Ross Gunn qualifies for Le Mans Esports race at 2019 Autosport Show

Aston Martin factory driver Ross Gunn was among the qualifiers for the latest Le Mans Esports Series qualifying race at the 2019 Autosport International Show

Ross Gunn qualifies for Le Mans Esports race at 2019 Autosport Show

Gunn along with Forza specialist Tobin Leigh, set their times on the Saturday of the popular annual motorsport show.

They will join 10 pre-qualified gamers for the main race on Sunday - the winner of which will book their place in the LMES Super Final.

The Super Final will take place alongside the 2019 Le Mans 24 hours, with a prize fund of $160,000 as well as a place on the real-life podium.

Leigh, who made a last-minute decision to come to the show, was the fastest of the ASI attendees and lapped Brands Hatch in 1m24.588s in an Aston Martin GT3 car.

That was over a second quicker than Aston Martin factory driver Gunn - who may be forced to miss tomorrow's race due to real-life racing commitments.

"It's certainly up there with my sim racing highlights," Leigh told Autosport. "To take one step closer to racing at Le Mans feels pretty special."

The duo join 10 drivers led by LMES points leader Shaun Arnold, who will start from pole position ahead of two Williams drivers Gary Mitchell and Isaac Price.

Arnold is already qualified for the Super Final, having won two of the opening three qualifying events.

However, he still has his share of the $10,000 prize pot for Sunday's race to fight for.

The two-hour race will be run on Sunday midday at the show, with a livestream available for those unable to attend here.

shares
comments
Race of Champions announces 2019 eROC finalists including F1 winner
Previous article

Race of Champions announces 2019 eROC finalists including F1 winner

Next article

Autosport Show: Arnold wins Le Mans Esports race, Leigh makes final

Autosport Show: Arnold wins Le Mans Esports race, Leigh makes final
Load comments
Analysis: How an unlikely tie-up won sim racing's biggest race Plus

Analysis: How an unlikely tie-up won sim racing's biggest race

An unlikely partnership between LMP1 privateer Rebellion Racing and Williams Formula 1's successful sim racing team yielded victory in the inaugural 24 Hours of Le Mans Virtual. Here's how it triumphed in the biggest sim race ever staged

Esports
Jun 15, 2020
How poor driving standards ruined IndyCar's golden opportunity Plus

How poor driving standards ruined IndyCar's golden opportunity

The chaotic end to the virtual Indy 175 might be dismissed as "just a game," but the insulting actions of two IndyCar stars may have serious real-life consequences

Esports
May 3, 2020
Why Leclerc's Virtual GP annihilation deserves great credit Plus

Why Leclerc's Virtual GP annihilation deserves great credit

The introduction of Charles Leclerc, Alex Albon, George Russell and Antonio Giovinazzi to Formula 1's Virtual GP last weekend meant it was a step above the franchise's debut two weeks ago. But a dominant performance from Esports newcomer Leclerc stole the show

Esports
Apr 6, 2020
How the hidden side of being fast has been exposed Plus

How the hidden side of being fast has been exposed

'Natural talent' is one of the biggest misnomers going in motorsport, and that is being proven by the way real life racers aren't immediately getting on the pace with the sim racing experts in virtual contests. To change that, they are having to apply the same tools required to be quick in real life

Esports
Apr 2, 2020
Why F1’s pantomime Virtual GP is fun but unsustainable Plus

Why F1’s pantomime Virtual GP is fun but unsustainable

F1 Esports' inaugural Virtual Grand Prix last weekend provided brilliant entertainment to those tuning in to watch a mix of F1 drivers and celebrities battle on track, but was a missed opportunity for marketing its own Esports stars. A change of approach is needed if it is to successfully fill the void until the resumption of proper racing

Esports
Mar 24, 2020
The latest Red Bull exile to return in Esports Plus

The latest Red Bull exile to return in Esports

Since he was ejected from the programme at the end of 2006, the latest Red Bull junior driver brought back into the fold to race in Formula 1 - in a virtual sense for the inaugural Virtual GP - has had quite the career journey. From ADAC GT Masters and Porsche Supercup to Le Mans and the DTM, here's how a works pro got to relive a long-forgotten dream

Esports
Mar 24, 2020
Mercedes can be toppled in F1's other title race Plus

Mercedes can be toppled in F1's other title race

Mercedes has not only set new standards in Formula 1, but it's also created a benchmark in Esports. Now its rivals have scrambled to catch up, there's a chance the Brendon Leigh-fronted Mercedes can be stopped

Esports
Sep 10, 2019
Why World's Fastest Gamer is returning to real-world racing Plus

Why World's Fastest Gamer is returning to real-world racing

World's Fastest Gamer is a spiritual successor to the famous GT Academy. After a successful first year, it's returning to the Nissan programme's roots by targeting the real world of racing

Esports
Jul 31, 2019