Late driver changes for three cars, two LMPs from Williams Esports and the single Red Bull Racing Esports Porsche, have been enacted for the 2023 24 Hours of Le Mans Virtual.
Williams Esports and Red Bull Racing Esports have both revised their driver line-ups for the 24 Hours of Le Mans Virtual according to an updated entry list published today.
The professional sim racing drivers of Jack Keithley and Petar Brljak remain in the #5 Williams Esports with 2017 British GT GT4 champion and 2023 Barwell Motorsport Lamborghini GT3 British GT driver William Tregurtha.
But 2021 Super TC2000 touring car champion Agustin Canapino has now moved to the team’s second car, the #53 AMG Team Williams Esports LMP. This is to replace the current GT World Challenge Europe Endurance Cup and ADAC GT Masters champion Raffaele Marciello.
Canapino will race alongside Walkenhorst GT-driver Sami-Matti Trogen and 2020 24 Hours of Le Mans Virtual winners Jakub Brzezinski and Nikodem Wisniewski.
In Canapino’s place in the #5 is Italian Tommaso Mosca, who raced in the 2022 Fanatec GT World Challenge Europe Cup Silver for the AMG-powered AKKodis ASP Team.
The absence of Maricello and subsequent late driver swaps has led to a drivethrough penalty for both Williams Esports cars to be taken during the 24 Hours of Le Mans Virtual.
Also with a drive-through for a late line-up change is the Oracle Red Bull Racing Porsche, currently second in the GTE points standings. With Dennis Lind and Ayumu Iwasa now no longer able to compete, professional sim racing driver Yuri Kasdorp took to social media in an attempt to secure its line-up.
Replacements have now been found in the form of 2022 GT World Challenge Europe Sprint Cup Silver Cup runner-up for AKKodis ASP Casper Stevenson and IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship GTD competitor Jaden Conwright. They will join Kasdorp and Dennis Jordan.
Like the Williams Esports entries, the Red Bull Racing Esports team will now have a drivethrough penalty for a late driver change to serve in the race.
The 24 Hours of Le Mans Virtual takes place 14th January 2023-15th of January 2023.
Qualifying is on Friday 13th January at 6 pm GMT / 7 pm CET / 10 am PT / 1 pm PT.
The Race starts on Saturday 14th January at 1 pm GMT / 2 pm CET / 5 am ET / 8 am PT and will end 24 hours later on Sunday 15th January.
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