Today, Motorsport Games has revealed the teams and manufacturers taking part in next weekend’s 24 Hours of Le Mans Virtual, the biggest endurance sim race in the world, taking place online on January 15th/16th. Mercedes-AMG Petronas Esports will be making its debut in the series, joining Alpine Esports, Red Bull Racing Esports, and in the quest for 1st place. Ferrari, Porsche, BMW, Aston Martin, and Corvette will all be represented as manufacturers in the GTE category.
The full driver list, to be released on Friday, January 7th, 2022 will include champions from F1, IndyCar, WEC, GT Racing in Europe and the USA, and many, many more well-known names. Stay tuned for the reveal!
The event brings together the world’s best professional drivers and sim racers, teamed together for 24 hours of virtual racing around the legendary French track and the whole event will be televised live across the world via a special TV program to be made live from Paris.
Real-world interest in the virtual world
The 50-strong team entry list reveals that Mercedes-AMG Petronas Esports will be making its debut in the Le Mans Virtual Series, competing against Alpine Esports and Red Bull Racing Esports – the official sim racing divisions of the F1 Grand Prix teams. Joining them will be an all-female team from the W Series, an official Prodrive Esports team, and a return to the spotlight for a famous French racing name, Pescarolo. They will line up alongside Le Mans Virtual Series full-season endurance esports entries from Team WRT, JOTA, Panis Racing, Duqueine, GR Racing, Proton Competition, Team Project 1, and D’Station Racing.
The crème de la crème of sim racers will be representing such well-known esports teams as Rebellion GPX Esports, Rocket Simsport, Floyd ByKolles Burst, R8G Esports, Team Redline, Veloce Esports, Team Fordzilla and SIMMSA Esports.
GTE’s diversity is as impressive as at the real 24 Hours of Le Mans
The entries for the 24 Hours of Le Mans Virtual are split into two categories of cars, LMP and GTE. While all LMP teams will use the ORECA 07 LMP2 model, the range and variety of GTE cars entered strongly reflects the diversity and popularity of the virtual race’s real-life heritage. Ferrari’s official FDA Esports Team will compete with a Ferrari 488 GTE, also used by SIMMSA Esports, while Porsche Esports Team leads the way for no fewer than 10 Porsche 911 RSR GTE entries.
Current GTE championship leader BMW Team Redline is one of five teams using the BMW M8 GTE – the W Series entry opting for this model for their entry to endurance racing. Two Aston Martin Vantage GTE cars, including one from Prodrive Esports, and two Corvette C8.Rs make up the extremely competitive and always entertaining GTE category