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WATCH: Le Mans Virtual Series Race 1, 8 Hours of Bahrain, LIVE

That’s it. We’ve officially made it to the start of the 2022-23 Le Mans Virtual Series. On Saturday (September 17, 2022) 40 top teams, consisting of three top drivers, will start the season strong and compete at the Bahrain International Circuit in the 8 Hours of Bahrain.

A total prize fund of $250,000 is at stake for teams to secure their share throughout the season.

Two car classes, the LMP2 and the GTE quartet consisting of Aston Martin Vantage GTE, BMW M8 GTE, Ferrari 488 GTE and Porsche 911 RSR GTE, compete simultaneously against Oreca 07 LMP2 – the prototype class and the faster of the two classes.

Utilizing Studio 397 and Motorsport Games’ rFactor 2 simulation platform, some of the high-profile talent we’ll see in the opening round of the 2022-23 Le Mans Virtual Series will be well-known real-world talent like Alon Day, James Baldwin, Sérgio Sette Camara and Dylan Pereira.

We’ll also see some of the best eSports drivers in a variety of different simulations, including drivers like Mitchell deJong, Diogo Pinto, Joshua Rogers and of course Jeffrey Rietveld.

Speaking of Rietveld, he was able to lead the No. 1 Team Redline LMP entry in qualifying for the LMP class. Kevin Siggy in the #71 BMW Team Redline BMW M8 GTE also secured a top spot in the GTE class and indeed both drivers and teams are last season’s returning champions.

The Le Mans Virtual Series 8 Hours of Bahrain begins on Saturday, September 17 at 1pm BST / 2pm CEST / 5am PT / 8am ET.

There will be multiple ways to watch, but we hope you’ll watch with us here on the Traxion.GG YouTube, Facebook, and Twitch channels. The event will also be broadcast live on the YouTube channels of 24 Heuers du Mans, FIA WEC and European Le Mans Series, as well as on Facebook with the FIA ​​WEC and the Le Mans Virtual, which gives it its name.

TOP 10 STARTING LINEUP: LMP CLASS

position DARE # TEAM DRIVER TIME
1 1 Team Redline Jeffrey Rietveld 1:41.160
2 4 Floyd Vanwall Burst Jernej Simoncic 1:41.379
3 8th R8G ESPORTS Marcell Chinchik 1:41.462
4 2 Team Redline Diogo Pinto 1:41.483
5 28 YAS HEAT RATE Marko Pejic 1:41.518
6 23 Porsche Coanda JoshuaRogers 1:41.552
7 36 Alpine esports Tom Lartilleux 1:41.595
8th 53 AMG Team Williams Esports Nicodem Wisniewski 1:41.634
9 444 Nextview Vanwall Burst David Mroczek 1:41.635
10 63 AMG Team Petronas Esports Graham Caroll 1:41.641

TOP 10 STARTING LINEUP: GTE CLASS

position DARE # TEAM CAR (GTE) DRIVER TIME
1 71 BMW Team Redline BMW M8 Kevin Siggy 1:53.216
2 77 Proton Coanda Esports Porsche 911 RSR Dayne Warren 1:53.317
3 11 Project 1 by Dörr Esports Porsche 911 RSR Moritz Loehner 1:53.376
4 888 R8G ESPORTS Ferrari 488 Alexander Smolyar 1:53.445
5 26 SIM Maranello Ferrari 488 Christian Malghera 1:53.451
6 99 Oracle Red Bull Racing Porsche 911 RSR Yuri Kasdorp 1:53.506
7 66 SIMMSA Sports Ferrari 488 Patrick Schindler 1:53.583
8th 89 BMW Team BS+COMPETITION BMW M8 Ibrahim Khan 1:53.615
9 95 Prodrive FOUR Esports Aston Martin Vantage Let Sorensen 1:53.663
10 111 P1 sports Porsche 911 RSR Rasmus Busch 1:53.773

40 teams (24 LMP, 16 GTE) with three drivers each take part in the start of the series.

Le Mans Virtual Series 2022-23 calendar

  • Round 1 – 8 Hours of Bahrain, Bahrain – September 17, 2022
  • Lap 2 – 4 hours from Monza, Italy – October 8, 2022
  • Lap 3 – 6 hours from Spa, Belgium – November 5, 2022
  • Lap 4 – Sebring 500 miles, USA – December 3, 2022
  • Lap 5 – 24 Hours of Le Mans Virtual – Aug 14-15 January 2023

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