Pierre’s planned stints (CEST):

  • Saturday 13 June: 19:05 – 20:50
  • Sunday 14 June: 00:55 – 2:40
  • Sunday 14 June: 09:05 – 10:50

The famous French endurance race should have taken place this coming weekend, 13 and 14 June, but has been postponed to September because of the Covid-19 pandemic. But a virtual version will take place, kicking off a new era in sim racing, as actual race drivers and pro sim drivers will compete together in the same event, sharing a car, as they tackle the Sarthe Circuit over a period of 24 hours. Pierre Gasly will be at the wheel of an 07 LMP2 entered by Veloce Esports 1 and he will be teamed up with Jean-Eric Vergne, who drove for us in Formula 1 in 2012, 2013 and 2014. The race will get underway at 15h00 CEST on Saturday 13 June with the chequered flag 24 hours later, at 15h00 CEST on Sunday.

 

24 Hour Le Mans Virtual with Pierre Gasly from Scuderia AlphaTauri


Pierre Gasly:

“I am really excited to be competing in this race. Le Mans is special for me as I lived there for 4 years when I was at the French Motorsport academy. I actually lived very close to the circuit, and the school was actually inside it. Still, I’ve never raced on the 24-hour track. Even if it’s a virtual version of the race, I am really interested in experiencing endurance racing. As in the real race, there will be a lot of strategies involved, a lot of competition, and even if it is different from F1, there will be plenty of interesting things to learn. I am going to do the race with the Veloce E-sport team, which is one of the most renowned E-sport teams in general. I’m also sharing the car with my friend Jean-Eric, who is experienced at Le Mans. Both he and Veloce have a lot of experience in their fields and I am sure I will enjoy the experience.”

The regulations for this Virtual Le Mans 24 Hours state that two actual racers must team up with two pro sim racers and so, alongside the pair of French guys will be Dutchmen Jarno Opmeer e Isaac Gillissen. To recreate the unique challenge of a 24 hour race, the rFactor2 simulation platform not only features realistic car damage and personalised set-ups, the software can realistically recreate night time and daytime and vary the weather.

Credit: Dean Treml/Red Bull Content Pool

Just as in the real Le Mans 24 Hours, reliability, consistency and strategy will be the key elements to get right to be competitive. It will be the most extreme test ever seen in the virtual racing world and can be seen live, on social channels and on TV around the world. We’ll be following the race through Pierre Gasly’s Twitch channel!


FAST FACTS:

Free Practice: Tuesday 9th and Friday 12th
Quali: Friday 9th (18h10-19h00 CEST)
Race: Saturday 13th/Sunday 14th (15h00-15h00 CEST)
Multiclass Racing: LMP and GTE
Dynamic Day/Night Transition
Damages affect the cars but they can be repaired at pitstops
Full Simulation includes fuel and tyres’ consumption
Teams work on their own setups
Minimum Race Time per Driver: 4 hours
Maximum Race Time per Driver: 7 hours