This Year's Le Mans Race Is Delayed To August
In a bid to ensure spectators are allowed in, the Grand Prix of Endurance will be rescheduled from it usual June calendar
We may have to wait a fair bit longer to see the new LM-Hypercars run at Circuit de la Sarthe.
The Automobile Club de l’Ouest (ACO) has decided to reschedule the 89th running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans to the week of August 21-22, in a bid to guarantee that live spectators can watch the race on the venue. The rest of the events on the 2021 WEC calendar won't change, but comparatively, those races can be run without fans. Le Mans, on the oter hand, is a pretty big deal.
The 89th 24 Hours of Le Mans was originally due to take place on 12–13 June. However, the Automobile Club de l’Ouest has now rescheduled the event to 21–22 August, when there will be a chance of spectators being able to attend the race, in strict compliance with the applicable health and safety measures.
Part of that is because the ACO is set to bring two of the new LM-Hypercars from constructors' champs Toyota and underdog Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus into the famed French circuit and introduce fans to the new regulations, and part of is that holding Le Mans "behind closed doors for the second year running would be unthinkable," according to Pierre Fillon, ACO President. "We are therefore doing all we can to avoid that happening and to give competitors a clear view of the whole season."
One potential knock-on benefit is that Glickenhaus is given more time to tune the new 007, given that they already held off on entering the Portimao 8hr race to continue testing, a symptom of being a team far smaller than Toyota or Alpine. Currently, the 007 is undergoing testing in Monza, and the team has confirmed that both the hypercar and the 004S supercar will debut at this year's Goodwood Festival of Speed.
Patience, then, shall be required.