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Rebellion Williams win first virtual Le Mans 24 Hours

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Rebellion Williams win first virtual Le Mans 24 Hours

Rebellion Williams win first virtual Le Mans 24 Hours

The first virtual 24 Hours of Le Mans is won by Rebellion Williams Esports on the day the actual race was scheduled to finish before being postponed due to the coronavirus.

SHOWS: INTERNET (JUNE 13-14, 2020) (WORLD ENDURANCE CHAMPIONSHIP HANDOUT - NO ARCHIVE) 1.

GOODYEAR BLIMP 2.

ON-BOARD CAMERA SHOWING START OF RACE 3.

VARIOUS OF BYKOLLES BURST ESPORT'S, TOM DILLMANN (NUMBER 4), LEADING THE RACE 4.

PORSCHE ESPORTS TEAM (NUMBER 93) ON THE TRACK 5.

FA/RB ALLINSPORTS', FERNANDO ALONSO (NUMBER 14), COLLIDING WITH ANOTHER CAR 6.

ALONSO DRIVING SLOWLY AROUND BEND - HIS CAR RAN OUT OF FUEL AND HAD TO REJOIN AT THE FIRST RED FLAG 7.

REBELLION WILLIAMS SPORT (NUMBER 1) RACING AGAINST BYKOLLES BURST ESPORT 8.

CARS DRIVING UNDER A RED FLAG DUE TO A SERVER FAILURE 9.

2 SEAS MOTORSPORT ON TRACK LEADING THE RACE 10.

PORSCHE ESPORTS TEAM (NUMBER 93) AHEAD OF R8G ESPORTS TEAM (NUMBER 80) IN THE GTE RACE 11.

PIT STOP 12.

ON-BOARD CAMERA SHOWING RACING AT NIGHT, UNIDENTIFIED CAR OVERTAKING ANOTHER CAR 13.

ON-BOARD CAMERA SHOWING TEAM REDLINE'S, MAX VERSTAPPEN, RACING IN FRONT 14.

VARIOUS OF VERSTAPPEN (NUMBER 20) RACING 15.

VELOCE ESPORTS 2 IN THE PIT LANE 16.

UNIDENTIFIED CAR RACING DURING THE NIGHT 17.

2 SEAS MOTORSPORT AVOIDING A CRASH BETWEEN TWO OF THE REBELLION WILLIAMS ESPORT CARS 18.

ON-BOARD CAMERA SHOWING A REPLAY OF THE COLLISION 19.

CARS DRIVING UNDER A SECOND RED FLAG 20.

REBELLION WILLIAMS ESPORT (NUMBER 1) LEADING THE RACE 21.

RACE IN PROGRESS 22.

TEAM PROJECT CAR (PURPLE) COLLIDING WITH A CORVETTE RACING CAR 23.

ASTON MARTIN RACING (NUMBER 95) ON TRACK 24.

BYKOLLES BURST ESPORT (NUMBER 4) RACING AGAINST A REBELLION WILLIAMS ESPORT CAR (NUMBER 13) 25.

BYKOLLES BURST ESPORT (NUMBER 4) RACING, AHEAD OF REBELLION WILLIAMS ESPORT CAR (NUMBER 13) AND BEHIND TOYOTA GAZOO RACING (NUMBER 8) 26.

VARIOUS OF BYKOLLES BURST ESPORT (NUMBER 4) RACING AND REBELLION WILLIAMS ESPORT CAR (NUMBER 13) RACING FOR SECOND PLACE 27.

FERRARI - AF CORSE (NUMBER 52) - FEATURING CHARLES LE CLERC - CRASHING INTO BARRIER 28.

VARIOUS OF DEMPSEY-PROTON RACING (NUMBER 88) RACING AGAINST CORVETTE RACING (NUMBER 64) 29.

R&G ESPORTS TEAM (NUMBER 80) RACING 30.

ASTON MARTIN RACING (NUMBER 95) RACING 31.

PORSCHE ESPORTS TEAM (NUMBER 93) RACING - THEY WON THE GTE CATEGORY 32.

REBELLION WILLIAMS ESPORT CAR (NUMBER 13) DRIVING PASSED BYKOLLES BURST ESPORT (NUMBER 4) 33.

THE EVENTUAL WINNER, REBELLION WILLIAMS ESPORT (NUMBER 1), RACING 34.

BYKOLLES BURST ESPORT (NUMBER 4) OVERTAKING REBELLION WILLIAMS ESPORT CAR (NUMBER 13) TO MOVE INTO SECOND POSITION 35.

REAR-VIEW CAMERA SHOWING BYKOLLES BURST ESPORT (NUMBER 4) OVERTAKING REBELLION WILLIAMS ESPORT CAR (NUMBER 13) 36.

VARIOUS OF BYKOLLES BURST ESPORT'S, JERNEJ SIMONCIC (NUMBER 4), RACING AGAINST REBELLION WILLIAMS ESPORT'S MICHAEL ROMANIDIS (NUMBER 13) 37.

VARIOUS OF NIKODEM WISNIEWSKI DRIVING THE REBELLION WILLIAMS ESPORT NUMBER 1 CAR AND CROSSING THE FINISH LINE TO WIN THE RACE 38.

WISNIEWSKI CELEBRATING 39.

PORSCHE ESPORTS TEAM (NUMBER 93) WINNING THE GTE RACE 40.

PORSCHE ESPORTS TEAM'S, TOMMY OSTGAARD, CELEBRATING 41.

GRAPHIC SHOWING THE OVERALL TOP 10 STORY: Rebellion Williams Esports won the first virtual 24 Hours of Le Mans on Sunday (June 14), the day the real race was scheduled to finish before being postponed to September due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The number one Oreca was shared by Haas Formula One reserve Louis Deletraz along with Mercedes GT driver Raffaele Marciello and Polish esports racers Nikodem Wisniewski and Kuba Brzezinski.

The four-car team was a partnership of the Williams F1 esports programme and World Endurance Championship (WEC) regulars Rebellion Racing.

ByKolles Burst Esport finished second, 17.7 seconds behind, after starting on pole while another Rebellion Williams car took third place.

The Porsche Esports Team featuring Nick Tandy, Ayhancan Guven, Joshua Rogers and Tommy Ostgaard won the GTE category.

Server problems caused two red flag periods but organisers of the event, featuring 200 professional drivers and gamers from 37 countries in 50 cars and participating remotely on 170 simulators, hailed a success.

The virtual race, run on the rFactor2 platform, was shown in 57 countries, with commentary just like the real event on the Sarthe circuit in north-west France.

Organisers said 13 million connections were made to the official timing system.

Two times F1 champion and double Le Mans winner Fernando Alonso was a casualty of a systems glitch that caused him to run out of fuel but the car returned at the first red flag and finished 17th.

Red Bull F1 driver Max Verstappen, sharing a Team Redline entry with McLaren's Lando Norris, suffered heavy collision damage after a frozen screen.

They were allowed back after the second reset with four and a half hours remaining.




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