Team Redline powered into the lead within the first hour, Pagenaud faced a technical issue and an extended red flag period mixed the strategies up ahead of sixth hour.
Lando Norris continued the efforts of Team Redline to maintain a sub-21 second gap to 2 Seas Motorsport’s Devin Braune.
The pair battled closely in terms of lap time, with the gap having reduced over the first hour.
Throughout the two hours, the #4 Rebellion Williams and #Toyota GAZOO Racing ARG battled for positions; firstly for fifth and later for sixth.
Reigning Indy 500 winner Simon Pagenaud faced a tyre/technical issue on Lap 70 which affected his rig. The following webcam footage had him swap sim/wheel rigs.
Nine laps later, a Full Course Yellow was enforced which then transformed to a Red Flag due to server technical issues.
This took place during the pitstop threshold for most competitors.
The teams who did not pit before the red flag/server reset gained benefits such as a full reset of any outstanding damage, a full tank of fuel, and fresh tyres at no cost of a time-consuming pitstop.
Team Redline were at a disadvantage when 2 Seas Motorsport fought closely but did not have to pit (due to the red flag).
In the GTE, former Le Mans champion Andre Lotterer jumped into the #91 Porsche and battled hard with the sister #92 car for P7.
Both #63 and #64 Corvettes benefited from the red flag period having started in P2 and P4 at the safety car restart.
The R8G (Grosjean) Esports car brought on a charge against the leading Porsches.
|Le Mans 24H Virtual – 6 HOURS INTO THE RACE|
|1||#33 2 Seas Motorsport||–|
|2||#20 Team Redline||+ 2.398|
|3||#4 ByKolles-Burst Esport||+ 3.451|
|4||#16 Veloce Esports 2||+ 10.533|
|5||#13 Rebellion Williams Esports||+ 14.519|
|6||#10 Toyota GAZOO Racing ARG||+ 15.477|
|7||#31 Panis Racing Triple A||+ 22.257|
|8||#24 Veloce Esports 1||+ 24.293|
|9||#7 Toyota GAZOO Racing||+ 24.983|
|10||#1 Rebellion Williams Esports||+ 28.365|
|1||#93 Porsche Esports Team||–|
|2||#80 R8G Esports Team||+ 2.177|
|3||#92 Porsche Esports Team||+ 4.679|