The Covid-19 pandemic will have got the better of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, at least on the scheduled date. Until then scheduled for the weekend of June 12 and 13, the event will finally take place on August 21 and 22, 2021.
The Automobile Club de l’Ouest has just announced it: the 24 Hours of Le Mans will not take place in June. Initially, the most famous endurance race in the world was to take place in mid-June, the weekend of 12 and 13. But the 89th edition of the 24 Hours will have to wait a few more months and hope that the Covid-19 epidemic calms down a bit in the meantime. Taking into account the spectator gauges imposed by the Public Authorities, the pilots and teams from all over the world will not be able to compete in the race on the scheduled date.
For the organizers, the presence of spectator is compulsory. The current limit does not suit them. Ideally, the ACO would like the Sarthoise event to bring together some 50,000 motorsport fans. There is still the arrival of the new “Le Mans Hypercar” category to celebrate. Especially since the previous year must have already taken place behind closed doors.
“We want spectators”
It is true, motorsport is experienced by several people, but the sanitary conditions do not allow it yet. The organizers want the 24 Hours of Le Mans to follow in the footsteps of the best editions. “This decision is the most appropriate. We can’t imagine organizing the 24 Hours of Le Mans without spectators for the second year in a row. It is therefore our duty to do everything possible to achieve this essential objective while guaranteeing competitors visibility throughout the season. “, specifies Pierre Fillon, president of the Automobile Club de l’Ouest.
Let’s hope that this date change will benefit the Le Mans event and that Motorsport with a capital S can allow us to experience more great emotions.