WATCH: Le Mans Virtual Series Race 1, 8 Hours of Bahrain, LIVE

Justin Melillo
Watch the first race of the 2022-23 Le Mans Virtual Season, the 8 Hours of Bahrain at the Bahrain International Circuit, LIVE on Traxion.GG.
WATCH: Le Mans Virtual Series Race 1, 8 Hours of Bahrain, LIVE

This is it. We’ve officially made it to the start of the 2022-23 Le Mans Virtual Series. On Saturday (17th September 2022) 40 top teams made up of three top level drivers will start off the season strong, racing at the Bahrain International Circuit in the 8 Hours of Bahrain.

A total prize fund of US $250,000 is on the line for teams to grab their share of throughout the season.

Two classifications of cars, the LMP2 and the GTE quartet made up of the Aston Martin Vantage GTE, BMW M8 GTE, Ferrari 488 GTE and Porsche 911 RSR GTE, will compete simultaneously against the Oreca 07 LMP2 – the Prototype class, and the faster of the two classes.

Utilizing the rFactor 2 simulation platform by Studio 397 and Motorsport Games some of the top level talent that we will see in the opening round of the 2022-23 Le Mans Virtual Series include well-known real-world talent such as Alon Day, James Baldwin, Sérgio Sette Câmara and Dylan Pereira.

We’ll also see the likes of some of the best esports drivers around a multitude of different simulations, those drivers including Mitchell deJong, Diogo Pinto, Joshua Rogers and of course, Jeffrey Rietveld.

Speaking of Rietveld, he was able to take the the No. 1 Team Redline LMP entry to the top in qualifying for the LMP class. Kevin Siggy in the No. 71 BMW Team Redline BMW M8 GTE also secured a top spot in the GTE class, and sure enough, both drivers and teams are the returning champions from a season ago.

The Le Mans Virtual Series 8 Hours of Bahrain will start on Saturday, 17th September at 13:00 BST / 14:00 CEST / 05:00 PT / 08:00 ET.

There will be multiple ways to watch, but we hope you watch it with us here on the Traxion.GG YouTube, Facebook and Twitch channels. The 24 Heuers du Mans, FIA WEC and European Le Mans Series YouTube channels, plus on Facebook with the FIA WEC and the titular Le Mans Virtual will also have the event live.


11Team RedlineJeffrey Rietveld1:41.160
24Floyd Vanwall-BurstJernej Simončič1:41.379
38R8G ESPORTSMarcell Csincsik1:41.462
42Team RedlineDiogo Pinto1:41.483
528YAS HEAT VELOCEMarko Pejic1:41.518
623Porsche CoandaJoshua Rogers1:41.552
736Alpine EsportsTom Lartilleux1:41.595
853AMG Team Williams EsportsNikodem Wisniewski1:41.634
9444Nextview Vanwall-BurstDawid Mroczek1:41.635
1063AMG Team Petronas EsportsGraham Carroll1:41.641


171BMW Team RedlineBMW M8Kevin Siggy1:53.216
277Proton Coanda EsportsPorsche 911 RSRDayne Warren1:53.317
311Project 1 by Dörr EsportsPorsche 911 RSRMoritz Löhner1:53.376
4888R8G ESPORTSFerrari 488Alexander Smolyar1:53.445
526SIM MaranelloFerrari 488Christian Malghera1:53.451
699Oracle Red Bull RacingPorsche 911 RSRYuri Kasdorp1:53.506
766SIMMSA EsportsFerrari 488Patrick Schindler1:53.583
889BMW Team BS+COMPETITIONBMW M8Ibraheem Khan1:53.615
995Prodrive FYRA EsportAston Martin VantageLasse Sørensen1:53.663
10111P1 EsportPorsche 911 RSRRasmus Busk1:53.773

40 teams (24 LMP, 16 GTE) with three drivers each will take part in the opening round of the series.

Le Mans Virtual Series 2022-23 Calendar 

  • Round 1 – 8 Hours of Bahrain, Bahrain – 17th September 2022
  • Round 2 – 4 Hours of Monza, Italy – 8th October 2022
  • Round 3 – 6 Hours of Spa, Belgium – 5th November 5 2022
  • Round 4 – 500 Miles of Sebring, USA – 3rd December 2022
  • Round 5 – 24 Hours of Le Mans Virtual – 14th-15th January 2023

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