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

Following the postponement of this year’s 24 hours of Le Mans due to the ongoing health situation, Endurance 24 have reported a unique program of events for this year’s race in a bid to ensure that the 89th running of the blue-ribbon race will be like no other.

On Friday August 13, 2021, administrative and technical checks will begin on the circuit which will cover both the Test Day, set for Sunday August 15, and the race.

In order to facilitate the work of the teams, the format of the practice sessions has also evolved. The first free practice session is set for Wednesday August 18 at 2 p.m., while the Hyperpole will take place on Thursday evening, between 9 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.

No less than four support races will take place during the 24 Hours week; the Road To Le Mans, the Porsche Sprint Challenge France (1 race), the Endurance Racing Legends (2 historic car races) and a 5 hour Fun Cup on Friday August 20!

“This 89 edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans promises to be incredible.” said Pierre Fillon, President of the Automobile Club de l’Ouest. “The 62 cars entered for the event will benefit from a program adapted to the situation, facilitating the working conditions of the teams, while allowing the public to experience five intense days.”

“I would like to thank the authorities, residents and businesses who allow us to use the circuit across an extended period this year. The public will thus be able to experience an exceptional, incredibly dense event. ”

Provisional program for the 24 Hours of Le Mans 2021:

Sunday August 15th

Test day – session 1: 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Test day – session 2: 3 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Wednesday August 18

Free practice 1: 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Qualifying practice: 7 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Free practice 2: 22h – 00h

Thursday August 19

Free practice 3: 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Hyperpole: 9 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Free practice 4: 22h – 00h

Saturday August 21

Warm-up: 9:30 am – 9:45 am

Green Flag (French tricolour): 4 p.m.

Sunday August 22

Checkered Flag: 4 p.m.