Veloce Esports to make competitive sim-racing return at 24 Hours of Le Mans Virtual
This weekend’s 24 Hours of Le Mans Virtual (15/16 January 2022) will mark the long-awaited return of Veloce Esports in the competitive sim-racing space, after a two-year hiatus to focus on content creation and expanding its online presence.
There is arguably no better place for the London-based squad to make its return to virtual competition than around the iconic Circuit de la Sarthe, racing against the crème de la crème of motorsport stars – both virtual and real-world – most notably with newly-crowned Formula 1 World Champion Max Verstappen.
Similarly, Veloce’s drivers comprise some of the greatest sim-racing talents. The team’s line-up conveys a statement of intent as it targets the top spot and the most coveted prize in virtual motorsport.
Leading the charge for Veloce Esports is James Baldwin. As former Le Mans Esports World Champion, World’s Fastest Gamer and British GT race winner, the 24-year-old’s credentials mean he is more than qualified to head up the team’s four-driver squad.
Baldwin will be joined by fellow pro driver Mike Epps who boasts wins and podiums across notable British championships such as VW Cup, Clip Cup, BTCC and Ginetta GT4 as well as winning The Race’s Le Mans Sim Masters event in 2020.
Eamonn Murphy and Isaac Gillissen complete the line-up with a 2020 SimGrid Endurance Cup championship and a 2019 Logitech G Challenge European and World championship on their respective résumés.
The combination of a highly skilled team of racers coupled with Veloce’s wealth of experience and knowledge of the esports industry is sure to produce a competitive package that will see Veloce vying for overall honours.
James Baldwin, Driver, Veloce Esports said: “I’m really excited to be heading back to Le Mans Virtual. I’ve had some great results in the past at this track and now to be competing for Veloce is going to be a very rewarding experience.
“The competition is as strong as ever this year so we’re going to have to pull out all the stops to get the result we’re after, but the team Veloce have put together is definitely going to be up to the challenge!”
Cam Royal, Team Principal, Veloce Esports added: “We have ambitions to create the best sim-racing team and environment in the world and our long-awaited return to esports competitions is the first step of this plan.
“We want to be first in class proving ourselves at one of the most prestigious esports events in the world, while combining our passion for content with our experience for team and brand operations.”