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Rebellion Williams goes 1-3 in inaugural Le Mans virtual race

One of the world's toughest races has gone esports mode too.
By Dugout Philippines

MANILA--The first-ever Le Mans 24 Hours Virtual saw Rebellion Williams Esport claim first place with its N°1 car.

Pole-sitters N°4 ByKolles Burst Esport were second past the checkered flag, ahead of the N°13 Rebellion Williams Esport.

The GTE class was won by Porsche Esports Team led by British driver Nick Tandy, which emerged as the category’s dominant squad in qualifying.

The top prize was secured by the N°93 Porsche 911 RSR. Interestingly, Tandy can now claim to have won Le Mans’ GTE class with Porsche and Michelin in both the real world and "virtually".

Second in class went to the N°95 Aston Martin, while R8G Esports Team’s N°80 Corvette took third.

Close, spectacular, realistic racing

Buoyed by a field of 50 cars and 200 topflight racing drivers and sim racers, the show provided by the inaugural Le Mans 24 Hours Virtual lived up every bit to its promise.

Drivers from different forms of racing and top names from the world of endurance racing teamed up with a line-up of sim racing stars to showcase their professionalism not only during their respective pre-race preparations but also in the course of the twice-around-the-clock race itself.

The result was a gripping fight between the successive leaders who all chose similar race strategies and the gaps at the end were extremely close.

As expected, the teams with the strongest reputations took turns in front and took the two ‘virtual’ red- flag interruptions that bunched up the field in their stride.

Thanks to the quality of the coverage and the work put into the event by its organizer, the Automobile Club de l’Ouest (ACO), it was easy to forget at times that this wasn’t actually the real thing.

“The inaugural Le Mans 24 Hours Virtual was a resounding success,” said Matthieu Bonardel, the director of main sponsor Michelin Motorsport. “There is always room for improvement, but I would like to thank everyone at Michelin Motorsport, as well as all the staff at the ACO and the FIA World Endurance Championship who put so much effort into this project. Michelin’s business is advancing continuously on the digital front and we are delighted today to have had this opportunity to reach out to a new audience thanks to the Le Mans 24 Hours Virtual.”

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