The 24 Hours of Le Mans will run to a streamlined schedule due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The new dates have been set from Thursday 17 September to Sunday 20 September, with 60 competitors battling it out on the iconic 13.626-km Circuit de la Sarthe.
The line-up includes Toyota Gazoo Racing, who will be aiming for a third straight win in LMP1 while in the LMGTE Pro class, there will be another three-way battle between Ferrari, Porsche and Aston Martin. The race will also go down in history as the final Le Mans appearance of the LMP1 Hybrid prototypes – they will bow out and make way for the Le Mans Hypercars in 2021.
The schedule for this year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans is also a bit different.
• 11 hours of free practice, over Thursday and Friday
• A brand-new sequence – the Hyperpole qualifier, a demonstration of sheer speed bringing together the 24 fastest cars (six from each class) for 30 minutes on Friday
• A 15-minute warm-up on Saturday morning
• The race itself, which will start at 14:30 with more driving in the dark than usual.
These four action-packed days will also include the Road to Le Mans and Porsche Carrera Cup events.