Veloce Esports have confirmed their driver lineups for their three entries into the 24 Hours of Le Mans Virtual on June 13-14.
As a prominent name in esports, Veloce Esports are keen to assert their position in virtual racing.
Through their outputs such as Twitch and Youtube, they have hosted virtual races in frequent succession; the recent and most iconic is the #NotTheGP series hosted via the Formula 1 Youtube Channel.
Veloce Esports are the reigning 24 Hours of Le Mans winners at last season’s Le Mans Esports Series, which is due to host its grand Super Finale event later this year at Circuit de La Sarthe, Le Mans.
For the 24 Hours of Le Mans Virtual, Veloce will carry the numbers #16, #18, and #24 across their three cars.
The driver lineups are an equal mixture of racing drivers and esports stars:
- #16 – Veloce Esports 2 – Norman Nato / Stoffel Vandoorne / Eamonn Murphy / Tomek Poradzisz
- #18 – Veloce Esports 3 – Sacha Fenestraz / Ryan Tveter / James Baldwin / Tom Lartilleux
- #24 – Veloce Esports 1 – Jean-Eric Vergne / Pierre Gasly / Jarno Opmeer / Isaac Gillissen
The two-time Formula E champion and co-founder of Veloce Esports, Jean-Eric Vergne, has been part of the management team at the organisation.
The former Toro Rosso driver discussed his desire to establish an esports organisation back in 2017 in an encounter with former Formula 3 teammate Rupert Svendsen-Cook, mentioned in an extended interview with Motorsport Technology.
Vandoorne, who is part-way through his second season of Formula E competing for Mercedes-Benz EQ, is noted as a dear friend to JEV; both of them have been racing in Formula E’s Race At Home Challenge on the rFactor 2 platform.
They have both also competed in the 2019 24 Hours of Le Mans (most recent edition), as JEV claimed an LMP2 victory and Vandoorne made his Le Mans debut for SMP Racing (LMP1).
Norman Nato currently competes in the WEC for Rebellion Racing in the LMP1 category.
He has attempted Le Mans twice in 2018 (SMP Racing in LMP2) and 2019 (RLR M Sport/Tower Events – LMP2).
The current Toro Rosso Formula 1 driver, Pierre Gasly, has not competed at Le Mans yet but will be keen to assert his racing talent having finished on the podium (in P2) at the 2019 Brazilian Grand Prix.
Whilst Vergne and Nato have driven the Oreca 07-Gibson LMP2 car at the real event, they will look to learn from their more experienced esports teammates to get to grips with rFactor 2’s Oreca 07 and fight for overall victory.