24h Le Mans
Le Mans Virtual – Team Redline tops both podiums at Spa-Francorchamps
Team Redline claimed victory in both the LMP2 class and in LMGTE at the 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps, the second round of the Le Mans Virtual Series. The Luxembourg-based team showed bold determination to score double.
The 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps, the second round of the Le Mans Virtual Series, was a thriller from start to end when Felix Rosenqvist, Atze Kerkhof and Bono Huis from Team Redline (#123 Oreca 07) were first to cross the line. Floyd ByKolles-Burst and Rebellion GPX Esports respectively took second and third place overall. Meanwhile, Rudy van Buren, Enzo Bonito and Kevin Siggy took victory for BMW Team Redline in the LMGTE class. The race was hotly contested in both classes with the battle for first place in LMP2 and LMGTE still raging in the final few minutes of the race.
Just like at the 4 Hours of Monza, the previous round of the Le Mans Virtual Series, the winners needed to be very resourceful to achieve the win. In LMP2, a different fuel and tyre strategy ultimately enabled Team Redline to get the upper hand over RG8 Esports. After the race, Felix Rosenqvist said: “It’s been such a long preparation for this race. We all put so many hours in. In the end, we have to thank the team with the amazing fuel saving strategy. There were some concerns about rain, but in the end it never came so we didn’t need to worry about it. It was so much fun, with these races there’s so much at stake all the time, when I did my two stints I was completely fried afterwards.”
In GTE, BMW Team Readline moved into first place less than 10 minutes from the end, thanks to a fuel saving strategy applied throughout the race. Kevin Siggy commented on the close finish in LMGTE: “The final stint was very hard, with the fuel saving we had to do to get past the Porsche, but in the end we nailed the strategy and came out with first place. We ended the race with 0.4 litres of fuel, so it was very, very close. After we passed the Porsche, it was about fuel saving as much as possible and making it to the end.”
The next round of the Le Mans Virtual Series, the 8 Hours of Nürburgring, will be held on Saturday 13 November. The competitors will then battle it out at the 4 Hours of Sebring on Saturday 18 December. The Le Mans Virtual Series will culminate with the 24 Hours of Mans Virtual on 15-16 January 2022. This final will be held live at the Autosport International show in Birmingham (UK).