Automobile Club de l’Ouest has announced an updated schedule and entry list for the 2020 edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
The classic race is of course influenced by the COVID-19 situation, which has moved the race from it’s traditional June date, to the more untraditional 19-20 September.
ACO has announced today, that the race event will be run over five days. Wednesday will be for scrutineering of the cars for the 24 hours race plus the Road to Le Mans race, that is two races of 55 minutes for GT3 and LMP3 cars.
The Thursday will primarily be taken up by 11 hours of running for the Le Mans cars, split into three practice sessions and qualifying. Add two hours of Road to Le Mans testing to that.
There is another practice for the 24 hours cars on Friday morning, before their important Hyperpole session, that will define the final starting grid for the race. In addition to that, there will be two qualifying sessions for Road to Le Mans, and one of their races, plus Porsche Carrera Cup will practice and qualify.
They will start the Saturday off by doing their second race, followed by the Warm-Up for the 24 hours cars, Road to Le Mans race 2 and the start of the 24 hours race at 14.30. That is done to get more running prior to the arrival of the darkness, and to avoid clashing with the finish of Tour de France, since that ends on the same weekend.
There have been changes to the entry list for the 24 hours race. As we have reported throughout the last few months, there has been some drop-off of the teams, that initially got an entry.
That welcomes ByKolles Racing Team to LMP1, both IDEC Sport and High Class Racing have got their second car into the LMP2 category, and Spirit of Race will have an extra GTE Am entry. Inter Europol Competition has pulled their second car from the reserve list, while GEAR Racing has moved their Ferrari up from GTE Am to GTE Pro. Christina Nielsen is still noted against the car, where she will be able to be joined by two drivers, without having to look at their driving ranking. That was the issue with the initial GTE Am entry – they were simply not able to find a competent Bronze driver, that was demanded of the Am category
That leaves us with 4 reserves on the list – DragonSpeed in LMP2 plus the second car of Iron Lynx, Team Project 1 car 3 and D’Station Racing – all in GTE Am.
The organizers have announced, that they will reveal more info on 30 June, where the final announcement regarding spectators for the event will be released.