World Endurance: Postponed Le Mans 24-Hours date brought forward
The date of this year's postponed Le Mans 24-Hours endurance race has been brought forward by a week.
The 43rd edition of the event was originally postponed until September 5-6 because of the coronavirus outbreak. However, it has now been brought forward and will take place on August 29-30.
The reason for the change is that the four-wheeled Le Mans 24-Hours event has also been pushed back until September 19-20 because of the ongoing pandemic.
"The 24 Heures Motos and 24 Heures du Mans, which has also been postponed to 19 and 20 September 2020, are two iconic races organized by the Automobile Club de l’Ouest," the official statement reads.
"In order to give the ACO sufficient leeway to organize these two major events within a short span of time, Automobile Club de l'Ouest, in agreement with the Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme (FIM) and the FIM EWC promoter Eurosport Events, has decided to bring the dates of the 43rd edition of the 24 Heures Motos forward to 29 and 30 August 2020."
World Endurance: Le Mans 24-Hours postponed due to coronavirus outbreak
First published: 12 March 2020 by Josh Close
The 43rd edition of the famous race has been pushed back from its original date of April 18-19, to September 5-6. This new date means that the event will become the 2020 season finale. The decision was made by the FIM, the championship's promoter Eurosport Events, and Automobile Club de l’Ouest - the organisers of the Le Mans 24-Hours.
The news follows the French health minister’s ban on gatherings of more than 1,000 people, as the country tries to combat the spread of coronavirus. This week, the World Health Organisation have confirmed that the outbreak has now become a pandemic.
"The FIM, Eurosport Events and ACO’s priority is to ensure the safety of spectators, teams, riders and all the people involved in organizing the event," the FIM statement reads. "These measures are being adopted in response to an unprecedented situation and the organisers are confident on the understanding of those concerned despite of the inconvenience caused. The “Pre-Mans” tests scheduled to be held on 31 March and 1 April have therefore also been cancelled."
All tickets purchased for the endurance race will be valid for the new dates and now exchange will be necessary.
This latest motorsport delay is the latest in a long line of disruptions caused by the virus. Yesterday, the Argentinian MotoGP was pushed back until November, whilst the Spanish and French rounds of the World Superbike Championship were also delayed.