Le Mans 24 Hours postponed until August

WEC’s showpiece race moved from its traditional June slot for second year running.

Le Mans 24 Hours postponed until August

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  • Event moved to maximise chance of fan attendance
  • Remainder of WEC scheduled unaffected, with first two rounds to take place behind closed doors

The Le Mans 24 Hours has been postponed until August in the hope that fans will be able to attend the race.

Event organisers Automobile Club de l'Ouest (ACO) announced that the 89th edition of the event will now take place on 21st and 22nd August, instead of on 12th and 13th June as originally planned.

It marks the second year in a row that the World Endurance Championship’s (WEC) showpiece race has been moved due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Last year’s event was held behind closed doors in September.

"Although it was a tough decision to make, it is the right one," said ACO president Pierre Fillon.

"Holding the 24 Hours of Le Mans behind closed doors for the second year running would be unthinkable. We are therefore doing all we can to avoid that happening and to give competitors a clear view of the whole season.

"We are working very hard to put on a safe event, with all the necessary health precautions in place. This year’s race promises to be another thriller as the new Hypercar class makes its debut.”

The rest of the WEC calendar is set to remain the same, with the first two rounds of the championship in Portugal and Belgium to be held behind closed doors.

The first round of the 2021 WEC takes place on 4th April in Portimao.