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Team Redline Victorious At Le Mans Virtual Series Monza

Team Redline Victorious At Le Mans Virtual Series Monza

Team Redline take the victory at the Le Mans Virtual Series at Monza with Luke Bennett, Jeffrey Rietveld, and Maximilian Benecke.

Team Redline continue to rack up the victories in the sim racing genre as they claim the top step at the Le Mans Virtual Series at Monza.

The thrilling second race in the 2022-23 Le Mans Virtual Series, the 4 Hours of Monza, saw the #1 Team Redline and Luke Bennett, Jeffrey Rietveld, and Maximilian Benecke claim victory after an intense battle in tricky conditions on the breath taking Autodromo Nazionale di Monza Circuit in Italy. In second and third places were AMG Team Williams Esports and the #23 Porsche Coanda.

Alexander Smolyar, Timotej Andonovski, and Risto Kappet from R8G ESPORTS took a first victory for Ferrari in the GTE category after a neck-and-neck battle with Prodrive Fyra Esport over the 5.793km/3.599-mile long track. An exciting contest throughout on an incredible track, the event featured:

  • A dominant race between Team Redline and Porsche Coanda throughout, with the former strategizing perfectly to take advantage of the wet weather and come out on top
  • A right-to-the-wire battle between AMG Team Williams Esports and Porsche Coanda for second place in the LMP category, with AMG Team Williams Esports claiming the position
  • Mack Bakkum for Porsche Coanda secured the fastest lap at 1:34.284 in the LMP category
  • Alex Siebel for Oracle Red Bull Racing secured the fastest lap at 1:45.892 in the GTE category

You can also watch the official highlights video here.

Le Mans Virtual Series, 4 Hours of Monza – Post Race Report

 

  • 4 Hours of Monza, the second of five rounds of the Le Mans Virtual Series, kicked off Saturday 8th October with 120 drivers in 40 entries across the LMP and GTE classes competing for victory. Star drivers such as 2021 Le Mans Virtual Series champions Jeffrey Rietveld and Michal Smidl and former GTE category 4 Hours of Monza winners Mack Bakkum, Mitchell DeJong, and Martin Krönke all competed in one of the most prestigious sim racing events of the year.
  • Long straights and tight turns created additional challenges for racers over a slippery track caused first by drizzle and then heavier rain in the third hour. While it dried towards the end of the race, the rain provided even more excitement for this exhilarating 4-hour race.
  • The race saw an impressive 5,307 laps, 263 pit stops, 5,215 overtakes, and a whopping 30,825.77Km travelled across all racers
  • The 4 Hours of Monza saw the first ever LMVS Full Course Yellow in this Le Mans Virtual Series in order to allow R8G Esports No. 18 LMP to return to the pits after losing its rear wing. It was the first of two FCY periods during the race.
  • Team Redline took the LMP category victory with Jeffrey Rietveld at the helm across the finish line. Rietveld dominated the last few laps with an extensive lead over second and third place, allowing Team Redline to finish with a total race time of 4:01:20.582
  • Floyd Vanwall-Burst and the #20 Porsche Coanda provided even more excitement as they battled it out for fourth place with a neck-and-neck battle across the final few laps, with Nextview Vanwall-Burst ultimately securing fourth place.
  • Mack Bakkum for Porsche Coanda secured the fastest lap at 1:34.284 in the LMP category
  • In the GTE classification, it was a pulse-racing battle to the end between R8G ESPORTS and Prodrive Fyra Esport, ultimately R8G ESPORTS won the laurels with an impressive race time of 4:02:36.784, just one second ahead of its rival.
  • This was the first time a Ferrari won a race in the Le Mans Virtual Series, alongside a first podium for Aston Martin.
  • Alex Siebel for Oracle Red Bull Racing secured the fastest lap at 1:45.892 in the GTE category
  • Jeffrey Rietveld from Team Redline spoke after the race about the progress the team has made since 2021: “It’s very difficult with the rain and the traffic but you just need to stay calm, sometimes you lose a lot in traffic and you get a bit depressed, right, but maybe in the next hour or something you have a bit of luck with the traffic. You need to stay calm – it’s an endurance race. I think last year we made a lot of progress mentally within the race to stay calm whatever happens and today shows that well with the perfect execution.”
  • A thrilled Risto Kappet from R8G ESPORTS said: “It was intense!  It was so close and I’m so happy we made it as Lasse [Sorensen] in the Aston Martin was very, very fast. The next track may not be so good for us as we don’t like fast corners, so there might be some pain, but it’s a long championship and of course it will culminate with Le Mans.”

 

Two more races remain in this thrilling competition before the finale of the Le Mans Virtual Series season, the 24 Hours of Le Mans Virtual race on January 14/15, 2023, all of which will be held online on the rFactor2 platform.

  • Round 3                        6 Hours of Spa, Belgium                                      November 5, 2022
  • Round 4                        500 Miles of Sebring, USA                                   December 3, 2022
  • Round 5                        24 Hours of Le Mans Virtual                                 January 14/15, 2023

The calendar of events features some of the world’s most famous and recognizable racetracks – Monza, Spa, Bahrain, Sebring and Le Mans – which will challenge all the drivers, international FIA-licensed and sim racers alike, and thrill the millions of esports enthusiasts worldwide.

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