After a moist qualifying, the place Jernej Simoncic put the championship-leading #4 Floyd ByKolles-Burst LMP automobile on pole place, team-mate Jesper Pedersen took the reins for the race begin.
In GTE, the #92 Porsche Esports Crew entry headed the sphere after Joshua Rogers put in a qualifying lap simply 41.68 seconds behind the quickest LMP time and in addition took to the wheel for the opening stint.
Mercifully, the situations had been dry because the 38-car grid charged all the way down to the primary nook on the Grand Prix Circuit, earlier than heading onto the Nordschleife – the place overtaking and lapped visitors had been the first issues forward of the occasion.
Marcell Csincsik within the #22 GPX Rebel Williams took the initiative at the beginning, snatching the lead throughout a comparatively well-behaved opening section, whereas in GTE the main #92 Porsche stored first place and its #91 squad-member slotted into second.
Within the mid-pack, 4 GTE entrants visited the gravel at flip one, however all had been in a position to proceed. The #89 BMW Crew BS+COMPETITION automobile pushed by Porsche Supercup race winner Laurin Heinrich ended up behind the sphere. Later across the lap, Gustas Grinbergas within the #66 SIMMSA Esports Ferrari hit the barrier at Aremberg.
On the finish of the primary lap, Pedersen made his transfer to retake the lead from Csincsik at Flip 1. As soon as 4 laps had been accomplished, a number of LMP automobiles pitted, together with chief Pedersen, whereas these shut behind selected to increase their stints.
Drama unfurled close to the 30-minute mark when Csincsik span at Wippermann permitting Jeffrey Rietveld by right into a web second and Erhan Jajovski into third – however not with no lurid slide. As soon as everybody had visited the pitlane, Pedersen remained forward.
The lead was short-lived, nonetheless, as Crew Redline began marching ahead with a way of inevitability. From fifth on the grid, Formula Pro Series champion Bono Huis took the #123 to first after a duel that lasted seven corners.
Enjoyable and video games had been being had within the GTE pack, specifically down the slipstream-inducing Dottinger Hohe. Martin Hemmingsen within the #888 TESLA R8G Esports BMW got here to grief, spearing into the limitations after side-by-side contact with the #55 BMW Crew GB automobile pushed by Jack Keithley, however was in a position to swiftly recuperate.
The primary GTE pitstops occurred on the finish of lap six, aside from the #71, #51 and #888 entries who stayed out for one further lap with clear air round them. Then, because the second stint started, the #91 Porsche of Mitchell deJong made an early second go to to the pitlane.
With an hour accomplished, the visitors began, because the LMP leaders caught the GTE class. The primary sufferer of the tight confines and apparent velocity differential was Tom Lartilleux within the #14 Race Clutch Alpine, who made contact with Pero Stoyanov Peev within the #57 Crew Mission 1 x BPM Porsche and cannoned into the limitations at Galgenkopf.
Following this, the sphere witnessed an unlucky spate of pink flags. As motorsport guidelines dictate, all automobiles visited the pits, any injury was repaired and gasoline tanks topped up – some groups even swapped drivers. After security automobile and formation laps, the rolling begin acquired the occasion shifting once more with just below 5 hours left on the clock.
The #123 Crew Redline entry was down the sphere, having pitted from the lead earlier than the pink flag. That meant the #4 Floyd ByKolles-Burst automobile was again in entrance, however with Simoncic now on the helm. Rietveld within the #70 regarded to have a connection problem and dropped out of second earlier than the restart.
The stoppages additionally allowed for the #44 ARC Bratislava, who missed the race begin of the race because of web connection challenges, to affix the sphere behind the grid – albeit 9 laps behind.
On the restart, the #10 MAHLE RACING TEAM car was tipped right into a spin. Unsighted, Muhammed Patel tried reversing from the scene, however moved straight into the trail of the main GTE #Proton Competitors Porsche, which was fortunately unhurt.
A catastrophe for the GTE championship-leading #91 Porsche occurred as we approached half-distance, with Mack Bakkum climbing up the limitations at Mutkurve, forcing a go to to the pits. In the meantime, Keithley within the #55 was having a storming drive, making calculated overtaking manoeuvres to make it into third.
Because the race progressed into the ultimate 4 hours, the pink flag was to strike once more because of technical difficulties, and after a interval of session, race director Eduardo Freitas referred to as the race full.
That meant the #123 Crew Redline Racing automobile pushed by Huis, Felix Rosenqvist and Collin Spork – that had fought its approach to the lead, then been pushed again within the first pink flag earlier than opting to pit on reverse laps to each different LMP entrant – gained the race after countback, forward of the #4 Floyd ByKolles-Burst LMP of Simoncic, Pedersen and Tom Dillmann.
The #966 Crew Fordzilla automobile of Rafel Lobato, Nuno Pinto and Pablo Lopez Padin completed in third, the strongest displaying but by the workforce.
In GTE, victory went to the #888 TESLA R8G Esports BMW of Hemmingsen, Alex Smolyar and Timotej Andonovski, recovering after their earlier tour. Purple Bull Racing Esports within the #111 Corvette completed second with Cem Bolukbaşı, Yuri Kasdorp and Nestor Garcia and third fell to the #88 Proton Competitors Porsche pushed by Dayne Warren, Charlie Collins and Dylan Pereira.
Given greater than two laps had been accomplished and not more than 75% of the race distance, half factors had been awarded. Any excellent penalties had been transformed to time and are mirrored within the remaining outcomes.
The following spherical of the Virtual Le Mans Series is the Sebring 500, 18th December 2021.
LMP Le Mans Digital Collection, Spherical 3, Nürburgring outcomes*
- #123 Crew Redline – Felix Rosenqvist, Bono Huis, Collin Spork
- #4 Floyd ByKolles-Burst – Tom Dillmann, Jesper Pedersen, Jernej Simoncic
- #996 Crew Fordzilla – Rafel Lobato, Nuno Pinto and Pablo Lopez Padin
- #14 Race Clutch Alpine – Paul-Adrien Pallot, Tom Lartilleux, Rory MacDuff
- #8 R8G Esports – Gordon Mutch, Erhan Jajovski, Hany Alsabti
*Outcomes stay provisional till confirmed in any other case
GTE Le Mans Digital Collection, Spherical 3, Nürburgring outcomes*
- #888 TESLA R8G Esports – Alex Smolyar, Timotej Andonovski, Martin Hemmingsen
- #111 Purple Bull Racing Esports – Cem Bolukbaşı, Yuri Kasdorp, Nestor Garcia
- #88 Proton Competitors – Dylan Pereira, Charlie Collins, Dayne Warren
- #71 BMW Crew Redline – Rudy van Buren, Enzo Bonito, Kevin Siggy
- #89 BMW Crew BS+COMPETITION – Laurin Heinrich, Alen Terzic, Joonas Raivio
*Outcomes stay provisional till confirmed in any other case