Initially, pole sitter and #23 Porsche Coanda driver Joshua Rogers coated the within line aggressively right down to La Supply, holding off this season’s Porsche TAG Heuer Esports Supercup champion Diogo Pinto within the #2 Crew Redline entry.
This left a transparent outdoors line for Jernej Simončič within the championship-leading #4 Floyd Vanwall-Burst to take second place within the early working.
In GTE, it was a BMW one-two on the grid, and after the rolling begin, it remained the identical producer order however not group. Kevin Siggy nonetheless led, however Alen Terzic for BMW Crew BS+Compeition slipped behind Mahle Racing’s Muhammed Patel.
Moritz Löhner within the #11 Undertaking 1 by Dörr Esports Porsche tried a daring effort across the outdoors of the primary nook however slipped down into fourth.
Simply two laps right into a six-hour race, by way of Eau Rouge and Raidillon, Terzic and Löhner collided. The BMW was impeded, shedding momentum, whereas the Porsche went for a dramatic spin in entrance of the chasing pack. By way of blind luck, an enormous shunt was prevented. Nevertheless, the Porsche emerged from the melee in final.
As the primary hour progressed, in LMP, Pinto made a transfer on Simončič for second general, however within the course of made slight contact. It created a spot for Mitchell deJong to additionally squeeze by way of, the #20 Porsche Coanda driver would then overtake the Redline automobile to make it Stuttgart automobiles within the high two positions.
Former Method 1 driver and present IndyCar competitor Romain Grosjean accomplished a gradual stint within the #18 R8G Esports Oreca – unscathed after a fierce battle with ARC Bratislava driver Erik Vizi.
As midway approached, Porsche Coanda was nonetheless heading the sector, with Redline line astern in third and fourth. One of the best of the remaining was AMG Crew Petronas following a stirring stint by Autosport Esports Driver of the 12 months nominee James Baldwin.
In GTE, it was BMW Redline domination, with Siggy and team-mates Chris Lulham and Enzo Bonito disappearing into the gap. Behind sat the Aston Martin Vantage of Prodrive FYRA Esport, as soon as once more rising by way of the ranks right into a strong podium place – identical to at Monza.
Two-time F1 world champion Max Verstappen joined the sector with over three hours remaining, behind the wheel of the then fourth-placed #1 Crew Redline entry.
In a dramatic stint, he first narrowly prevented catastrophe, as forward, third-placed colleague Luke Bennett collided with the GTE BS+Competitors BMW of Ferris Stanley. The erstwhile second-placed squad copped a drivethrough penalty for the incident, which noticed them plummet to tenth. It additionally meant Verstappen was now on the rostrum.
Nevertheless, a lapped GTE Ferrari was a possible fly within the ointment. As Verstappen ran side-by-side by way of Eau Rouge, there was contact and the F1 champion speared off the monitor, making gentle contact with the barrier. He was capable of proceed, however Graham Carroll’s AMG Petronas machine was now in third.
With the GT-based class unfold out amongst the highest three, a lot of the main target was on a battle for fifth between Alex Siebel within the Oracle Crimson Bull Racing Porsche and the R8G Esports Ferrari pushed by FIA Method 3 race winner Alexander Smolyar.
Risto Kappet and Dennis Jordan would resume the duel n the latter levels, the vitality drink producer prevailing over Grojean’s eponymous group.
Heading into the ultimate hour, the #20 Porsche Coanda was nonetheless up entrance. However questions remained about its technique. The #1 Crew Redline and #63 AMG Crew Petronas Esports automobiles might full 19-20 lap stints, whereas each the #23 and #20 Porsche Coanda automobiles would drive flat-out for simply 18 laps.
With just below 40 minutes to go, the #63 and #1 automobiles made their last stops. Coanda’s plan of working shorter, flat-out stints was seemingly the flawed one, however the main #23 automobile nonetheless had a sizeable 70s hole to the AMG Petronas of Baldwin in third.
With 26 minutes to go, the #23 pitted, rising 20s behind the AMG automobile and 10s behind the #1 Redline automobile. The #20 boxed with 20 minutes to go, gifting the AMG Petronas squad a lead they’d not relinquish.
On the chequered flag, the hole to the #1 Crew Redline automobile was simply 7.8s, with Verstappen’s earlier GTE tangle probably costing the Dutchman and his group victory. Nevertheless, it was the Coanda Porsche group that was left ruing its technique, the Weissach-based producer falling in need of the win within the last laps.
Because it turned out, Coanda would fail even to make the rostrum, as Erhan Jajovski within the #8 R8G Esports – combating again after an earlier drivethrough penalty – prevailed in a bruising battle with Mack Bakkum.
The winners, Baldwin, Huis and Carrol, had pushed a faultless race, considerably bettering their eighth-place end from the earlier spherical at Monza.
There was some comfort for the #1 Redline automobile in the long run, as they now snatch the lead within the general LMP standings as we head in direction of the fourth spherical of the 2022-23 Digital Le Mans Collection.
Its stablemate in GTE, the #71 BMW, additionally heads to the highest of the championship because of its race-winning efficiency – main from begin to end forward of Prodrive FYRA Esport and the #77 Proton Coanda Esports Porsche of Dayne Warren, Charlie Collins and Paschalis Gkergkis.
The following spherical of the Le Mans Digital Collection is the 4 Hours of Sebring, third December 2022.
Le Mans Digital Collection, 6 Hours of Spa LMP Outcomes
- James Baldwin, Bono Huis, Graham Carroll – #63 AMG Crew Petronas Esports – 171 laps
- Max Verstappen, Jeffrey Rietveld, Maximilian Benecke – #1 Crew Redline +7.836s
- Jiri Toman, Erhan Jajovski, Marcell Csincsik – #8 R8G ESPORTS + 27.580s
- Joshua Rogers, Mack Bakkum, Martin Krönke – #23 Porsche Coand +27.709s
- Zac Campbell, Tommy Østgaard, Mitchell deJong – #20 Porsche Coanda +29.760s
Le Mans Digital Collection, 6 Hours of Spa GTE Outcomes
- Chris Lulham, Kevin Siggy, Enzo Bonito – #71 BMW Crew Redline BMW M8 GTE -155 laps
- Lasse Sørensen, Lasse Bak, Mikkel Gade – #95 Prodrive FYRA Esport Aston Martin Vantage GTE +25.900s
- Dayne Warren, Charlie Collins, Paschalis Gkergkis – #77 Proton Coanda Esports Porsche 911 RSR GTE +1:07.444
- Nicklas Nielsen, Kasper Stoltze, Christian Michel – #5 SF Velas Esports Crew Ferrari 488 GTE +1:20.088
- Michele D’Alessandro, Muhammed Patel, Eros Masciulli – #10 MAHLE Racing Crew BMW M8 GTE +1:20.813