24 Hours of Le Mans Virtual: ByKolles attempts comeback as Porsche lead 1-2-3 in GTE

ByKolles fought back after eight hours since their drive-through-penalty whilst AF Corse get amongst the front GTE leaders.

The seventh hour of the 24 Hours of Le Mans Virtual had presented a brief Safety Car Period on lap 88, as the #21 LMP faced contact with the entry wall at the Porsche Curves.

ByKolles reached P1 over #20 Team Redline after recovering a drop down in the LMP order after receiving a drive-through-penalty at beginning of the race for jumping the start. Jesper Pedersen set out a series of quick laps to achieve this.

On lap 93, a close battle for the overall lead took place between Stoffel Vandoorne in the #16 Veloce Esports 2, Greger Huttu in the #20 Team Redline, and the #4 ByKolles Burst Esports.

They force fiercely but Vandoorne stood on top for now, whilst Pederson facing a sim-rig issue to fall from P2 down to P11.

A collision between the #64 Corvette of Jan Magnussen and Team Rocket Zansho took place in the approach to end of the Mulsanne straights.

Charles Leclerc of the #52 AF Corse clipped the curb and spun on the approach to Tetre Rouge whilst the #7 Toyota GAZOO Racing LMP crash and spun at the Porsche Curves in the hands of sim-racing rookie Mike Conway.

Porsche dominated the top three spots in GTE but the #91 battled briefly with Ferrari F1 driver Charles Leclerc.

The #56 Team Project 1 crashed prior to the Dunlop chicane.

At the 1/3 distance, it was clear that drivers would soon face the effects of tiredness in this 24 hour virtual endurance race.

Le Mans 24H Virtual – 8 HOURS INTO THE RACE
Position Team Gap
1 #33 2 Seas Motorsport
2 #13 Rebellion Williams Esports + 1.232
3 #31 Panis Racing Triple A + 41.724
4 #16 Veloce Esports 2 + 4.662
5 #20 Team Redline + 3.441
6 #1 Rebellion Williams Esports + 12.705
7 #3 Rebellion Williams Esports + 51.229
8 #46 TDS E Racing Motul + 51.167
9 #24 Veloce Esports 1 + 55.507
10 #37 JOTA Team Redline + 1:32.714
1 #93 Porsche Esports Team
2 #92 Porsche Esports Team + 16.720
3 #91 Porsche Esports Team + 30.471