Sky Sport has secured the rights to broadcast this weekend’s unique Virtual Le Mans 24 Hours, featuring kiwi sportscar duo Brendon Hartley and Jaxon Evans.
The race will take place on the exact date to the hour that the real-life French classic was slated to begin before the coronavirus-induced suspension of the World Endurance Championship forced organisers to delay the race until September.
The virtual event has been dubbed ‘unmissable’ by several endurance racing experts with a myriad of global racing superstars set to line-up on the simulated starting grid.
Two-time World Endurance champion and former winner of the event Hartley will pilot the #8 Toyota Gazoo Racing LMP2 machine while Evans will partner factory Porsche driver Matt Campbell in one of four virtual Porsche GTE entries.
The race will be run on the rFactor 2 software and will feature realistic day/night transitions, damage model and Balance of Performance.
A TV-style broadcast analogous to the official Le Mans broadcast will headline the event with a live studio presentation in Paris featuring nine-time Le Mans winner Tom Kristensen and three-time winner Allan McNish on commentary.
Various teams will also be streaming their race via official Twitch channels.
The race will be broadcast live on Sky Sport 5 begin on Sunday, June 14 at 12.30 am and run until 1 am the following Monday.
Main Image: Toyota Gazoo Racing