Realteam Hydrogen And BMW Redline Win 24 Hours Of Le Mans Virtual

In GTE, the BMW Group Redline entrance driven by Kevin Siggy, Rudy van Buren, Lorenzo Colombo as well as Enzo Bonito took the laurels.

Formula 2 driver Drugovich in the # 70 Realteam Hydrogen Redline led the 50-car as well as 200-driver field away at 2 pm CET on Saturday 15th January 2022.

During a fraught certifying session the day before, his team-mate Rietveld took lead, simply two countless a second ahead of the # 123 Group Redline access driven by Max Verstappen.

In GTE, it was Red Bull Competing Esports in the Corvette on lead after a scintillating lap by Scuderia AlphaTauri F1 esports incumbent Sebastian Work.

Ahead of the race starting, there were six-minute pitlane charges handed out to the GTE pole-sitting # 111, the # 56 Team Task 1 x BPM Porsche and the # 5 Williams Esports LMP for not fielding the requisite number of ‘pro’ classified chauffeurs.

Sadly for the # 31 W Collection BMW GTE access, it struggled with an equipment problem throughout the electric-hydrogen LMPH2G-led formation lap and retired before the start.

Drama throughout prototype field

While Drugovich finished the very first 2 corners of the race in the lead, heading the area was short-lived as Verstappen brushed up past through Tertre Rouge on the opening lap.

From there he looked for to develop a gap, but from 4th on the grid, the # 28 Veloce Esports access driven by British GT race victor James Baldwin had actually risen to second outdoors stages. He was hunting down the Formula 1 world champ.

That established the tone for the opening up six hours, with Verstappen vs Baldwin, Redline vs Veloce.

Better back in the pack, a huge incident endangered to finish the race prematurely for the championship-leading # 4 Floyd ByKolles-Burst automobile as Franco Colapinto in the # 31 Group WRT SIMTAG Esports speared across the lawn as well as right into the Tom Dillmann driven entry– but thankfully both were able to proceed.

Mercedes-AMG Petronas was expecting a successful return to Circuit de la Sarthe, yet sadly for them Dani Juncadella mistimed a downshift, over-revved the engine and also the team was out at the three-hour mark.

Anguish likewise fell upon Erhan Jajovski in the # 8 R8G Esports Oreca– a celebrity entertainer thus far this period for Romain Grosjean’s eponymous group. After reaching Marcell Csincsik in the # 22 Williams Esports auto down the Mulsanne Straight, Jajovksi wound up in reverse in the wall surface, losing the rear wing as well as obtaining a drivethrough fine.

As the race entered the night, the # 123 Redline entrance was now easily ahead adhering to a metronomic stint by VCO ProSIM collection champion Maximilian Benecke.

With over 7 hours finished and Verstappen back behind the wheel once again, he took a hostile line over the kerbs at the Ford chicane.

The outcome was a spin and also hefty contact with the obstacles, swindling two wheels. Retired life beckoned for the erstwhile race leaders.

This advertised the # 70 into a lead it never ever relinquished. Through the darkness, Formula E chauffeur Rowland took to the helm from Rietveld, with Smidl managing the race as dawn broke.

There were times when Veloce Esports ran them close, former BTCC-driver Mike Epps placing on a rousing screen versus Smidl as the race came close to the midway range, however inevitably the # 28 car progressively slipped back, delivering 2nd to the ruling champs– the # 1 Disobedience GPX Esports cars and truck.

A drivethrough penalty for contact with an additional car in the pitlane on Sunday morning additionally rushed Veloce’s hopes, before lacking gas with simply under 3 hrs on the clock to prematurely finish the team’s race.

The LMP course was loaded with cases, significantly Juan Pablo Montoya eliminating his back wing versus a wall, prior to child Sebastian clipped the nose of the # 77 GTE Porsche throughout the evening, rotating into the tire obstacle as well as retired life.

Additionally withdrawing during the evening was the # 444 Alpha Ind. ByKolles-Burst– break oversteer with Karting causing a heavy impact with the wall surface. Meanwhile, the # 44 ARC Bratislava and # 39 GRAFF by ProSimu entries fell by the wayside with mechanical ailments.

The death of WTCR race winner Attila Tassi in the # 5 Williams Esports LMP occurred at the Porsche curves during the evening, after rotating right into the gravel as well as making contact with the # 61 SEM9.Axle Porsche GTE of Alister Yoong, who was already off the roadway thanks to a different case just ahead.

A video game of chess in GTE

The GTE group was no much less intense. In the opening stage, 2021 British GT Champion Dennis Lind in the pole-sitting # 111 Corvette slowly slipped behind the leading number.

It was a Porsche Esports Group advantage for the opening up hour, the # 91 leading the sis entrance # 92. The # 71 BMW Team Redline M8 remained in third, ahead of the Ferrari Vehicle Driver Academy 488 in 4th.

It was this leading four that would eventually play a calculated game of pet cat as well as mouse for 24 hr.

The # 71 BMW was relatively able to expand its very early jobs by one lap over the Porsches, something it has been trying to do in each Collection race until now. It took until 7 hrs complete before the unrelenting BMW, after that in the hands of Siggy, took the lead from the IndyCar and also NASCAR Xfinity motorist Sage Karam.

The Porsches stayed close, nonetheless, as well as aimed to have the quickest rate, otherwise the excellent strategy. Ferrari was not out of opinion either, and also through the night would trade podium locations with both Porsches depending upon stint length.

All four were very closely matched, however BMW Team Redline was slowly, yet undoubtedly, edging away.

