Rebellion Williams Racing look set to claim a 1-2 finish in the virtual 24 Hours of Le Mans as day breaks for the start of the final leg of the simulated French classic.
Since inheriting the lead prior to the 12-hour mark, the #1 Rebellion enjoyed a trouble-free run over the treacherous night conditions to maintain a 20-second margin ahead of the sister #13, only yielding the lead during the pitstop phases.
Having relinquished the lead courtesy of a controversial drive through penalty, pole sitters #4 ByKolles entry has since made a remarkable recovery to lie third – one minute adrift after 17 hours with ex-Formula E racer Tom Dillman at the wheel.
In the GTE class, Australian sim-racer Josh Rogers kept a cool head across the night stint to maintain the lead for #93 Porsche before handing over command to factory racer Nick Tandy. Porsche Junior Ayhancan Güven has since taken control after the recent pitstop phases.
A rejuvenated R8G Esports team has recovered after a stagnant start to sit second in the leading Corvette, albeit one-lap down on the leading Porsche.
Jaxon Evans trails the sole R8G entry at the helm of the #92 sister Porsche, one lap ahead of a scintillating dual between the #95 Aston Martin and #91 Porsche which ended abruptly after a shrewd manoeuvre by the German team at Indianapolis corner.
After his early race accident, Brendon Hartley and the #8 Toyota Gazoo LMP2 machine are three-laps down in 12th.
Elsewhere in the LMP class, French racing driver Nicolas Lapierre had seemingly run out of fuel in transit down the pitlane and unable to reach his pitbox.
It could have been the most disastrous conclusion after having completed over 15 hours of racing.
Fortunately, the #36 Signatech Apline car of Andre Negrao was able to push the stricken Cool Drive entry back to his pitlane and re-join the race where they now lie 21st.