The 24 Hours of Le Mans has been pushed back from June 12-13 to August 21-22 in a bid to get spectators into the stands.
Last year’s event was held without spectators but race organizers Automobile Club de l’Ouest (ACO) are trying to avoid a second year in a row without fans. France is currently in the midst of a COVID-19 lockdown and organizers are hopeful that the situation will improve enough by August that crowds will be able to gather at the world’s most famous endurance race.
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“Although it was a tough decision to make, it is the right one,” ACO president Pierre Fillon said in a statement. “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.”
This year’s event will mark the 89th running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans as well as the introduction of the new Hypercar class, which replaces the LMP1. Teams competing in the top-tier class will be Toyota, Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus and Alpine. ByKolles Racing is also expected to join the championship at some stage while Peugeot has committed to a 2022 entry and Ferrari will follow in 2023.