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rFactor boss explains Verstappen and Alonso Le Mans issues

Last weekend’s Virtual Le Mans 24 Hours proved a milestone in sim racing that was eerily similar to the real-world race, including a few technical issues. Studio 397, the developer behind rFactor 2, explains the issues that set back Max Verstappen and Fernando Alonso.

24 Hours of Le Mans Virtual: The biggest sim race ever?

OPINION: The eagerly-awaited 24 Hours of Le Mans Virtual was not without its problems and controversies, but firmly achieved its primary objective of entertaining action-starved fans and increasing anticipation for the real thing in September.

Rebellion-Williams was left with 0.5 litre of fuel at finish

Haas F1 reserve driver Louis Deletraz credited his teammate Nikodem Wisniewski‘s ‘extreme’ fuel-saving as crucial to Rebellion Williams Esports’ victory in the 24 Hours of Le Mans Virtual.

How an unlikely tie-up won sim racing's biggest prize

An unlikely partnership between World Endurance Championship LMP1 privateers Rebellion Racing and Williams Formula 1's highly-successful sim racing team yielded victory in the inaugural 24 Hours of Le Mans Virtual. Here's how it triumphed in the biggest sim race ever staged

George Russell wins final F1 Virtual GP in Montreal

Williams Formula 1 driver George Russell dominated the final Virtual Grand Prix at Montreal to take his fourth successive victory in the series.

Virtual Le Mans 24h: Rebellion-Williams beats ByKolles to win
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Virtual Le Mans 24h: Rebellion-Williams beats ByKolles to win

The #1 Rebellion Williams Esports entry survived a late challenge from the sole ByKolles car to win the inaugural 24 Hours of the Le Mans Virtual.

Norris/Verstappen entry rejoins Le Mans Virtual

The 24 Hours of Le Mans Virtual has restarted after a second red flag due to technical issues with the race servers halfway through the 19th hour.

Le Mans Virtual, Hour 16: Rebellion Williams remains in charge

Rebellion Williams Racing continued to preserve its 1-2 lead in the 24 Hours of Le Mans Virtual’s 16th hour, with Raffaele Marciello remaining on top of the order. 

Le Mans Virtual: Rebellion-Williams run 1-2 at halfway

Rebellion Williams Esports held a one-two at the halfway stage of the 24 Hours of Le Mans Virtual, as Team Redline’s entry became the first retirement of the race.

Verstappen out of Le Mans Virtual race, Leclerc also hits trouble
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Verstappen out of Le Mans Virtual race, Leclerc also hits trouble

Team Redline’s Max Verstappen crashed out of the lead of the 24 Hours of Le Mans Virtual as a result of suspected technical issues just under 10 hours into the race.

Virtual Le Mans 24h: Veloce battles Verstappen after Hour 8

Veloce Esports led the 24 Hours of Le Mans Virtual ahead of Max Verstappen’s Team Redline entry after eight hours of the virtual endurance race.

Leclerc "definitely" wants to race in real-world Le Mans
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Leclerc "definitely" wants to race in real-world Le Mans

Ferrari Formula 1 driver Charles Leclerc says he is keen to try the “mythical” real-world Le Mans 24 Hours after his early experience racing in this weekend’s virtual equivalent.

Virtual Le Mans resumes after red flag stoppage

The Le Mans 24 Hours Virtual sim race has resumed following a red flag caused by a technical issue, with early retirees Fernando Alonso and Rubens Barrichello allowed to resume.

Alonso explains reason behind Virtual Le Mans retirement

The Le Mans Virtual entry of former Formula 1 stars Fernando Alonso and Rubens Barrichello has retired after what Alonso called “a combination between human error and a game glitch”.

Alonso/Barrichello suffer early setbacks in Virtual Le Mans

The Fernando Alonso and Rubens Barrichello #14 entry is battling to recover from a number of issues in the opening hours of the 24 Hours of Le Mans Virtual.

Virtual Le Mans 24h: WRT leads after Hour 1

The E-Team WRT entry driven by GT driver Kelvin van der Linde leads the 24 Hours of Le Mans Virtual after the opening hour of racing ahead of Stoffel Vandoorne in the #16 Veloce Esports machine.

Live: Watch the 24 Hours of Le Mans Virtual
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Live: Watch the 24 Hours of Le Mans Virtual

Watch all the action right here as the 24 Hours of Le Mans Virtual endurance race takes place on the original weekend of the real-life 24 Hours of Le Mans, which has been postponed until September due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Piquet had given up on Esports before Virtual Le Mans chance

Ex-Formula 1 driver and Formula E champion Nelson Piquet Jr says he had given up on Esports racing before being tempted back for this weekend's 24 Hours of Le Mans Virtual.

Who are SAFEIS and why are they racing into the spotlight?

While 2020 has been a year that has fundamentally altered the status quo, it has also given us opportunities to adapt and look to the future across all sectors – and the world of motorsport is no different.

ByKolles and Porsche on pole for 24 Hours of Le Mans Virtual

FIA World Endurance Championship LMP1 outfit ByKolles will start the Virtual 24 Hours of Le Mans from pole position after its sim racer Jernej Simoncic set the fastest time in qualifying.

Why real-life drivers could surprise at virtual Le Mans

Sim racers are expected to dominate in this weekend's virtual Le Mans 24 Hours contest, but two high-profile teams are putting faith in real-life driver line-ups. The challenge will be huge but could their experience spring a surprise?

How an all-star cast is preparing for virtual Le Mans 24 Hours

The 2020 Le Mans 24 Hours was due to take place this weekend before the coronavirus pandemic postponed it, but the virtual 24-hour race taking place instead is set to provide a star-studded line-up and just as much action

Mitchell beats Jones in BRDC Esports finale, fundraiser nears £18k

Sandy Mitchell edged DTM rookie Ed Jones by 0.023 seconds to win the final round of the BRDC Esports Championship, which has raised almost £18,000 for the UK’s National Health Service.

Tony Parker named starter for 24 Hours of Le Mans Virtual

Former pro basketball player and motorsport enthusiast Tony Parker has been named as the official starter for the 24 Hours of Le Mans Virtual which takes place this weekend (13/14 th June).