WATCH: Le Mans Virtual Series Round 4: Sebring 500
the The Le Mans Virtual Series now comes to the end of the commercial season, with the penultimate round of the Sebring International Raceway. Using rFactor 2, the Endurance Championship brought together some of the biggest and best names in sim racing and real motorsport to compete in five intense races.
So far this season we’ve enjoyed trips to historic racing venues such as Monza, Spa-Francorchamps and the venerable Nordschleife, and now it’s time for a slightly different challenge; 500 miles of grueling action on the bumpy course at Florida Airfield.
David Pittard, Jiri Toman and Marcell Csincsik’s # 22 Rebellion Williams GPX had the fastest lap of the 40-minute qualifying session, but his best time was dropped due to a track boundary violation. This means that the # 8 R8G Esports entry of Gordon Mutch, Isaac Price and Erhan Jajovski will lead Sebring’s 500 mile peloton ahead of the # 22, who still set a fairly good clean lap for second.
The championship leader # 123 Team Redline will start fourth. In GTE, the entry # 71 of Team BMW Team Redline of Rudy van Buren, Kevin Siggy and Enzo Bonito will start from pole position, just a tenth of a second ahead of the two entries of the Porsche Esports Team – the # 92 ahead of the # 91.
500 Miles de Sebring, CLASS LMP – TOP 5 QUALIFIERS
- 8 | R8G Esports | 1: 43.776
- 22 | GPX Williams Rebellion | +0.042
- 70 | Realteam Hydrogen Redline | +0.070
- 123 | Redline Team | +0.159
- 4 | Floyd ByKolles-Burst | +0.167
8 HOURS OF NÜRBURGRING, CLASS GTE – TOP 5 QUALIFIERS
- 71 | BMW Redline Team | BMW M8 | 1: 56.197
- 92 | Porsche Esports Team | Porsche 911 RSR | +0.105
- 91 | Porsche Esports Team | Porsche 911 RSR | +0.239 s
- 88 | Proton competition | Porsche 911 RSR | +0.516 s
- 51 | FDA Esports Team | Ferrari 488 GTE | +0.521 s
With 133 drivers spread across 38 GTE and LMP cars, we are sure to be ready for an action packed race, and the teams will be looking for a positive result to prepare for the big one; the virtual 24 Hours of Le Mans.
With simulation superstars like Bono Huis, Jernej Simončič and Isaac Price facing professional drivers like Felix Rosenqvist, Dani Juncadella and Bruno Spengler, we’re sure to see top quality racing action – no more so than when the cars LMP are starting to run. the GTE field!
“Trying to find a quick setup that accommodates bumps and curbs has been a challenge, but since it’s such tight traffic handling on the track, that will likely be the main issue for everyone,” said Alex Buncombe of Rocket Simsport, who will share the # 2 LMP car with Matt Richards and Jan Von der Heyde.
The live stream begins at 12:30 GMT / 1330 CET / 0730 EDT, and you can follow all the action on our YouTube, Facebook and Twitch channels.
If you want the chance to win a brand new Thrustmaster T248 simulator racing wheel, tune in to the Twitch stream! We’ll be asking questions through SportBuff throughout the broadcast, and the person with the most points wins. Just watch through Twitch and the questions will appear on the stream.
LE MANS VIRTUAL SERIES 2021/22 CALENDAR
Round 1 – 4 Hours of Monza, Italy – September 25, 2021 (Qualifying on September 24)
Round 2 – 6 Hours of Spa, Belgium – October 16, 2021 (Qualifying October 15)
Round 3 – 8 Hours of Nürburgring Nordschleife, Germany – November 13, 2021 (Qualifying November 12)
Round 4 – 6 Hours of Sebring, USA – December 18, 2021 (Qualifying December 17)
Round 5 – Virtual 24 Hours of Le Mans – January 15/16, 2022