Porsche Motorsport have confirmed their driver crews amongst four GTE entries into the 24 Hours of Le Mans Virtual on June 13-14.
As the most successful manufacturer for the entire history of Le Mans, it is no surprise to see Porsche entering in the 24 Hours of Le Mans virtual.
Porsche are the most successful manufacturer to have competed in the 97-year-long history of Le Mans, and are one of the most iconic names who will participate at the 24 Hours of Le Mans Virtual.
The (WEC) GTE team are reigning champions, as are the (IMSA) GTLM squad in the WeatherTech Sports Car Championship. in fact, Porsche have reigned four global GT titles amongst four major series participations in the past year.
Traditionally, Porsche’s GTE-Pro entries at Le Mans consist of two WEC and two IMSA cars; there will only be the two WEC participations from Porsche in GTE-Pro for this year’s (real-life) Le Mans 24H.
The newly-formed Porsche esports squad will consist of 16 drivers amongst the #91, #92, #93, and #94 Porsche 911 RSRs:
André Lotterer (DE) / Neel Jani (CH) / Mitchell Dejong (USA) / Martti Pietilä (FIN).
Jaxon Evans (NZ) / Matt Campbell (AUS) / Mack Bakkum (NED) / Jeremy Bouteloup (FRA)
Nick Tandy (GB) / Ayhancan Güven (TR) / Josh Rogers (AUS) / Tommy Ostgaard (NOR)
Patrick Pilet (F) / Simona de Silvestro (CH) / Martin Krönke (DE) / David Williams (GB)
The four crews will compete in a GTE category of 20 cars and will include the likes of familiar GTE names such as AF Corse, Corvette Racing, Aston Martin Racing, and more.
Marco Ujhasi, Manager Esports at Porsche Motorsport said: “With the virtual 24 Hours of Le Mans, two worlds converge.
“The passion for racing now builds the bridge between the real and virtual worlds.
“The know-how from the racetracks and the skills required on simulation platforms come together in the newly-founded Porsche Esports team. This unique synergy opens up new possibilities for everyone involved.
“Just like in real-life racing, the virtual motorsport marathon requires not only a perfect setup and decent pace but also a little bit of luck.”
The Director of Factory Motorsport at Porsche, Pascal Zurlinden, offered his perspective on the virtual event.
“Under the current circumstances, the virtual 24 Hours of Le Mans offers an excellent opportunity to reach many fans around the world.
“Le Mans is considered the most traditional long-distance race and the digital version can now attract a completely new target group to professional motor racing.
“I’m curious to see how the combination of works drivers and elite sim racers will work.”