24 Hours of Le Mans: Practice, qualifying, warm-up and race all condensed in four-day event in revised schedule

24 hours of Le Mans' organisers, who have not ruled out having to run the race behind closed doors, said they will give details about spectator access on 30 June.

Reuters June 18, 2020 18:19:00 IST
24 Hours of Le Mans: Practice, qualifying, warm-up and race all condensed in four-day event in revised schedule

The rescheduled 24 Hours of Le Mans in September will be condensed into a four-day timetable incorporating free practice, qualifying, warm-up and the race, organisers announced on Thursday.

In the past, practice and qualifying has started on the Wednesday before the race but the 2020 race has been postponed from June due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

24 Hours of Le Mans Practice qualifying warmup and race all condensed in fourday event in revised schedule

Revised schedule of a 62-car grid for 4 days of competition. Image courtesy: Twitter @24hoursoflemans

“This year’s extraordinary circumstances call for an extraordinary programme,” said the Automobile Club de l’Ouest in a statement.

“Well aware of the financial impact of the current situation on racing teams, the Automobile Club de l’Ouest was keen to ensure that their resources are not tied up over too long a period.”

The 62 cars will take to the Sarthe circuit in northwestern France on Thursday, 17 September, for practice and first qualifying with more practice and a 24-car ‘Hyperpole’ shoot-out on Friday before the 19-20 September race.

Organisers, who have not ruled out having to run the race behind closed doors, said they will give details about spectator access on 30 June.

The sportscar race, now in its 88th edition, was attended by 250,000 people in June 2019 with a large number coming from Britain.

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