This year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans race has been delayed until 21-22nd August later this Summer, the ACO governing body confirms.
After days of rumours, the Automobile Club l’Ouest (ACO), the FIA and the WEC has confirmed this postponement.
The race was originally scheduled for 12-13th June as the third round in the Season 9 FIA World Endurance Championship calendar (and will still take that place after Portimão and Spa).
Pierre Fillon, President of the ACO, said in a statement: “Although it was a tough decision to make, it is the right one.
“Holding the 24 Hours of Le Mans behind closed doors for the second year running would be unthinkable.”
As the first year for the Le Mans Hypercars, the organisers are keen to allow a limited number of spectators attend the historic event, just like last year which was held in September.
The new date will no longer clash with the Nurburgring 24 Hours and instead against IMSA’s Michelin GT Challenge At VIR (Virginia International Raceway).
A released statement states how “the ACO is working closely with the organisers of the various events that could be impacted by this change (new date in August).”
Fillon continued: “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.”
The provisional entry list for the 89th annual race will be revealed on 9th March, and details on the ticketing will be informed further at the end of April.
Editor’s Note: IMSA announced shortly afterwards, in light of this Le Mans news, that the Michelin GT Challenge at VIR and the Petit Le Mans were moved on the 2021 schedule. The former will now take place on October 9 and the latter season finale race on November 13.