24h Le Mans postponed – two 24h’s in three weeks
The 24 hours of Le Mans have been moved to the first weekend in September later this year.
At the moment, moving races to the end of the year is a common course of conduct in the whole racing world. Some races already got cancelled off completely, others are moved.
For the Endurance World Championship this now means the Germany round at Oschersleben on 06th of June shall be the first race of the year, followed by the 8 hours Suzuka (July 19th) and then the 24 heures Moto at Le Mans will be the grand-grand Finale on 05/06 September, with both categories – EWC and STK – are aiming to find their respective world champions.
To have a full day’s distance race as the final one of the season is of course a perfect way to go for, as it is the king’s discipline in Endurance racing. But on the other hand, especially small private teams will face some problems in getting their equipment back race ready just two weeks later for the 24 hours of the Bol d’Or and with that the opening race of the 2020/2021 season. Plus: It is expected that the material has to be shipped to Malaysia for the 8 hours of Sepang just two further weeks after the Le Castellet round.
As many participants of the EWC also race in Germany’s IDM, some of those will have a even more packed travel programme, going from Le Mans 1.600 kilometres to Lausitzring, back 1.800 to Le Castellet and then up 1.000 again to the IDM finals at the Hockenheimring. That will be four weeks, two 24h’s and two sprint weekends.
Situation is as it is and obviously no one wants to be in a organizer’s position at the moment. Luckily, the Eurosport Event’s team and the track’s are in close talks and screening the situation, with no one really interested in any cancellation. It remains to be seen, how the next weeks will unfold and if some normality can be re-created very soon.