The 24 Hours of Le Mans canceled and rescheduled

The 24 Hours of Le Mans canceled and rescheduled

Like Roland-Garros, the 24 Hours of Le Mans is moving from June to September in the face of the threat of the coronavirus.

Organizer of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the Automobile Club de l’Ouest (ACO) announced this Wednesday the postponement of the 2020 edition, initially scheduled for June 13 and 14. Like the French Open tennis tournament, the flagship automobile endurance event has been postponed to the end of September, the weekend of September 19 and 20 to be precise.

A decision which was hardly in doubt after the postponement, already, of the 24 Hours of Le Mans motorcycle (scheduled for April 18 and 19) to September 5 and 6. This is the third time in its history that the legendary event has been impacted in this way. In 1936, it was completely canceled after a dark year for the auto industry. In 1968, the famous events of May forced the organizers to postpone the event until September. Finally, the event was naturally suspended between 1940 and 1948 due to the consequences of the Second World War.

The 2020-2021 season turned upside down?

The 2019-2020 World Endurance Championship (WEC) could not be more affected by the covid-19 crisis. The 1000 miles of Sebring (March 21-22) have already been canceled; the 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps (April 25-26) could also be. At this stage, only the postponement of the 24 Hours of Le Mans has been recorded to judge the entire season. On a date which promises to shake up the calendar for the 2020-2021 financial year since the first round of the next championship was scheduled to take place at Silverstone on September 5…

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