A host of major broadcasters including Motor Trend in the USA and Eurosport Pan-Europe will televise this weekend’s 24 Hours of Le Mans Virtual (15/16 January), bringing the exhilarating combined world of motorsport and esports to millions of homes across the globe.
A special TV show covering this unique event will be produced live from Paris and will include an expert commentary team made up of FIA World Endurance Championship lead commentator Martin Haven, esports experts Chris McCarthy and Lewis McGlade, motorsport commentator Ben Constanduros plus “pitlane” reporter Hayley Edmonds. Also in the studio will be current WEC competitor, 2020 Le Mans Virtual driver and FIA F2 and F3 commentator Alex Brundle to bring a driver’s eye to proceedings.
The 200 drivers – representing 39 different nationalities – taking part in the 50 cars (4-drivers in each car in rotation over the 24 hours) will be located in 28 different countries and this is fully reflected in the digital interest from broadcasters globally. The drivers come from both real life motorsport, including F1 World Champion Max Verstappen, and sim racing and combine together to show their talents in the virtual world.
Eurosport will cover the full twice-round-the-clock race live throughout its European region on Eurosport Player, and global coverage will be on Motorsport.tv. Also airing the full 24 hours on OTT channels in Europe will be L’Equipe Live in France, Sport 10 (pay TV) and RTBF Auvio (OTT) in Belgium, Viaplay in Sweden, Norway and Finland. Sport 1 in Germany (+ Austria and Switzerland) will show a special 44 minute programme on Sunday evening on free-to-air TV with a potential reach of 72 million.
Motor Trend will cover the full virtual race live in North America on its OTT service, while Star+ will show the 24 Hours of Le Mans Virtual in Latin America plus Brazil. SuperSport DStv will take the broadcast live on its dedicated motorsport channel across Africa, thus extending the coverage to four continents around the world.
Finally, the ACO and FIA WEC’s official social media channels will be showing all the action live from start to finish, as will the Le Mans Virtual Series official website (www.lemansvirtual.com). The broadcast begins at 13h30 (CET / 12h30 GMT / 07h30 ET) and the famous French national flag will be dropped for the start of the biggest endurance esports event of the year at 14h00 (13h GMT/08h00 ET).
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