Then disaster struck the # 92 Porsche in the dead of night with simply over 14 hours of the race left. With Tommy Østgaard behind the wheel, Nico Varrone in the # 65 Panis Racing LMP brushed up around the nose of the Porsche at Karting and punted the GTE competitor right into the barrier.

With hefty damages sustained, just one manufacturer-backed Porsche now continued to be in the race.

They weren’t the only rivals in this class to encounter some hiccups, although it needs to be said that the GTE course showcased superlative driving criteria generally.

Beforehand, the # 56 Porsche driven by Britcar race victor Jimmy Broadbent was squeezed by FIA WEC motorist Ben Barker in the # 86 GR Wolves Racing 911 getting in the 2nd Mulsanne chicane.

Both automobiles after that clashed twice once again off the track. For their efforts, Barker got a drivethrough fine for making get in touch with at the edge entry, while Broadbent obtained one for contact off the track.

The # 86 would certainly retire with engine failure four hours later on, the GR Wolves team racing live from the football team’s Molineux Arena.

Sadly for R8G Esports, its # 15 LMP and also # 888 GTE entrances collided at the Porsche Curves, putting the last driven by French F4 driver Elliott Vayron greatly into the barriers, however luckily not right into retired life.

As the race headed in the direction of completion, and with simply over two hrs left, the # 77 Proton Competitors Porsche began trading locations with the Ferrari for 3rd.

Having drudged all race, Kevin van Dooren diced on course with Ferrari GT manufacturing facility racing vehicle driver Nicklas Nielsen. The pair went side-by-side through the 2nd Mulsanne chicane, then with Indianapolis and once more via Arnage.

A lap later on, while running alongside each other through Indianapolis once more, Nielsen moved right into the barrier and also was required to match for damage repair work. Proton was now clear in 3rd.

A display for competing esports

In the end, it was the Realteam Hydrogen Redline with chauffeurs Drugovich, Rowland, Rietveld and Smidl who crossed the line initially after 24 gruelling hrs, taking a second triumph of the collection and total championship laurels too.

The # 1 finished in 2nd, one and a fifty percent minutes behind a 2nd success, while the # 4 ended up 3rd as well as a lap behind, simply missing out of LMVS glory.

” This feels like redemption for in 2015, a remarkable performance by the team in such an extraordinary event,” stated Atze Kerkhof, supervisor of Group Redline.

” Now 2022 is beginning truly well like this. We had a fantastic method, excellent designers and teamwork. Today, I assume we were not the much better automobile [in GTE], but we pulled it off.”

In GTE, BMW Team Redline made it look easy from halfway onwards, with Siggy, Rudy van Buren, Lorenzo Colombo and Enzo Bonito sharing the spoils. In fact, the group recouped from a mid-race scare when van Buren’s sim equipment stopped working, leading to a real-world three-hour drive to Siggy’s location in order to get on his sim rig and also complete the requisite race gas mileage.

The last round of Le Mans Virtual Collection, with a $250,000 reward swimming pool on the line, both class victors took their respective total champion triumphes too.

” We are really delighted [with the event] When you put 116 simulators, standing for the 50 vehicles, dispatching throughout 28 countries for 24-hour and also connected to the same server without any technical failing during the lengthy race, it’s very rewarding,” claimed Gérard Neveu, 24 Hours of Le Mans Virtual Exec Manufacturer.

” We can make a visit currently for next year for the 3rd variation of the 24-hour of Le Mans Virtual.”

24-hour of Le Mans Virtual LMP results

# 70 Realteam Hydrogen Redline|Felipe Drugovich, Oliver Rowland, Jeffrey Rietveld, Michal Smidl– 407 laps
# 1 Disobedience GPX Esports|Louis Delétraz, Agustin Canapino, Kuba Brzezinski, Nikodem Wisniewski
# 4 Floyd ByKolles-Burst|Tom Dillmann, Bent Viscaal, Jesper Pedersen, Jernej Simončič
# 21 GRAFF by ProSimu|Arno Santamato, Jan Marschalkowski, Maxime Brient, Yohann Harth
# 49 YAS HEAT|Will Certainly Tregurtha, Sandy Mitchell, Marko Pejic, Balázs Remenyik
24-hour of Le Mans Virtual GTE results

# 71 BMW Group Redline|Rudy van Buren, Lorenzo Colombo, Enzo Bonito, Kevin Siggy– 367 laps
# 91 Porsche Esports Group|Mitchell deJong, Laurin Heinrich, Mack Bakkum, Martin Krönke
# 77 Proton Competitors|Loek Hartog, Matt Campbell, Kevin van Dooren, Jeremy Bouteloup
# 51 FDA Esports Group|Nicklas Nielsen, David Perel, Jordy Zwiers, Kasper Stoltze
# 89 BMW Group BS+COMPETITION|Bruno Spengler, Robby Foley, Alen Terzic, Joonas Raivio
Le Mans Virtual Series, LMP champion standings

# 70 Realteam Hydrogen Redline– 91 points
# 1 Rebellion GPX Esports– 90.5 factors
# 4 Floyd ByKolles-Burst– 88.5 factors
# 123 Team Redline– 58 factors
# 8 R8G ESPORTS– 54 points
Le Mans Virtual Series, GTE championship standings

# 71 BMW Team Redline– 127 factors
# 91 Porsche Esports Team– 101.5 points
# 88 Proton Competitors– 55.5 factors
# 77 Proton Competitors– 53 points
# 55 BMW Team GB– 49 points