Updated: Oct 5, 2021
Baguio boy, Iñigo Anton, was drafted by ex-Formula 1 driver, Alex Yoong, to join Axle Motorsports in the Virtual LE MANS series which is the world’s premier endurance esports championship and has a prize pool of $250,000.
After a successful stint and finishing 3rd overall in Season 6 of the E-Racing Grand Prix series, Baguio’s (Philippines) racing phenom proved to be one of the best sim racers in the Asia Pacific region. Anton, together with his teammates from Axle Motorsports, will be competing against top international sim racers and elite auto racing competitors such as Red Bull Racing, Porsche Motorsport, BMW Sim Racing, Ferrari Esports team, and Williams Esports. “I am so honored and excited to be part of Axle Motorsports and have the opportunity to compete with the world’s best sim racers and real world' racers such as ex-Formula 1 world champion Jenson Button, former F1 drivers Bruno Senna and Stoffel Vandoorne, Indy car 2021 championship leader Alex Palou and many more racing greats. It’s a dream come true for me and I will do my best,” said Anton.
The first four races in the Le Mans Virtual Series will be held online between September and December, with the 24 Hours of Le Mans Virtual taking place as the climax to the premier endurance esports championship. The finale will be a live televised event within the 2022 Autosport International motorsport show in Birmingham, UK on 15/16 January.
Anton has been working daily with Axle Sports race engineer Lip Tan Han to get up to speed and prepare for 3 to 6-hour stints of driving in all weather conditions. The first round of the series will be on September 26 at Imola where Anton will drive the Porsche GT3 RSR alongside Alister Yoong, Nabil Azlan, and Mikko Nassi in the GTE class for the endurance race.
"Following the real 24 Hours of Le Mans in August 2021, we are delighted to now launching the Le Mans Virtual Series which will include as its highlight the 24 Hours of Le Mans Virtual. The link between real-life motorsport and esports is now an essential element for our manufacturers and teams, and we all look forward to an excellent season of esports competition," said ACO President Pierre Fillon.
In case you also want to see racer Iñigo Anton do his thing in the real racetrack, you can watch him resume his local race campaign on October 16, 2021 in Clark International Speedway for the Toyota Gazoo Racing - Vios Cup Round 2 where for the moment he is leading the scorecards in the Sporting Class Category as an Obengers Racing Driver.
Some of the world's best-known and most renowned marques are giving their full backing to the Le Mans Virtual Series: Thrustmaster (official hardware partner), Rolex (official watch partner), Goodyear (official tire partner), Total Energies (official energy partner), Lego Technic (official engineering partner) and Algorand (official blockchain partner).