Le Mans Virtual Series to return in September with $250,000 prize pool
The Le Mans Virtual Series – a joint venture between Motorsport Games and the ACO – will return in September with a new name, revised format and a $250,000 prize pool!
Following the notable success of last year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans Virtual in June 2020, the newly re-named and expanded Le Mans Virtual Series will be a global, elite series made up of five rounds.
The vision for the expanded virtual series is to be as prestigious and recognisable as the real-world FIA World Endurance Championship. The esports series will continue to use rFactor 2 as its platform, which is more focused on the sim-racing audience and provides a more authentic experience. There will also be more focus on increased race and strategy analysis during broadcasts to boost fan interest and engagement.
Let’s change the game again.#LeMansVirtual returns as a five round premier endurance championship, including a 24-hour finale and a $250K prize fund.— Le Mans Virtual (@LeMansVirtual) September 1, 2021
Watch Round 1 LIVE at Monza on 25th Sept. Set a reminder now: https://t.co/sbGVIfek89 pic.twitter.com/srPH63AraI
The first four rounds, taking place between September and December, will be held strictly online, with the 24 Hours of Le Mans Virtual taking place as the climax of the premier endurance esports championship. The finale will be a live, televised event within the 2022 Autosport International motorsport show in Birmingham, UK from 15-16 January 2022, with 50% of the entire U.S.$250,000 prize fund available for the 24 Hours of Le Mans Virtual standalone race.
The calendar of events features some of the world’s most famous racetracks which will challenge all the drivers to their limits and is expected to thrill the millions of esports enthusiasts worldwide. The rounds will be:
- • 4 Hours of Monza, Italy - 25 September, 2021
- • 6 Hours of Spa, Belgium - 16 October, 2021
- • 8 Hours of Nürburgring, Germany - 13 November, 2021
- • 6 Hours of Sebring, USA - 18 December, 2021
- • 24 Hours of Le Mans Virtual - 15/16 January, 2022
Bringing together the elite of motor racing and sim racing to compete together, the field of 38 LMP and GTE full-season entries must have a line-up of up to five drivers, with a combination of FIA international- licensed and sim drivers. More details on the entry list will be revealed on September 7.
For more information, visit https://motorsportgames.com