WEC chief hopes Virtual Le Mans attracts outside interest


Following the postponement of the 24 Hours of Le Mans until September due to the COVID-19 pandemic, an inaugural virtual edition of the endurance classic will take place on the original date of 13-14 June.

Motorsport Games, and features a star-studded grid mixing real-world drivers with professional sim racers.” data-reactid=”13″The Esports event is a joint venture between the Automobile Club de l’Ouest, the FIA World Endurance Championship and Motorsport Games, and features a star-studded grid mixing real-world drivers with professional sim racers.

Regular WEC entrants such as Toyota, Porsche, Aston Martin and Ferrari have all joined the grid along with many of their factory drivers, with reigning Le Mans champions Sebastien Buemi and Fernando Alonso both part of the 200-driver field.

The event has also attracted interest from a number of drivers outside sports car racing, including Formula 1 stars Max Verstappen, Charles Leclerc and Lando Norris, none of whom have previously raced at Le Mans.

“This is a story that you can only tell with a virtual race,” WEC CEO Neveu told Motorsport.com.

“To have all these champions coming from different world series in motorsport is usually very difficult to do, because normally they are supposed to have their respective races on this weekend.

“I’m not sure that in the normal period that it would be possible to do it at the same level of interest and same grid.

“When we started to discuss it, we immediately received a very enthusiastic return from the teams and the drivers. Any people that we started to discuss it with, they had exactly the same response, and so did the drivers.

“When you discuss it with the drivers, for example, Fernando Alonso. This guy is an amazing champion, he won everything, including Le Mans twice. I said: ‘OK, are you in?’ He said: ‘Of course I’m in!’

“When I saw the first tests they did two days ago, he was immediately on the right level. He is working a lot for it.

“This is now a target for all of them – how…



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