Image Credit - Audi Press Office
Le Mans winning Audi prototypes (2000-2014)

This weekly update comes to you a little earlier as there is both real racing in Portimao and a virtual version of the Le Mans 24-hours in an attempt to temper that deep empty feeling that prevails amongst the passionate endurance motorsport fan. So in the news this past week –  

But first not news, Twenty years ago – 
Audi’s R8 race cars crossed the finish line of the Le Mans 24 Hours race in 1-2-3 formation. The Vorsprung durch Technik brand’s sports car racing programme ran for 18 years, during which time Audi won the epic endurance race 13 times – a 72 per cent success rate. Hence the tribute image this week. Read more here

Virtual Le Mans 24-hours
Much practice has gone on this past week, and should you have ventured on to Twitch you may have caught some rather blue language as real racers got to terms with the virtual equivalent. Its fundamentally a different discipline and as more than one has been quoted, the Pro-Real Drivers have become the Bronze Amateurs of the virtual world… Should lead to some spectaular racing/moments! Qualifying took place in a brief 20-min session and you can catch-up on that here.  The race commences at 1500cet and extensive coverage can be found online as well as Eurosport. Try YouTube and the following link v24-hours of Le Mans Live from 1430cet

For a taster of this event try a lap of the Circuit de la Sarthe onboard the #93 Porsche RSR of polesitters Rogers/Tandy/Güven/Ostgaard – here

InterEuroPol sign Matevos Isaakyan for ELMS 
The delayed start to the European Le Mans Series set for July has presented the opportunity for Inter Europol Competition to sign up Russian hotshoe Matevos Isaakyan to join Kuba Smiechowski and Rene Binder in the #34 Ligier LMP2. The trio will also share the car in the September run of the 2020 24 hours of Le Mans. Matevos Isaakyan stated, “I’m very excited to join #34 crew of Inter Europol Competition team for the 2020 ELMS season and 24h of Le Mans . I’m looking forward to be driving with, instead of against, my old competitors from the World Series, Rene and Kuba. I think we have a very strong crew and can’t wait to prove it on track.”

Creventic 24H Series – Portimao
The 24H SERIES powered by Hankook returns to real world racing in Portugal. The 90 minute qualifying did not disappoint in the Algarve as a modest but well formed field battled for starting positions. More details here
On-track action begins at 1200 local and will run uninterrupted until mid-day on Sunday 14th June.
Live streaming of the race in HD quality will be available on the official website and the 24H Series YouTube channel, along with commentary from radiolemans.com.

Upcoming Events – 

Finally further good news of the revival of the Real world with the return of The Nürburgring Long Distance Series (Formerly VLN) kick off on Saturday, June 27, 2020. No physical spectators, but live streams and high quality English language commentary can be expected once more. Further info here.