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Richard Mille throws its support behind virtual running of Le Mans 24 hour race

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Live motor racing is close to resuming, most notably with the Formula 1 season opener confirmed to take place in Austria on July 5, but events in June, which includes the Le Mans 24 Hour race, have been cancelled.

However, racing fans will be able to indulge their passions with the next best thing to a live Le Mans by tuning into a virtual running of the race on June 13 and 14.

This esport edition gives the world’s luxury watchmakers and opportunity to raise their profiles with a potential audience of millions of Le Mans fans, and Richard Mille is not letting the chance slide.

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The Richard Mille Racing Team will participate in the LMP2 category with an all-women crew comprised of the three regular drivers: Katherine Legge, Tatiana Calderon, Sophia Floersch, and Australian native Emily Jones, widely considered the best SimRacer on the planet.

They will take turns, each on their simulator, at the wheel of the LMP2 Oreca prototype, which will feature a Richard Mille branded cardinal-red livery identical in every way to that of the real racing prototype.

The virtual race follows the standard format of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, with free practice and qualifying sessions to be held from 10 to 12 June.

The start will be given on June 13 at 3 pm and the entire event will be broadcast in full on digital platforms and those television channels that broadcast the WEC.

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