The Le Mans Esports Series was launched at Silverstone on Saturday after being announced in June at the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
It will consist of a six-round championship of sim racing over the course of the FIA World Endurance Championship ‘Super Season’ and kicked off alongside the Six Hours of Silverstone this weekend.
The series is open to “amateurs, professionals and even total beginners” who can sign up for the first qualifying stage at lemansesports.com.
Played out on Forza Motorsport 7, irt will include rounds for the WEC races at Silverstone, Fuji, Shanghai, Sebring and Spa, as well as at January’s Autosport International show in Birmingham, before culminating in a finale at Le Mans in June.
Sim racing teams at the final will comprise three drivers representing America, Europe and Asia.
“The 2019 Le Mans 24 Hours will be outstanding!” said ACO President Pierre Fillon.
“Not only will our race be the culmination of the FIA World Endurance Championship Super Season, we will also be hosting the grand finale of the Le Mans Esports Series, which starts today at Silverstone.
“As 60 teams take part in the 87th edition of the world’s greatest endurance race, the twelve best simracer outfits will be competing in the final of the Le Mans Esports Series.
“Just like their counterparts out on track, the competitors will take turns at the wheel throughout the 24-hour race. I’m looking forward to playing host to this exciting new way of racing.”