The first six hours of the first-ever 24 Hours of Le Mans Virtual has been action-packed with several different leaders across the star-studded LMP and GTE categories.
Below are the headlines at the race’s quarter-way mark.
• No. 33 2 Seas Motorsport entry (Al Khalifa/Rowland/MacDuff/Braune) leads the 30-strong LMP field with MacDuff at the virtual wheel going into the race’s seventh hour
• Just one second behind the leader is the No. 20 Team Redline entry with Formula 1 drivers Max Verstappen and Lando Norris sharing driving duties with sim racers Greger Huttu and Atze Kerkhof
• Third in the LMP category are pole-sitters ByKolles – Burst Esport, the team doing a terrific job of making their way back up the leaderboard following their penalty for a jumpstart at the start of today’s race
• The No. 16 Veloce Esports 2 entry is currently fourth with Stoffel Vandoorne undertaking his second stint at the wheel
• Rounding out the top five is the No. 10 Toyota Gazoo Racing Argentina entry
• The race was red flagged in the race’s fifth hour, with racing resuming approximately 30 minutes later
• Following the red flag, teams could restart with new cars – effectively cancelling out damage and closing gaps. This also meant that the No. 14 FA/RB Allinsports entry was able to restart with Fernando Alonso’s team resuming the race at the back of the field after their stop earlier in the race
• Four manufacturers – Porsche, Corvette, Aston Martin and Ferrari – currently make up the top five in the highly-competitive GTE field
• The pole-sitting No. 93 Porsche Esports Team leads the class, the Porsche 911 RSR entry just 2.281s ahead of the R8G Esports Team (Corvette C7.R) in second position
• Third is the No. 92 Porsche 911 RSR with Jeremy Bouteloup presently at the wheel
• Aston Martin Racing’s No. 95 car and the No. 52 Ferrari AF Corse entry are fourth and fifth respectively