The Le Mans Virtual Cup on rFactor 2 returns for the 2022 season with a four-race schedule that begins on the 16th of September at Sebring. A precursory esports event to the Le Mans Virtual Series, qualifying for these Virtual Cup races is open to all rFactor 2 owners within the platform’s native Competition System.
The prize? A place on the grid for the 2023 24 Hours Le Mans Virtual.
Utilizing the Ligier JS P320 LMP3 this year – replacing the Norma M30 – the Le Mans Virtual Cup races will have up to 30 drivers per split, spec formula rules and each race will run for 45 minutes, requiring at least one mandated pit stop. The results of the first three races of the series will determine the grid for the fourth and final race of the season.
The races will be broadcasted live before the Le Mans Virtual Series qualifying sessions begin as the races scheduled on the same weekends. These races and Virtual Series qualifying sessions take place on Friday afternoons, the day before the Le Mans Virtual Series races scheduled for Saturdays.
The season starts at Sebring on 16th September. Qualifying has officially opened on the Competition System and splits will be formed based on the qualifying results. Only up to 10 splits will be run with up to 30 drivers in each.
Race two takes to Monza on 7th October. On 4th November, the Virtual Cup heads to Spa-Francorchamps.
Points will be kept in those three races and the top scoring drivers will move on to the fourth and final race at Bahrain on 2nd December. Top finishers in the final standings will get the opportunity to join a team for the Le Mans Virtual Series grid in the 24 Hours of Le Mans Virtual on 14th January 2023.
Last year, both Luca D’Amelio and Christopher Högfeldt were invited to join Juan Pablo and Sebastian Montoya in the No. 24 LMVS Guest Car during the 2022 24 Hours of Le Mans Virtual. D’Amelio and Högfeldt finished first and second in the Virtual Cup finale at Circuit de la Sarthe in 2021.
While the lineup for the Le Mans Virtual Series is still yet to be revealed, drivers who were not picked up to drive for one of those teams will get their shot through the Virtual Cup just like D’Amelio and Högfeldt were able to do last year.
Organised by the collaborative efforts between Automobile Club de l’Ouest and Motorsport Games, both the Le Mans Virtual Series and Le Mans Virtual Cup return following huge successes in the 2021 season and 2022 main event.
The 2021-2022 Le Mans Virtual Series and 2022 24 Hours of Le Mans Virtual event were broadcasted live on the FIA WEC, 24 Hours of Le Mans and Traxion.GG online channels, as well as broadcasted live in select areas on TV. More details regarding this season, such as team and driver entry lists, are set to be revealed in September.
Le Mans Virtual Cup calendar 2022
- Race 1 – Sebring – 16th September
- Race 2 – Monza – 7th October
- Race 3 – Spa-Francorchamps – 4th November
- Race 4 – Bahrain – 2nd December
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