Kuba Brzezinski stretched out Rebellion Williams Esport’s lead in the virtual 24 Hours of Le Mans to half a minute with two hours to go, after his car’s advantage was eroded by a red flag stoppage.
A server reset with four and a half hours remaining contracted the No. 1 Rebellion-Williams Oreca 07’s lead from almost two minutes to under 20 seconds, but sim racer Brzezinski increased the gap to second place after the race returned to green.
The Polish driver was aided by an entertaining battle behind him for second place between ByKolles Burst Esport and the No. 13 Rebellion-Williams entry.
ByKolles driver Jesper Pedersen moved up to second by drafting past Marc Gassner on the run out of Tertre Rouge, before Gassner made a terrific sweep round the outside Pedersen’s co-driver Jernej Simoncic at the high-speed kink before Indianapolis.
With two hours to go, Brzezinski – who has shared the No. 1 Rebellion with Raffaele Marciello, Norman Nato and Nikodem Wisniewski – was 33 seconds clear of Gassner with Simoncic a further two seconds back in third.
A lap down, Veloce Esports driver Isaac Gillissen made up places over Panis Racing’s Thibault Cazaubon and Isa Bin Abdulla Al-Khalifa from 2 Seas Motorsport after the restart.
Gillissen, who as fourth before pitting just before the 22-hour mark, is driving the No. 24 Oreca that also features Jean-Eric Vergne and Pierre Gasly.
In the GTE class, Porsche Esports Team’s No. 93 car driven by Josh Rogers, Tommy Ostgaard, Ayhancan Güven and Nick Tandy continued to assert its dominance.
The car that has led the race since the start of the seventh hour was almost three and a half minutes ahead of R8G Esports Team’s Chevrolet Corvette C7.R with two hours left.
The R8G car gained two minutes on the Porsche during the second red flag, but the gap went back out when Risto Kappet was pushed into the wall on the Mulsanne Straight by one of the works AF Corse Ferrari 488 GTEs.