The Le Mans Virtual Series is back and what a great that unfolded at Monza in rFactor 2. With top teams and drivers, the racing as you would expect is going to be high caliber.
Round one of the virtual Le Mans Series in rFactor 2 kicked off on the weekend, with top teams and drivers driving in the event, a great race was sure to unfold.
The first round of the Le Mans Virtual Series, an action-packed and incident-filled 4 Hours of Monza race, has officially concluded with Realteam Hydrogen Redline and drivers Dani Juncadella, Jeffrey Rietveld and Michal Smidl taking first place overall.
In second and third places were team GPX Rebellion Esports and team Floyd Bykolles-Burst. Mitchell Dejong, Mack Bakkum and Martin Kronke from Porsche Esports Team took the LMGTE honours in a class that sees no fewer than five different manufacturers represented.
They finished 7 seconds ahead of BMW Redline in second, and the No.88 Proton Competition Porsche. A hotly contested race between over 100 of the best sim racing and motorsport drivers in 38 entries, the event featured:
- A close battle between Realteam Hydrogen Redline and GPX Rebellion Esports
- Porsche Esports Team taking home the LMGTE trophy
- Jeffrey Rietveld for Realteam Hydrogen Redline securing the fastest lap at 1.34.160
After the race, Dani Juncadella from Realteam Hydrogen Redline said “I think we had a really really smooth race. We had no incidents at all. Everything went pretty smoothly and that was the key,”
Le Mans Virtual Series, 4 Hours of Monza – Post Race Report
- 4 Hours of Monza, the first of five rounds of the Le Mans Virtual Series, kicked off Saturday 25th September with 114 drivers across the LMP2 and GTE classes taking to the start line. Star drivers such as Louis Deletraz (last year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans Virtual winner), Sergio Sette Camara (Formula E), and sim standouts Michi Hoyer and Joshua Rogers, lined up for one of the most hotly contested sim racing events of the year.
- The race played host to sunny weather with some clouds turning into a fully clear sky by the end of the race with 50% humidity and no rain in sight.
- Strategy played a key part in the 4-hour race as teams had to deal with tyre degradation, a change in track temperature, and a decision on how long each driver competed for within the race.
- Realteam Hydrogen Redline was the first to cross the finish line in the LMP class with GPX Rebellion Esports seven seconds behind and Floyd ByKolles-Burst following very closely just nine seconds behind.
- The fastest lap in the LMP class was Jeffery Rietveld for Realteam Hydrogen Redline who secured a 1.34.160 time on the 44th lap. Over in GTE, Joshua Rogers for Porsche Esports Team was the fastest with a 1:45.329 lap time which he drove on his second lap of the race.
- Dani Juncadella from Realteam Hydrogen Redline said “I think we had a really really smooth race. We had no incidents at all. Everything went pretty smoothly and that was the key. I think Jeffrey did an amazing starting stint then my teammate Michal took over the tires from Jeffery which is never easy when you are sitting directly in the car with someone else’s tires. Then towards the end, I just had to drive it home. It was a lovely race.”
- Mack Bakkum from Porsche Esports Team commented “Mitchell and Martin did such a great job before I even got in the car that in the end, it was just about bringing it home. We did get a little surprise from Redline in the end when they skipped tires [at the last pit stop] but we knew even if they came out slightly ahead it would have been the worst-case scenario. These last two stints were very comfortable, which is nice and I didn’t have to worry about too much. Thanks, Mitchell and Martin for their hard work in the harder stints.”
The first four races in the Le Mans Virtual Series will be held online between September and December, with the 24 Hours of Le Mans Virtual taking place as the climax to the premiere endurance esports championship.
The finale will be a live, televised event within the 2022 Autosport International motorsport show in Birmingham, UK on 15/16 January with 50% of the entire US$250,000 prize fund available for the 24 Hours of Le Mans Virtual standalone race.
- Round 1 – 4 Hours of Monza, Italy – 25th September 2021
- Round 2 – 6 Hours of Spa, Belgium – 16th October 2021
- Round 3 – 8 Hours of Nürburgring, Germany – 13th November 2021
- Round 4 – 6 Hours of Sebring, USA – 18th December 2021
- Round 5 – 24 Hours of Le Mans Virtual – 15th/16th January 2022
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About rFACTOR 2
rFactor 2 is a realistic, easily extendable racing simulation from Studio 397. It offers the latest in vehicle and race customization, great graphics, outstanding multiplayer and the height of racing realism. rFactor 2 features mixed class road racing with ultra realistic dynamics, an immersive sound environment and stunning graphics, perfect for top-level esports and a rich single-player experience.
Race against a field of AI cars, or in multi-player mode against others. rFactor 2 supports a full day-night cycle as well as dynamically varying weather conditions such as rain which dynamically builds into puddles. Tracks feature “real-road” technology that changes the grip as more cars drive on it. You can run full 24 hour endurance events and in multi-player mode, driver swaps are also supported. Everything can be customized by the community, including adding new tracks and cars, and a wealth of add-ons are available on-line.Working with several partners, rFactor 2 has been used in hundreds of esport championships all over the world – in particular McLaren’s World’s Fastest Gamer and Formula E.
rFactor 2 is also an evolving product, which will be updated and added to for many years, so the list of features will expand!