Le Mans Esport Series to celebrate history of LM24, $150k prize pool

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The Le Mans Esport Series 2020 will conclude with an epic week of races that celebrate the history of the great event, with Prio and Pro-Am teams fighting for a $150,000 prize pool.

Four nights of Esports action will preface this year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans with racing between Tuesday 15th and Friday 18th September.

Teams from around the world will be competing on the Forza Motorsport 7 game. Each night of racing will include two one-hour sprint races and a two-hour endurance race. After four hours of racing, the two lowest-scoring teams in both the Pro and Pro-AM categories will be eliminated from the event.

The final on September 18th will be fought out between three teams, competing for a share of the $150,000 USD prize pot.

CEO of the FIA World Endurance Series and Le Mans Esports Series, Gérard Neveu, said:

“Anyone who witnessed the 24 Hours of Le Mans Virtual in June will know that great e-racing can take place anywhere in the world and that the world’s best sim racers can produce exciting and captivating racing no matter where they are.

“Of course, we wish that we could all be together at Le Mans this June, but this is an extra-ordinary year and we will look forward instead to seeing everyone involved in the Le Mans Esports Series on-site for Season 3’s finale in June 2021.”

Seven professional teams have secured a spot in the Le Mans Esport Series finals after qualifications beagan in November 2019: (Red Bu ll Racing Esports, Lazarus Racing, Total Performance Racing, Fast Racers Forza, Solar Vision Racing, RYZE Motorsport and Williams Esports. They will be joined by Veloce Esports and Wolves of Dawnand Pro-Am teams that will be randomly drafted from players who have qualified through Forza Motorsport 7’s Rivals system.

The schedule for the Super Finals week is as follows, with each night focussing on a specific era:

Tue 15th Sept: Segment 1: Pre 1970s

Race Length Track Pro Car Pro-Am Car
1 1 hour Le Mans Bugatti 1956 Jaguar D-Type 1956 Lotus Eleven
2 1 hour Silverstone 1958 Aston Martin DBR1 1957 Ferrari Testa Rossa
3 2 hours Le Mans

(No Chicanes)

1963 Ferrari 250LM 1964 Porsche 904

Carrera GTS

Wed 16th Sept: Segment 2 – 70s & 80s

Race Length Track Pro Car Pro-Am Car
1 1 hour Monza 1971 Porsche #23 917/20 1971 Ferrari #2 Ferrari Automobili 312 P
2 1 hour Le Mans

(No Chicanes)

1978 Porsche #78 MOMO 935/78 1980 Lancia Corse Beta Montecarlo Turbo
3 2 hours Nurburgring 1988 Jaguar #60 Castrol Racing XJR-9 1989 Mercedes-Benz #63 Sauber-Mercedes C 9

Thurs 17th Sept: Segment 3 – 90s & 00s

Race Length Track Pro Car Pro-Am Car
1 1 hour COTA 1993 Peugeot Talbot Sport 905 Evo 1C 1994 Nissan #75 Cunningham 300ZX
2 1 hour Le Mans (Modern) 2008 Porsche #7 Penske Racing RS Spyder Evo 2006 Aston Martin #007 Aston Martin Racing DBR9
3 2 hours Sebring 2009 Peugeot #9 Peugeot Sport Total 908 2009 BMW #92 Rahal Letterman Racing M3 GT2

Fri 18th Sept: Segment 4 – 2010s

Race Length Track Pro Car Pro-Am Car
1 1 hour Le Mans (Modern) 2011 Audi #2 Audi Sport Team Joest R15++ TDI 2011 Chevrolet #4 Corvette Racing ZR1
2 1 hour Spa Francorchamps 2017 Porsche #2 Porsche Team 919 Hybrid 2015 Nissan #23 GT-R

LM Nismo

3 2 hours Le Mans (Modern) 2014 Ferrari #51 AF Corse 458 Italia GTE 2013 SRT #91 SRT Motorsport GTS-R

 

The Super Finals will be broadcast live on Motorsport.tv and also streamed on the Le Mans Esport Series  Twitch, Facebook and YouTube channels with more information available on www.lemansesports.com.

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