A ‘virtual’ edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans will be held in June over the weekend originally set to host the real-life version of the race.
The ACO and FIA WEC have organised a 50-car full 24-hour race (on r-Factor 2) which will run on the 13th-14th. The race will feature both LMP and GTE machinery driven by a mixture of pro drivers and esports racers which will be broadcast live on TV around the world on multiple platforms.
“This first edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans Virtual opens a new chapter for our discipline,” said Pierre Fillon, President of the Automobile Club de l’Ouest.
“Current circumstances meant that the 88th edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans will take place on 19/20th September 2020. However, on 13/14th June, the initial date of our event, there will be a unique event augmenting endurance racing and its values: the 24 Hours of Le Mans Virtual, with professional drivers and specialists esports gamers racing together.
“For us, the organisers, for our competitors, our partner and our fans, we are now impatiently waiting for the start of this unique race on 13th June at 3:00 pm.”
Gérard Neveu, CEO FIA WEC added: “Since the Le Mans Esports Series was launched two years ago, it’s been very satisfying to see it double in size and visibility year on year. That highlighted to us the huge appetite among the esports community for endurance racing and access to the jewel in the crown of the discipline, the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
“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!”
The entry list will be revealed at a later date.