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What subsequent for 24 Hours of Le Mans Digital?

To refresh your reminiscence, the 2020 Le Mans Digital was held on the date of the originally-planned race date – which had been pushed again to September as a result of COVID-19 pandemic. A three way partnership between the Car Membership de l’Ouest, the FIA World Endurance Championship, Le Mans Esports Sequence and Motorsport Games, it introduced collectively 200 drivers from 37 completely different international locations, racing on 170 simulators worldwide in 50 entries racing round rFactor2’s digital Circuit de la Sarthe. 

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The race was gained total by Insurrection Williams Esport, with Porsche profitable the GTE class. The grid was star-studded and attracted present F1 stars Max Verstappen, Fernando Alonso, Charles Leclerc, Lando Norris and Pierre Gasly – joined by the likes of Juan Pablo Montoya, Jenson Button, Rubens Barrichello, Jean-Eric Vergne, Antonio Felix da Costa, Stoffel Vandoorne, Simon Pagenaud, Nelson Piquet Jr, Olivier Panis, Simona de Silvestro and Tony Kanaan. All of them raced with the world’s greatest esports avid gamers in groups of 4 drivers per automotive. 

Le Mans Virtual Studio

Le Mans Digital Studio

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A cumulative viewers of 14.2million folks watched the 25-hour broadcast occasion, which was proven in 57 completely different international locations – together with Eurosport, ESPN and Sky Sports activities. It garnered eight.6million views throughout Fb, YouTube and Twitch and achieved 131.5million social media impressions on the hashtag #LeMans24Digital. The occasion gained many awards, together with Greatest Reside Expertise on the Leaders Sports activities Awards and a Pioneering and Engineering trophy on the Autosport Awards

With all that below its belt, what’s subsequent? A major transfer has been former WEC CEO Gerard Neveu becoming a member of Motorsport Games as its Motorsports Advisor. On the time, he mentioned: “I’m excited to work with the crew to construct upon the corporate’s present main reside occasions and proceed to assist unfold the enjoyment of digital racing with followers around the globe. 

“Digital racing and esports have turn out to be main elements of the long run inside the world of motorsport and I’m honored to get to be part of the phenomenon. By connecting actual life motorsports with digital racing occasions, we will create a complete new neighborhood that goes past simply watching on TV, to truly taking part in world class racing occasions.” 

Le Mans Virtual Studio

Le Mans Digital Studio

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With this 12 months’s anniversary of that groundbreaking occasion having come and gone, the query stays the right way to take that momentum forwards? After all, first there’s the not-so-small matter of the real-life Le Mans 24 Hours – which takes place on August 21-22. Then what?

It seems that there’s some superb information for followers of gaming, esports and sportscars on the whole… 

“What can we let you know… Now we have so many thrilling plans within the pipeline,” says Neveu. “First, in an settlement between Motorsport Games, Le Mans and the Car Membership de l’Ouest, I can let you know that we are going to have a devoted online game focused to launch in 2023 – to coincide with the centenary of the Le Mans 24 Hours. 

“That is below growth, and we have now a devoted crew working very arduous on it. It’s going to mirror the atmosphere of sportscar racing and this magical occasion, I’m certain all sportscar followers will discover it very fascinating. 

Circuit atmosphere during the night race

Circuit environment in the course of the evening race

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“Till then, we will additionally develop the Le Mans Digital right into a sequence of races, a daily esports championship just like the WEC format. We are going to use the identical mannequin: combining the very best esports and professional race drivers, with occasions at 4 tracks – with LMP2 and GTE vehicles as earlier than. Alongside this, there shall be races open to the general public, so everybody can get pleasure from. 

“Lastly, I can let you know that the 24 Hours of Le Mans Digital, racing on the Circuit de la Sarthe, shall be run once more this coming winter. We are going to observe the identical route as earlier than, with very well-known drivers participating and an ideal broadcast for the followers to observe, and we plan to develop the standard of this occasion to a different stage.  

“We’ll have some extra thrilling information about this after the real-world Le Mans takes place in August.” 

So there you’ve it – the 24 Hours of Le Mans Digital will return within the winter, together with a recent esports sequence of races to get pleasure from. Not solely that, a brand-new Le Mans online game is scheduled for launch to have a good time its centenary – simply because the thrilling Hypercar class shall be actually hitting its stride in 2023.

Le Mans 24 Virtual trophies

Le Mans 24 Digital trophies

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