Start of the 2020 FIA World Endurance Championship Season 8 Round 7 24h Le Mans, Le Mans, France. Photo © John D Stevens..

The Automobile Club de l’Ouest has announced today that the 89th 24 Hours of Le Mans, originally due to take place on 12–13 June, has been rescheduled to 21–22 August, when there will be a chance of spectators being able to attend the race.

The dates of the other races in the WEC 2021 calendar and unconnected events to be held at the Le Mans Circuit remain unchanged at the present time. Running the event behind closed doors last year caused major pain to the ACO and as this season marks the first with the new Hypercars on-track, the ACO remains extremely keen to have fans attend.

Information on tickets and full details on the race format will be released at the end of April.

Pierre Fillon, President of the Automobile Club de l’Ouest: “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. 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. This year’s race promises to be another thriller as the new Hypercar class makes its debut.”