Germany is the next destination for the famous Le Mans Virtual Series this weekend as the series rolls on to its toughest challenge yet. The LMP2 and GTE cars will be tackling the Nürburgring Nordschleife for a total of 8 hours during the third round of the championship.
This is the longest distance we have seen in a race so far this season and is certainly the most challenging circuit we have had to date in the rFactor 2 based championship.
The biggest unknown for all of the drivers and spectators alike is how the LMP2 cars will tackle a circuit like this. Prototypes are almost never driven around the Nordschleife in anger, mainly due to the danger, so it’s unlikely that the drivers will have any experience at all of this.
There are a number of high-speed corners that will play into their hands, however, the Oreca and Ligier cars aren’t known for being agile over the bumps, a key asset needed at the Nürburgring.
GTE machinery isn’t driven all that much around here either. Since neither category is eligible for any racing around here, there hasn’t been any point in taking an LMP2 or GTE to this circuit. Now, they’ll be expected to race together around here for eight hours. The interaction in traffic is not something that anyone has experienced with these two classes at this track. It’s a step into the unknown for everyone.
So far this season in LMP2, we have seen two different winners. However, they have both come out of the same stable, as Team Redline has taken the checkered flag first on both occasions. The race winners from Monza crashed out early from the Spa race at Blanchimont, while the #123 team that went on to take that victory were 7th in the opener. This win puts them only two points off the championship leaders, with their teammates in the #70 8 points adrift after two races. Floyd Bykolles-Burst has a deserved championship lead after two podium finishes so far.
While LMP2 has seen lots of cars in contention for wins, GTE has been a two-horse race so far. Porsche Esports Team beat BMW Team Redline to the victory at Monza before the roles were reversed in the second race at Spa. This has tied them up at the top of the GTE championship, with a massive 16 points gap back to the competition.
The next episode in the Le Mans Virtual Series story is coming up this weekend, on Traxion.gg!
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