As the lockdown forced upon us by the Covid-19 pandemic begins to ease in many places, fans of eSports and motorsport can look forward to the return of world-class motor racing on June 13-14 thanks to the organisation of the first ever Le Mans 24 Hours Virtual by Le Mans Esports Ltd and the ACO (Automobile Club de l’Ouest). This exciting fixture will see professional teams and drivers compete alongside some of the world’s very best eGamers, with action due to kick off with the first free practice session June 10, followed by qualifying and the race itself over the ensuing weekend.

All the cars competing in both classes of the inaugural Le Mans 24 Hours Virtual will race on Michelin tyres.

Michelin was naturally keen to play an active role in the Le Mans 24 Hours Virtual, not only because of the quality of the event but also due to the characteristics of the rFactor 2 platform which convincingly reproduces the central role tyres have long played in the actual race.

The tyre factor will consequently be at the forefront of the teams and drivers’ minds as they prepare for this virtual competition, just as it is during the build-up to real thing. Indeed, Michelin is already working with them as they consider different scenarios and seek the most judicious strategies possible that take into account the time of day and the weather – because, as in everyday life, having the right tyre at the right time can make a very big difference!

Michelin is delighted to be involved with the Le Mans 24 Hours Virtual. It’s a great initiative and will run on a quality platform. The notions of performance and longevity are core to the Group’s commitment to endurance racing and the rFactor 2 simulator takes both onboard. Delivering performance that lasts is fundamentally important to Michelin and a trademark of our tyres both on and away from the racetrack.
Matthieu Bonardel, Michelin Motorsport director

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