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Who will conquer Le Mans?

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The weekend sees some of the best PRO and SimRacing drivers from across the globe battle it our for a welcome share of a prize pool of US $250,000, as the 2022-2023 Le Mans Virtual Series concludes this weekend with the 24H Le Mans Virtual race.

The live broadcast for the race itself starts on Saturday, January 14th at 13:15 CET, with drivers from across the globe competing twice around the clock at the famed Circuit de la Sarthe circuit twice around the clock, when the tricolore flag flies to start the race at 14:00 CET.

Champions from both IRL and sim racing, along with the backing of major manufacturers, including the recent addition of Peugeot Sport joining the many of the mainstays including Mercedes, Alpine, Vanwall and Porsche, comprise an all-star cast that will push to the limit.

But along with the race sporting 45 cars combined with both LMP and GTE cars in action, there is also a revised qualifying format to see who will secure the inaugural Hyperpole.

It will comprise of two parts, where all the cars will go out in a combined half-hour qualifying session today at 18:10 CET, before the 15-minute Hyperpole session starts at 19:30 CET. The latter will see drivers go all out to post the fastest lap possible, but will not need to worry about having to deal with traffic out on the 38-turn, 13.626-km circuit.

In between the two sessions, there will be an rFactor2 All-Stars Race taking place at 18:50 CET, with some well-known names from the simracing community including Jardier, GamerMuscle and Dan Suzuki taking part.

Team Redline celebrated success in both classes last time Le Mans Virtual went racing at this track 12 months ago, and both class titles will be fought right down to the wire.

The team leads the classifications in both classes, with the #1 Team Redline Oreca 07 leading the way in LMP, 18 points in front of the #4 Floyd Vanwall Burst entry, whilst Porsche Coanda‘s #20 ORECA is just a further two points adrift in third.

For GTE, three different manufacturers are represented, with the #72 BMW Team Redline M8 leading, with the #99 Porsche of Oracle Red Bull Racing second, with SF Velas Esports Team‘s #51 Ferrari 488 GTE are third at present.

MissionH24 also makes an appearance, as one of the hydrogen-powered protoype sportscars will be the leading car for the event, which showcases the ACO‘s consistent push for sustainability, developed jointly by them and GreenGT.

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Before we forget – who are you rooting for? Let us know in the comments.

But the big question is, who will take the win? You’ll have to watch it all to find out!

You can watch all the action from Hyperpole qualifying, the All-Stars Race and the main event itself via the feeds below: