The 2020 edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans will run with a limited number of attendees as the ACO have suspended further ticket sales from June 29 2020.
The ACO (Automobile Club de l’Ouest) have said that the historic event will run with a “smaller crowd than usual” as they use the words ‘solidarity’ and ‘responsibility’ in the heart of the race’s coordination.
Those who have already booked the event, before June 29, will only be able to attend the event alongside any wishing members of the ACO club – an estimated 50-thousand spectators will attend the race.
The reason behind this concerns the evolving situation where government plans/rules looking at the gathering of large crowds at sports events are changing, as the event takes place later this September.
Furthermore, there would be difficulty through regulating the sanitary conditions (hygiene, social distancing etc.) when bringing a large audience at Le Mans; according to the ACO, the 2019 race had an attendance reaching approximately 252,500 people over the main weekend.
The current global health position has certain countries (like the UK and France) relaxing restrictions placed as the COVID-19 pandemic situation finds itself at less of a presence (in comparison to the previous months).
Pierre Fillon, President of the Automobile Club de l’Ouest (ACO – organisers of the LM 24H) said: “At the 24 Hours of Le Mans this year, solidarity and responsibility will be more than mere words.
“The principles form the foundation of an event that will celebrate togetherness and fraternity.
“We will be paying tribute to the heroes of the crisis and saluting the commitment of the members of our club, volunteers, teams, partners, institutions, media and fans – without whom this race could not take place and who have already made it a memorable occasion.
“We have always been at the forefront of technological innovation to improve safety and sustainable mobility.
“Responsibility is one of our founding principles.
“We are therefore sure that our loyal spectators will understand our position and support our decision.
“We will not be breaking any attendance records this year.
“However, all the magic of the race will remain intact and the spectator experience – trackside or from a distance – will remain world-class.”