The 2021 edition will take place in August

The 2021 edition will take place in August

Without much surprise, the organizers of the 24 Hours of Le Mans announced the postponement of the 2021 edition from June 12-13 to August 21-22, in order to give themselves every chance of welcoming the public, in strict compliance with the measures. sanitary facilities.

It was an open secret since the revelations of The team Wednesday, it is now official: the 2021 24 Hours of Le Mans will not take place on June 12 and 13, but on August 21 and 22. The organizers wish to give themselves as much time as possible to be able to welcome the public while respecting health instructions, and hope that these two additional months of margin compared to the coronavirus pandemic will make it possible to receive more people, knowing that according to The teamit would take at least 50,000 paying spectators so that the organizers do not lose money. “The Automobile Club de l’Ouest wanted to make this decision early in the season, in order to give maximum visibility to competitors, partners and spectators, as well as to maintain the current FIA WEC calendar. The dates of other races and events scheduled on the sporting calendar of the Le Mans circuit remain unchanged to date. The ACO is working with the organizers of the various events potentially impacted by this change of dates. For this edition which will see Hypercars compete on track for the first time, the ACO affirms its position: priority is given to spectators. All information relating to ticketing and the detailed format of the event will be communicated at the end of next April »specify the organizers.

The entry list known on Tuesday

Pierre Fillon, the president of the ACO, believes that this solution was the best, because he did not see himself organizing the legendary event behind closed doors for the second year in a row. “This decision, although difficult to make, is the most appropriate. We cannot imagine organizing the 24 Hours of Le Mans for the second year in a row without spectators. It is then our duty to do everything possible to achieve this essential objective while guaranteeing competitors visibility throughout the season. We work tirelessly to offer a safe event, providing the necessary and essential health guarantees. The show promises to be thrilling on the track, with the arrival of the new Hypercar category,” he explains. The entry list will be revealed next Tuesday.

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