Test Day not to be held for 24 Hours of Le Mans

ACO have confirmed the cancellation of the test day that is traditionally held in light of the 24 Hours of Le Mans at Circuit de la Sarthe.

Automobile Club de l’Ouest had released a modified schedule for the 24 Hours of Le Mans that is set to take place later this year on September 19-20.

The test day is traditionally held a fortnight prior to the race itself.

President of ACO, Pierre Fillon, issued a statement on the decision:

“We decided not to hold the 24 Hours of Le Mans test day this year. The reason is that competitors would have been overtaxed,” he said.

“As you know, the 24 Hours of Le Mans is now scheduled for 19–20 September,” away from the original June 13-14 date.

“The test is not as old as the race itself and has been skipped on several occasions,” he explained.

“Holding two major events (the other being 24H Motos) within three weeks of each other is already a challenge and we had to rethink our priorities.”

“The outcome was to sacrifice the test day.”

“We shall be holding free practice sessions during race week to allow time to test machines and for inexperienced drivers to familiarise themselves with the circuit.”

“We’ll announce the details in due course.”

Provisional schedule for 24 Hours of Le Mans
September 13-14 Administrative and technical checks (place to be confirmed)
September 16-17 Testing
September 19-20 Race
September 21 Post-race technical checks