Practically nothing on the planet has not been affected and disrupted (understandably) by the 2019 / 20 COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak – and the 24H Le Mans is no exception. Originally scheduled for the 13th and 14th of June 2020, the 88th 24 Hours of Le Mans has now been rescheduled to the 19th and 20th of September 2020. This decision comes with the culmination of government advice and Automobile Club de l’Ouest (the race organiser).
The 2020 Le Mans is but one of the major global sporting events affected by the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic. Upon the announcement of the postponement, the President of the Automobile Club de l’Ouest, Pierre Fillon, stated: “Postponing the 24 Hours of Le Mans from the original dates in June is now the most appropriate way forward in the current exceptional circumstances. First and foremost, I urge everyone to avoid putting themselves, their loved ones and others at risk. The most important thing today is to curtail the spread of this virus. Our thoughts go out to medical staff working relentlessly for the sake of us all . . . Competitors, sponsors, fans, media, medical services and organisers – it is time to pull together, more than ever before.”
Gérard Neveu, CEO of FIA WEC and ELMS, who also made the decision in conjunction with Automobile Club de l’Ouest also stated: “It is the right decision to delay in light of the current situation . . . We will come back to you in the coming days with more news for both the FIA World Endurance Championship and the European Le Mans Series.”
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