The 24 Hours of Le Mans has been moved to September

Changes to WEC, European Le Mans calendars will also be made
by Tom Harrison | Mar 21, 2020
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Some good news—as of now, this year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans is still going ahead, just a little later than billed.

Race organizer Automobile Club de l’Ouest (ACO), along with the FIA and the World Endurance Championship (WEC), has decided to postpone the 24-hour endurance race. Originally set for June 13-14, it’ll now take place on September 19-20, 2020.

ACO president Pierre Fillon says postponing the race is “the most appropriate way forward” given “current exceptional circumstances.”

“I urge everyone to avoid putting themselves, their loved ones, and others at risk,” he says. “The most important thing today is to curtail the spread of this virus. Our thoughts go out to medical staff working relentlessly for the sake of us all.”

This isn’t the first time Le Mans has been postponed—in 1968, the race was moved from June to September because of civil unrest in France. It was a good race, too, with the Ford GT40 taking a third successive victory.

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This year, the new dates mean changes will have to be made to the WEC and the European Le Mans Series calendars, too. Fillon says these new dates will be announced soon, and that the “safety and quality of [the] events will not be compromised”.

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Those who’ve already bought tickets for Le Mans will be able to use them in September, or they can request a refund by clicking these blue words. See you there?

NOTE: This article first appeared on TopGear.com. Minor edits have been made.

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