2019 FIA WEC 24h Le Mans 2019, Le Mans, France. Photo © John D Stevens.

It has been announced today that the Le Mans 2020 test day which is usually held 2 weeks prior to the main race has been cancelled due to the 24 Hours Motos being held 3 weeks before the 24 Hours of Le Mans (1 Week before the Test). Holding 2 major events this close together would have been a major challenge, therefore the outcome was to sacrafice the test day.

Pierre Fillon: We decided not to hold the 24 Hours of Le Mans Test Day this year. The reason is that competitors would have been overtaxed. As you know, the 24 Hours of Le Mans is now scheduled for 19–20 September. Test Day (*) is usually a fortnight before the race. However, the test is not as old as the race itself and has been skipped on several occasions. Two weeks before the race would have meant holding Test Day a week after the 24 Hours Motos, now scheduled for 29–30 August. Holding two major events within three weeks of each other is already a challenge and we had to rethink our priorities. The outcome was to sacrifice the Test Day. We shall be holding free practice sessions during race week to allow time to test machines and for inexperienced drivers to familiarise themselves with the circuit. We’ll announce the details in April.

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