LE MANS ESPORTS SERIES ANNOUNCES SEASON 2 WITH A FRESH APPROACH
31st October 2019 (14:00 BST) The Le Mans Esports Series today confirms that the successful championship will return for a new season in 2019/2020, with an increased total prize fund of $200,000. The series, a joint venture between the Automobile Club de l’Ouest, FIA World Endurance Championship and Motorsport Network, succeeded in engaging over 215,000 live viewers and 6.4 million social media impressions at last season’s “Super Final” at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in June 2019.
Season 2 will continue to attract gamers from around the world with an innovative format that caters to competitors from both professional and enthusiast backgrounds. There will be both a “Pro” Team qualification championship and a “Pro-Am” championship for individuals to earn their place on the grid in June 2020 for the Super Final. The season’s racing will continue to take place on Forza Motorsport 7, available on PC and Xbox One. The announcement trailer can be viewed here.
The season-ending Super Final promises to be the largest ever professional racing esports LAN event held at a race track, with over 50 drivers participating in person from Circuit de la Sarthe. The whole event, plus the Pro Qualification Series will be broadcast live across YouTube, Facebook and Twitch TV.
- The Pro Team Qualification Series will have an application period open from 31st October 2019 to 7th November 2019. During this time, teams will be invited to apply for a space on the grid with 3 drivers per team that will compete over 5 online rounds and win a place at the Super Final, taking place at the 24 Hours of Le Mans weekend in June 2020. The qualification series will have $50,000 of the prize fund reserved for this online competition.
- The Pro-Am Qualification competition will be open to all and will consist of 6 qualification hot lap rounds to find 18 “Pro” drivers and the 9 “Amateur” drivers. These will be found with competitions held at the Autosport International Show in Birmingham and select World Endurance Championship rounds.
Gérard Neveu, FIA WEC CEO said, “After a positive start to the Le Mans Esports Series, and an excellent Super Final at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in June this year, we are all looking forward to the start of Season 2. We are passionate about bringing motorsport, and especially endurance racing, to life for both our competitors and viewing audiences. We believe that the innovative and exciting new format, the increased prize fund and, of course, another Super Final at one of the world’s biggest motorsport events will take esports to the next level.”
Stephen Hood from Motorsport Network said, "The second season of what is undoubtedly the most prestigious motorsports esports series on the calendar is something we at Motorsport Network are proud to be leading. The opening season was a huge success and we cannot wait to welcome the community into what we think will be an even more exciting journey to Le Mans"
The full sporting regulations, terms and conditions and series schedule are available at www.lemansesports.com.