Drama for Verstappen/Norris at Le Mans

Jamie Woodhouse
Max Verstappen and Lando Norris stage thrilling Esports battle.

Max Verstappen and Lando Norris lose Le Mans lead after technical issues.

The virtual 24 Hours of Le Mans is nearing its climax, and its safe to say Max Verstappen and Lando Norris have been in the thick of the action.

Overnight the #20 Team Redline drivers Verstappen and Norris were forced to retire from the event whilst leading due to a series of technical errors.

However, a red flag was shown towards the end of the fifth hour so server issues could be repaired.

That allowed Team Redline to rejoin the virtual race which is being held thanks to a collaboration between the World Endurance Championship, the Automobile Club de l’Ouest and Motorsport Games.

But they were 18 laps behind the leaders and in last place in the LMP class.

Leclerc is competing in the #52 AF Corse Ferrari alongside fellow F1 driver Antonio Giovinazzi, reigning F1 Esports champion David Tonizza and 2018 eRace of Champions winner Enzo Bonito.

Things haven’t been going smoothly for the Monegasque driver in the GTE class though in his Ferrari 488 GTE.

It was a nightmare second stint for Leclerc who spun out of P2 shortly after he left the pits.

A series of technical issues didn’t help and he sunk to last place before handing over to fellow F1 driver and team-mate for this event Antonio Giovinazzi.

There are just under three hours remaining in the race and you can follow all the action LIVE here.

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