Multimatic Motorsports has secured its place at the 24 Hours of Le Mans Virtual, teaming real racers with sim racers.
Partnering with e-sport team Zansho Simsport, the Multimatic-Zansho LMP2 car will be piloted by sim racers Mike Epps and Olivier Fortin.
They will be joined by the father and son team of Andy and Seb Priaulx for the race, which will take place on the traditional mid-June slot, starting Saturday, June 13 at 15:00 CET.
Andy Priaulx said, “E-sports has given many of us drivers an opportunity to stay sharp during the lockdown and I think we have all learned a lot about sim racing. We’ve yet to do an endurance race though, so this is a new challenge, but at least I will be able to sleep in my own bed this time.”
The virtual race has attracted Formula 1 drivers, with Red Bull’s Max Verstappen and McLaren’s Lando Norris joining sim racers Atze Kerkhof and Greger Huttu in the No 20 ORECA 07 LMP2 car.
Scuderia Alphatauri driver Pierre Gasly will join ex-Toro Rosso driver and fellow Frenchman Jean-Éric Vergne in the LMP category.
Ex-Formula 1 driver Olivier Panis, who won the 1996 Monaco Grand Prix, will be taking part with his son Aurélien.
Other ex-F1 drivers taking part include Stoffel Vandoorne, Juan Pablo Montoya, Rubens Barrichello, 2005 and 2006 world champion Fernando Alonso, and 2009 champion Jenson Button.