The 24 Hours of Le Mans Digital was a breakout success in 2020, filling the hole vacated by the 24 Hours of Le Mans resulting from lockdown restrictions, reaching over 14.2 million viewers. Now, it’s returning in an expanded type because the Le Mans Digital Collection.
Beginning on 25th September 2021, the esports championship might be run by Motorsport Games in collaboration with the Vehicle Membership de l’Ouest (ACO) – organisers of the 24 Hours of Le Mans and promoter of the FIA World Endurance Championship (FIA WEC).
A five-round occasion run will cowl Monza, Spa-Francorchamps, Nürburgring, Sebring and Circuit de la Sarthe. The primary spherical is a four-hour race, adopted by two six-hour and one eight-hour races, culminating within the full 24-hour race on 15th/16th January 2022.
All races might be broadcast stay on-line, and the 24 Hours of Le Mans Digital going down in particular person through the 2022 Autosport International present in Birmingham, U.Ok.
“Following the true 24 Hours of Le Mans in August 2021, we’re delighted to now launch the Le Mans Digital Collection which can embrace as its spotlight the 24 Hours of Le Mans Digital. The hyperlink between real-life motorsport and esports is now an important component for our producers and groups, and all of us look ahead to a wonderful season of esports competitors” mentioned Pierre Fillon, President of the ACO.
Members might be racing for a share of an enormous $250,000 prize pool, 50 per cent of which might be distributed for the 24-hour race outcomes. Held utilizing the rFactor 2 platform, 38 LMP and GTE full-season entries will function, every automobile together with 5 drivers combining FIA international-licensed drivers sim drivers.
“This yr, the occasion will additional profit the groups, companions and, after all, huge gaming and spectator audiences worldwide. We’re extraordinarily happy to have secured the assist of such a powerful portfolio of companions and we will’t wait to get began this season with the reveal subsequent week of some top-class names on the entry listing,” defined Motorsport Advisor to Motorsport Games, Gérard Neveu.
The companions of the collection are Thrustmaster, Rolex, Complete Energies, Goodyear, LEGO Technic and Algorand.
The complete entry listing might be revealed seventh September 2021 and each race might be stay on Traxion.GG’s YouTube, Fb and Twitch channels.
Le Mans Digital Collection 2021/22 calendar
Spherical 1 – four Hours of Monza, Italy – 25th September 2021
Spherical 2 – 6 Hours of Spa, Belgium – 16th October 2021
Spherical three – eight Hours of Nürburgring, Germany – 13th November 2021
Spherical four – 6 Hours of Sebring, USA – 18th December 2021
Spherical 5 – 24 Hours of Le Mans Digital – 15th/16th January 2022