Canada’s Multimatic Headed to Virtual Le Mans
Canadian-based Multimatic Motorsports will be competing in the “24 hours of Le Mans” set to start on June 13.
Multimatic Motorsports, from Canada, has secured one of the 50 coveted places on the entry list for the 2020 24 Hours of Le Mans Virtual, organized by the ACO, FIA WEC and Motorsport Games.
With the real Le Mans postponed until September, the virtual race will take the traditional mid-June slot, getting underway on Saturday, June 13 at 15:00 hrs CET.
Multimatic Motorsports has partnered with top Esports team, Zansho Simsport, for this race and the driver line-up for the “Multimatic-Zansho” LMP2 car will be a combination of real racers and sim racers.
Multimatic will be represented by Andy Priaulx and Seb Priaulx. Andy is a Le Mans veteran, racing there the past four years in the Ford GT program, run by Multimatic.
Seb, his son, is a match for his famous father in a simulator so the two are expected to be trading times throughout the 24-hour race.
Representing Zansho will be Mike Epps and Olivier Fortin. Epps has been successful in both the real and virtual racing worlds and is one of the fastest pro drivers in sim racing. French-Canadian Fortin has had much success in the Virtual Endurance Championship so all together Multimatic-Zansho has a strong driver line-up.
Since the outbreak of Covid-19 and the postponement of real racing schedules, Esports has taken racing into the virtual world and Multimatic’s drivers have been using this platform to stay behind the wheel in readiness for the return to racing.
Harry Tincknell is eager to get back behind the wheel of the Mazda RT24-P in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship but during the lockdown he has been busy racing in the IMSA iRacing Pro Series. Both he and Seb Priaulx campaign virtual Ford GTs and, with help from Multimatic’s engineers, have been working their way up through the rankings with each event.