MOTOR SPORT: Alex Brundle is getting back behind the wheel of his car to take on the Le Mans 24 Hours race next month.

The King’s Lynn-born United Autosports racer will be racing an Oreca 07 LMP2 car but, from the comfort of a race simulator.

With coronavirus causing the normal event to be postponed, Brundle and co-drivers Filipe Albuquerque, Job van Uitert and Tom Gamble will take on a virtual race, which has been arranged by the ACO and FIA World Endurance Championship organisers to replace the real-life event on June 13-14. 

There will be a period of testing available to the drivers, with qualifying for Brundle’s LMP2 class beginning on Friday, June 12. The virtual 24-hour race starts the following day at 3pm French time on the rFactor 2 programme.

It will feature a mix of LMP2 and GTE cars, taking part in a real-life simulation of day and night racing, driver and tyre changes and refuelling, with cars able to suffer from damage and technical issues. 

The race will be broadcast live on both TV and online streaming platforms as well as the WEC/ACO and Motorsport Games digital platforms and the WEC app.

United Autosports team owner and managing director Richard Dean said: “The virtual Le Mans 24 Hours race is a great idea. 

“It gives teams the opportunity to keep sponsors engaged and our drivers something to look forward to and focus on during this worldwide break in motorsport. 

“Congratulations to the ACO for making even the selection process for the virtual race feel like the real thing.

“I’m sure Alex, Filipe, Job and Tom will do a good job for us. 

“I’m looking forward to seeing how our team gets on.”