Silverstone, September 23, 2021. The entry list for the inaugural run of the recently launched Le Mans Virtual Series, 4 Hours of Monza, has been published (HERE) and the high level of both real and sim drivers that will be competing is a a good indication of how competitive the series will be from start to finish.
Louis Deletraz (last year’s winner of the 24 Hours of Le Mans Virtual and current ELMS LMP2 points leader with teammate Yifei Ye), Sergio Sette Camara (Formula E), Beitske Visser (W Series and WEC), Will Stevens (WEC and ELMS), Bruno Spengler (former DTM champion and IMSA participant), Jan von der Heyde, Michi Hoyer and Nuno Pinto (several championships in sim racing) are just some of the well-known names from the real and virtual racing world who will be competing at the start Sim rigs around the world. Ayhancan GÃ¼ven from the Porsche Esports Team, who will be competing in the Porsche Carrera Cup in Monza this weekend and will therefore take part in the LMVS event on site with his Sim Racing teammates, might bring a âhome advantageâ.
The race will take place next weekend on the rFactor2 platform in the virtual Autodromo Nazionale Monza and coverage will start on Saturday, September 25th at 12:30 pm. The real Autodromo Nazionale Monza, built in 1922, is the true Italian temple of speed and is unmatched worldwide for its history and the passion it inspires in motorsport fans. Don’t expect anything but everyone involved in this new endurance esports series!
A total of 38 cars will compete against each other in two different classes – 21 in LMP2, with all participants using an ORECA 07 LMP2 model, and 17 in LMGTE, whereby the teams can choose between Ferrari 488 GTE, BMW M8 GTE and Porsche 911 RSR GTE, Corvette C8.R and Aston Martin Vantage GTE. Driving through the traffic on well-known demanding sections of the route such as the variant del Rettifilo (the chicane at the end of the pit lane straight), the variant della Roggia and the Curva Parabolica will increase the anticipated tension and drama in the race.
Free training sessions take place on Thursday and Friday, and a one-hour test race on Thursday evening to check servers, systems and communications for both the sports and broadcast teams. Qualifying will take place on Friday, September 24th at 6:00 p.m. British Summer Time (BST) (7:00 p.m. CEST, 1:00 p.m. Eastern Time) and will be broadcast live.
The entire race can be followed from 12:30 p.m. (BST) on the YouTube channels of the FIA ââWEC and TraxionGG, on twitch.tv/traxiongg and on the social media channels. Further details will be announced in the coming days.
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About the Le Mans virtual series
The Le Mans Virtual Series is an elite global esports series consisting of five laps that brings together the top teams of endurance racing and sim racing to compete on some of the world’s most famous racetracks. International FIA-licensed real-world drivers are teamed up with leading eSports protagonists to contest endurance classics for a total of $ 250,000 in prize money International at the Birmingham NEC (UK). Le Mans Virtual Series is a joint venture between leading racing game developers, publishers and eSports ecosystem providers of official motorsport racing series around the world, Motorsport Games, and the Automobile Club de l’Ouest (ACO) – the creator and organizer of the world – famous 24 Hours of Le Mans and promoter of the FIA ââWorld Endurance Championship (FIA WEC). www.lemansvirtual.com
Round 1 4 hours from Monza, Italy September 25, 2021 Online only
Round 2 6 hours Spa, Belgium October 16, 2021 Online only
Round 3 8 hours NÃ¼rburgring, Germany November 13, 2021 Online only
Round 4 6 hours from Sebring, USA December 18, 2021 Online only
Virtual lap 5 24 Hours of Le Mans 15./16. January 2022 ASI, Birmingham, UK
About motorsport games
Motorsport Games, a Motorsport Network company, combines innovative and engaging video games with exciting esports competitions and content for racing fans and gamers around the world. The company is the officially licensed developer and publisher of video games for legendary motorsport racing series such as NASCAR, INDYCAR, Le Mans 24 Hours and the British Touring Car Championship (âBTCCâ). Motorsport Games is, among other things, an award-winning eSports partner of choice for the 24 Hours of Le Mans, Formula E, BTCC, the FIA ââWorld Rallycross Championship and the eNASCAR Heat Pro League.