rFactor 2: Le Mans 24 Hours by Ground Effect eSports

While the official Virtual Le Mans 24 Hours will have the attention of the world this weekend, those who applied and missed out may well find satisfaction in another rFactor 2 based 24 hours race at the legendary venue, albeit later in the month!

A Hungarian based league – Ground Effect eSport – are hosting the virtual version of the great race and this is what they have to say: “Although Covid-19 brought the cancellation of both the Indy 500 and the Le Mans 24 hrs, we would like to make up for it and organize the event online. This is what to do and expect:

Things you need to get:

  • rFactor2: https://store.steampowered.com/app/365960/rFactor_2/
  • La Sarthe Circuit: https://store.steampowered.com/itemstore/365960/detail/37/
  • Endurance Pack: https://store.steampowered.com/itemstore/365960/detail/1004/
  • DPi Modpack: If the server auto download won’t work, install manually: https://mega.nz/folder/O4JWQapQ#FhVU7wJ6ITYpeJaKG3RFWQ

Available cars:
Similarly to WEC, 3 categories are allowed to participate:

  • The top class of the competition will be the DPi (Daytona Prototype international). From
    2022 onwards, the fastest category of the real life championship is going to be the LMDh
    that shall be using the modified versions of the LMP2 chassis and be run by self-
    produced engines. The Dpi class was born on the same line of thoughts, and teams will be
    able to choose from 3 cars: Mazda, Cadillac & Acura. The BoP of the cars are made with Standard Aero Pack, so the use of Low Drag Aero Pack will be forbidden.
  • The middle category will be the already existing LMP2 (Le Mas Prototype 2). Though in
    real WEC there are 3 different car brands in this category, the Endurance mod limits us to
    only to use the Oreca 07 car.
  • Finally, participants may also choose the GTE (Grand Tour Endurance) category. We
    expect the highest number of competitors in this class (formerly known as GT2), and the
    cars to choose from will be: the BMW M8, the Porsche 911, and the Corvette C7.
    Though both the Aston Martin Vantage GTE and the Ferrari 488 GTE are available for
    rFactor2, due to the price of these DLCs we do not make it compulsory to buy them,
    therefore they cannot be chosen.

Teams are allowed to use customized liveries on their cars, provided that they finish these
liveries by 14.06.2020. and make them publicly accessible.

Construction of teams:
We are talking about a race that lasts 24 hours. We really would not like you to hinder your own
chances or take unnecessary risks, so you will need to follow the regulations below:
Each team must consist of minimum 3, maximum 5 participants. No 2-driver teams are allowed,
we encourage them to join someone, perhaps another pair of drivers. We cannot allow anyone to
race for 12 hours, even if they think they are capable of doing so. Consequently, minimum and
maximum durations of driving shall be the following:

Number of drivers Min. driving time per person Max. driving time per person
3 drivers 6 hours 10 hours
4 drivers 5 hours 8 hours
5 drivers 4 hours 7 hours

To protect participants and the server, a maximum of 45 cars may enter, and we would need atleast 30 cars to organize the event. It is also important for us to keep all categories as equally competitive as possible, so none of the classes may have more than 15 cars. If one of the categories ends up with very low numbers of racers, we may distribute those free spaces among the other two classes.

Carrying out the event:
Ground Effect and MaSzim aim at organizing the virtual Le Mans 24 Hrs in a format that is as
similar to the real life event as possible, also not making it too complicated. To avoid any
misunderstanding, please read the information below very carefully!

  • Qualifying (24-25.06.2020.) – online live stream – 20:00 CET
    Qualifying will be held on two days, sticking to the habits of the event. On the two
    consecutive days the teams will have 1.5-1.5 hours to set their laptimes in late
    afternoon/evening conditions. We will combine the results of the two days and register
    the best times from each team. The qualifying starts both days at 20:00. Is is not
    compulsory for all team members to be present, but from each team at least two drivers
    must participate and run a lap. Only drivers with license shall participate in qualifying.
  • Race (27-28.06.2020.) – online live stream – 15:00 CET
    At 3 o’clock, the grid lines up behind the Pace Car and shall start the race. From each
    team, the driver who set the fastest lap must start the race. Weather will be set dry for the
    race, you do not need to prepare for rainy conditions. Judges will follow the events on the
    server, so if needed, instant disqualification may also happen. The winner shall be the car
    that runs the most laps by the time the 24 hours expire, and crosses the finish line first.
    Differences at the start will not be taken into consideration.

Race conditions:
Tyre consumption: Normal
Fuel consumption: ON
Damage: Full
Weather: Dry
Time: Normal
Server: GE Test
Password to server: skyactiv

Application:
Please, send an email to sbalog@groundeffect.hu, with the following information:

  • Team name (e.g. Full Throttle Team)
  • Chosen car
  • Members of the team (real names)
  • Whether you would like to use customized livery

Good luck and see you on the grid!

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