It was 50 years ago on this same month when Porsche took the 24 Hours of Le Mans title with drivers Hans Hermann and Richard Atwood at the helm of the 917 KH race car. After 19 victories, the German sports car manufacturer once again takes the top step of the podium—albeit virtually at the Virtual 24 Hours of Le Mans.
Due to the coronavirus that has gripped the world over the last few months, events like Le Mans have been postponed. In the case of the endurance race, the motorsport event has been slated for September of this year. Still, racing did go on—online. Porsche fielded four 911 RSR cars with each one driven by two real racing drivers and two esports racers from the Coanda Simracing team.
It was the No. 88 car that bagged the trophy for Porsche with 20-year old Rogers in the driver’s seat to take the flag. He likewise clocked the fasterst lap at 3:48.203 minutes at exactly 6:15am on June 14, 2020. This after a consistent strong showing with drivers Tandy, Ostgaard, and Guvern taking turns at the wheel.
Unfortunately, it wasn’t all good for Porsche as the 92 911 RSR piloted by Jaxon Eavns, Mack Bakkum, and Jeremy Bouteloup experienced a server error an hour before the end of the race. Still, they managed to take 11th place overall.
With this, Porsche once again adds another feather to its racing cap at Le Mans. While it may be a virtual race, it is still a victory that will forever be part of its rich motorsport heritage.