The Formula 1 driver is going to compete for his own team R8G Esports on Saturday in iRacing.
Romain Grosjean will compete at the 24H Le Mans in iRacing on Saturday, June 20. This was announced in a tweet by his esports organization R8G Esports. The F1 pilot will race alongside three esports racers from his team.
Just two weeks before he enters his Formula 1 cockpit again, Grosjean is going to take part in the most prestigious endurance race in the world. The 24 hours of Le Mans are a highlight in iRacing’s calendar every year. In 2019, more than 1,000 teams and 4,700 racers took part in the competition across many classes and races.
R8G eSports will compete a second 24 Hours of Le Mans race in one week. On iRacing, @RGrosjean will be driving a Ford GT in the GTE class, alongside @Alex_Wolters16, @rferreiraracer & @ThibCazaubon. Race will start Saturday at 3 pm. #esports #simracing #iRacing #LeMans pic.twitter.com/Bek0nYXjHk— r8gesport (@r8gesports) June 18, 2020
R8G Esports recently celebrated a huge success in a very similar event. On June 13, the 24 Hours of Le Mans Virtual was held in rFactor 2. Grosjean’s esports racing team placed third in the GTE class. The race was the official replacement event for the 24 Hours of Le Mans which had to be postponed to September due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
However, this event is not related to the iRacing competition.
Congrats @r8gesports on finiahing 3rd at the virtual @24hoursoflemans— Romain Grosjean (@RGrosjean) June 14, 2020
What an achievement for this first event . Congrats to the 4 drivers and
thanks to all our partners that made it possible pic.twitter.com/5ydtyGNnjq
None of the drivers who reached the podium for R8G in rFactor 2 are going to compete in iRacing again. Romain is going to race alongside his fellow team members and experienced esports racers Alexander Wolters, Ricardo Ferreira, and Thibault Cazaubon.
They will face off against many real and virtual racers from around the globe. For example, DTM champion Rene Rast, F1 Esports expert Marcel Kiefer and our OverTake Hardware Review host Dave Gaming will form a team.
On Saturday 14:00🇬🇧|15:00🇩🇪 time I will be racing the @iRacing 24hrs of Le Mans together with @DaveGaming73, @ReneRastRacing, @KelvinvdLinde, @iamstingraytv and @speedbooster27 on my #twitch channel https://t.co/HrymKv0Sut— Marcel Kiefer (@marcelkiefer_) June 18, 2020
24 Stunden mit solchen Kommentaren 😅👌🏻 pic.twitter.com/kO6Yxk8Cqt
iRacing expects the endurance race to be the biggest 24 Hours of Le Mans it has ever hosted and “maybe even the biggest special event in iRacing history.” The race starts at two separate time slots on Saturday, June 20. The first one starts at 3 AM CEST and the second one at 3 PM CEST. Grosjean and his team are going to compete in the second time slot.
Many racers are expected to broadcast their races on Twitch and YouTube. The official broadcast can be seen on iRacing’s YouTube channel.