If the return to normal is not yet planned for this year, however, we hope to get closer. This morning, the ACO provided more details on the program for the week.
« This 89 edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans promises to be incredible, underlines ACO President Pierre Fillon. The 62 cars entered for the event will benefit from a program adapted to the situation, facilitating the working conditions of the teams, while allowing the public to experience five intense days. I would like to thank the authorities, residents and businesses who allow us to use the circuit on an extended beach this year. The public will thus be able to experience an exceptional, incredibly dense event. »
This year there will be a Test Day, Sunday August 15. The two previous days will be devoted to administrative and technical checks. Organized, like last year, on the circuit and not in the city center as tradition dictates, they will be used for Test Day and for the race.
The first free practice session is scheduled for Wednesday August 18 at 2 p.m., the Hyperpole on Thursday between 9 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. and the start will be at 4 p.m., for a return to the traditional start time.
Four support races are also on the program. In addition to the two Road to Le Mans rounds (flagship round of the Michelin Le Mans Cup), a Porsche Sprint Challenge France race, two of the Endurance Racing Legends (cars that took part in Le Mans in the 90s and 2000s) and a 5 hour Fun Cup on Friday August 20.
Finally, in order to offer this exceptional program to the public, the Circuit des 24 Heures du Mans will be activated from Wednesday August 18 at 8 a.m. until Sunday evening, without interruption. This decision was taken in agreement with the Prefecture, local communities, residents’ associations and public authorities, in order to allow the holding of an event contributing to the tourist activity of the city, the department of the region. This innovative system, which among other things allows access to the ZAC du Cormier on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday the week of the event, is the result of open discussions from January with all stakeholders.
« The 24 Hours of Le Mans is the economic heart of the city, concludes Christophe Nail, the president of the Club d’Entreprises des Hunaudières. The ACO being strongly impacted by the current crisis, it was logical to do everything in our power to offer a new format for this international event. We are pleased that these constructive discussions have resulted in this agreement. »