Round 4 of the Logitech G Championship Series took our Project CARS Esports drivers to Le Mans during the weekend of the 24 Hours. For many of our top teams, this was a French homecoming, with many of them hailing from France including the likes of SDL Motorsport, Team Shark Racing, BAM and many others.
As Round 4 took place alongside the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the pilots were tasked with the ultimate challenge in sportscar racing, driving an LMP1 hybrid. This time, it was the race-winning 2014 Audi R18 e-tron Quattro. The R18 is a monster, boasting huge downforce levels, massive power and only weighing 900kg. LMP1 cars have more in common with Formula A than they do with sportscars, so we expected many of our top open-wheel drivers to shine in this tin-top.
As the LGCS is a time attack series, we selected the shorter Bugatti Circuit at Le Mans for this event, rather than the enormous Circuit de la Sarthe. The Bugatti layout is a more technical circuit, focused on high and medium speed corners rather than the long straights of la Sarthe. This calls for the teams to find a well-balanced setup to keep their cars stable in the high speed chicanes and long, sweeping curves, whilst not compromising the slower corners at turns 2, 6 and 11.
Continue reading to find out which of our drivers mastered this week's event...
It was a more difficult week for Team Shark and Unity. Team Shark’s top finisher this week was Racer in seventh place, whilst Unity’s top driver at Le Mans was SmOkKy in twelfth. That said, both teams still brought home some solid points, with several drivers scoring for each, so they are still right in the fight at the top of the championship in second and third.
In the drivers’ standings, Team Shark’s Atho maintains his lead at the top, though PSFRacing’s Fab has cut the gap down to just three points. Rotax’s first win of the season also brings him into play in the leading battle, just five points behind Fab. Unity’s SmOkKy and SDL’s Mihalo round out the top 5.
In the PC Division we saw a familiar looking podium, but there was a new driver on the top of it. Masa took his first win of the season for SDL Motorsport. After a solid start to the season, it was a great way for him to bounce back after the disappointment of finishing off the podium in fifth in Round 3.
Masa’s SDL teammate, Mangator came second to continue his astounding record of not finishing lower than second in the LGCS this season. Privateer driver, FinPro also kept up his great record of scoring a podium in every Round of 2016, taking another third place finish. Yoohan came fourth for SDL, followed by Coyote Online Racing’s claytonssv in fifth.
SDL Motorsport is continuing to show amazing consistency in the LGCS PC Division, with the other teams finding it a big challenge to break into the podium places. SDL has a big lead now at the top of the team standings, but the battle for the drivers’ title remains incredibly tight. Mangator leads FinPro by only 25 points, with Masa just three behind them in third. It seems that we can look forward to a huge battle all season long as these three drivers continue to trade blows each week.
FULL RESULTS for this Round and the season so far are available at the Series page.