A combination of professional drivers and Esports racers are taking to the track for the 24 Hours of Le Mans Virtual, a joint enterprise between the FIA World Endurance Championship, Automobile Club de l'Ouest and Motorsport Games featuring a 50-car grid.
What is it?
With the traditional Le Mans weekend left empty of motorsport due to COVID-19, the 24 Hours of Le Mans Virtual is an online, 24-hour race that will bring together names from across real and virtual racing to compete in one of motorsport's most famous events.
Drivers in the 24 Hours of Le Mans Virtual
Charles Leclerc - Formula 1
Fernando Alonso - Formula 1/WEC
Max Verstappen - Formula 1
Lando Norris - Formula 1
Jenson Button - Formula 1
Simon Pagenaud - IndyCar
Juan Pablo Montoya - Formula 1/IndyCar
Jean-Eric Vergne - Formula E
Rubens Barrichello - Formula 1
Felipe Massa - Formula 1/Formula E
The event has attracted 50 entries with each team comprising four drivers.
The impressive entry list contains competitors from all across motorsport, with each entry fielding a minimum of two professional drivers with an FIA international license and a maximum of two sim racers.
Several WEC teams will participate, including Toyota Gazoo Racing, Rebellion Racing, Aston Martin, Ferrari and Porsche, as well as IMSA competitors Penske and Corvette.
Five current F1 drivers will star on the grid, alongside two world champions as well as competitors from Formula 2, WEC, IndyCar, Formula E, the Esports world and more.
Fernando Alonso will pair up with Rubens Barrichello, and other formidable team-mates include Max Verstappen and Lando Norris at Team Redline; Jean-Eric Vergne and AlphaTauri F1 driver Pierre Gasly for Veloce Esports; Charles Leclerc and Alfa Romeo F1 driver Antonio Giovinazzi for Ferrari in the GT class; Porsche Formula E drivers Neel Jani and Andre Lotterer heading up the marque's four entries.
Simon Pagenaud and Juan Pablo Montoya will come together for Team Penske and WEC and Formula E racers Sebastien Buemi and Brendon Hartley will feature together for Toyota.
Richard Mille Racing will field an all-female entry made up of Katherine Legge, Tatiana Calderon, Sophia Floersch and sim racer Emily Jones.
Each driver must complete a minimum of four hours of the event, but no more than seven hours can be raced by a single driver over the 24-hour period.
Toyota Gazoo Racing
TOYOTA GAZOO Racing
What sim will the 24 Hours of Le Mans Virtual use?
The 24 Hours of Le Mans Virtual will be taking place on rFactor 2, supplied and supported by Studio 397, which is also used for the Formula E Race at Home Challenge.
The Circuit de la Sarthe, where the 24 Hours of Le Mans takes place each year, is available on rFactor 2 for a fee.
How can I watch and stream it?
Motorsport.tv and Motorsport.com will stream the entire event as well as providing full coverage of all the action and updates across the Motorsport Network's websites and social media accounts.
Commentators will guide viewers through the event from a studio in Paris, with a multitude of guest experts contributing their knowledge and opinions throughout.