins GTE class
One of the four Porsche Esports Team, which competed in car #93, emerged victorious in the GTE class. The line-up featured Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup runner-up Ayhancan Güven, iRacing superstar Joshua K Rogers, fellow sim racer Tommy Østgaard and 2015 Le Mans champion Nick Tandy.
Place 2 went to Aston Martin Racing’s featuring real Le Mans competitor Richard Westbrook and endurance racer Nicki Thiim. R8G Esports featuring Dani Juncadella and Erhan Jajovski placed third.
Top five GTE Class:
1. #93 – Porsche Esports Team – N. Tandy, A. Güven, J. Rogers *, T. Østgaard *
2. #95 – Aston Martin Racing – N. Thiim, R. Westbrook, L. Sörensen, M. Biancolilla *
3. #80 – R8G eSports Team – D. Juncadella, M. Beche, E. Jajovski *, R. Kappet *
4. #64 – Corvette Racing – T. Milner, J. Magnussen, D. Lind, A. Terzic *
5. #88 – Dempsey-Proton Racing – R. Pera, L. Hartog, M. Francesconi *, K. van Dooren *
*professional sim racer
🏆 @RebellionRacing @WilliamsEsports wins the first ever VIRTUAL 24 Hours of Le Mans!— 24 Hours of Le Mans (@24hoursoflemans) June 14, 2020
Congratulations to the drivers @LouisDeletraz | @Team_Rmarciello | @KubaBrzezinski | R. Wiesnewski@oreca #01 @FIAWEC @MSportgames pic.twitter.com/P45Ix0YIZK
Russell stays on top in Virtual GP series
Over the past weeks George Russell further established his dominance over the Virtual Grand Prix series in Formula 1. At the Canadian edition in Montreal, the 22-year-old reigned supreme claiming his fourth victory of the substitute F1 series. As Charles Leclerc was busy at Le Mans, Russell is now already the champion of the unofficial event.
The Brit displayed an almost flawless performance, leading the race for its entire duration right from his pole position start. The second and third place finishers Alex Albon (Red Bull) and Esteban Gutierrez (Mercedes) both received quite a few penalties. In the end, Russell was more than 15 seconds ahead of Albon.
🏆🏆🏆🏆— Formula 1 (@F1) June 14, 2020
The #VirtualGP series wrapped up with another dominant display from @WilliamsRacing‘s @GeorgeRussell63 🙌#RaceAtHomehttps://t.co/Fhx9jmsQ3e
WTCR starts into esports Pre-Season
The FIA World Touring Car Cup has started a new esports series in RaceRoom. On Sunday, June 14, we witnessed the first event at Salzburgring, Austria. Each Esteban Guerrieri and Attila Tassi won one of two races, celebrating a successful start into the season. For Guerrieri, this was his second impressive result on that weekend: Shortly before competing at WTCR he became second at Le Mans. The next WTCR race is going to take place at Hungaroring, Hungary, on June 21.
#RaceAtHome 🏁— FIA WTCR (@FIA_WTCR) June 14, 2020
Esteban Guerrieri and Attila Tassi began their Pre-season Esports #WTCR Championship bids by taking a win each at a virtual Salzburgring this afternoon with all the thrilling action shown on Eurosport and other broadcasters around the world. https://t.co/LrhYtwLfdU pic.twitter.com/VzW3A0iliF