Virtual Race Replaces 24 Hours Of Le Mans

The 24 Hours of Le Mans race will not occur as originally scheduled due to the coronavirus pandemic. The race will now occur on the weekend of June 13th 2020.

The race puts professional drivers as well as esports stars in a 24-hour endurance race using the rFactor 2 PC game. They’re also planning to include multiclass racing, with both Le Mans Prototypes 2 (LMP2) and Grand Touring Endurance (GTE) cars taking the track. The field will have a maximum of 50 cars, and each team of four drivers has to have at least two professional race car drivers and a maximum of two sim racers.

Stamina and endurance is the main test, with each driver required to put in at least four hours. the virtual race will be broadcasted on TV around the world, with commentators and pit reporters chiming in live from a TV studio in Paris.

FIA WEC CEO Gérard Neveu said in a statement “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.” 

The race is set to air at 9am ET on June 13th 2020.

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