24H of Le Mans goes virtual
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24H of Le Mans goes virtual

ACO, FIA WEC and Motorsport Games have announced a virtual replacement for the postponed 24h of Le Mans.

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Due to the ongoing coronavirus crisis, the 24h of Le Mans have been postponed to September 2020. Now, ACO, FIA WEC and Motorsport announced the “24 Hours of Le Mans Virtual” will take place on the original scheduled date on June 13 and 14, starting at 3 PM CEST.

The organizers already revealed many details about the event: It will take place in rFactor 2. The grid will consist of up to 50 drivers who will race together in teams.

Four drivers make up a team with at least 2 real-life drivers and a maximum of two esports racers. Driver changes are compulsory while each driver will have to drive at least four hours. The driving time is restricted at seven hours per pilot.

Le Mans Virtual
Source: ACO / FIA WEC / Motorsport Games

The participants will race with LMP2 and GTE cars. Weather conditions are going to be variable and of course there will be day and night racing.

“A unique race”

While it’s not the first virtual 24h Le Mans race in history, this event is set to be the biggest we have seen at the virtual legendary circuit so far.

This 24 Hours of Le Mans Virtual event is unique in very many ways, not least that it is not part of LMES, but a stand-alone event. As in real life, it will bring together the crème de la crème of automotive manufacturers, racing teams and drivers plus the world’s best sim racers competing alongside these global names. Truly something for everyone!” – Gérard Neveu, CEO FIA WEC

world’s best sim racers competing alongside
Source: ACO / FIA WEC / Motorsport Games

The organizers already announced the original Le Mans race commentators and pit reporters are going to be part of the show. They will be visited by VIP guests. The event is going to be broadcasted live on TV worldwide.

We’re excited to see who is going to be part of the starting grid. Which driver do you want to see compete at Le Mans? Let us know and tweet us @NitroNights!

You can find more information here.

Teaser source: rFactor2 / Studio 397

Maik Jahn
born and raised close to the Nürburgring.