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Le Mans 24 Hours Schedule Published, Additional Free Practice Session

Scrutineering to take place at circuit

It looks set to be a significantly feel for the 2020 Le Mans 24 Hours, the race week now moved to 13-20 September in the wake of the COVID19 crisis, there are also significant changes to the timetable for the weekend.

Most significantly the Scrutineering of the cars, and administration checks for the drivers, will take place at the circuit, rather than in Le Mans City Centre.

That process will stay on the Sunday and Monday prior to the race.

The other major change announced today is the addition of a five hour Free Practice session on Wednesday afternoon, this a measure to replace the Test Day that was cancelled this year.

Thereafter the track sessions are more or less as previously announced to accommodate the new for 2020 ‘HyperPole’ qualifying.

FP2 takes place on Wednesday evening between 8 and 11 pm with all race rookies required to complete 10 laps across the two Free Practice sessions.

All drivers are now also required to complete 8 night time laps across the relevant sessions rather than 5 in previous years.

The race proper gets underway, as previously announced, at 14:30 on Saturday 13 September.

The provisional schedule for the 2020 24 Hours of Le Mans: 13/20 September

Saturday 12 September

18:00: End of the installation process. The teams are set up in their garages and paddock

Sunday 13 September

08:00-17:30: Scrutineering, competitors are summoned to attend the administrative checks (Welcome building) and technical inspections (circuit)

Monday 14 September

08:00-17:30: Scrutineering, competitors are summoned to attend the administrative checks (Welcome building) and technical inspections (circuit)

Tuesday 15 September

10:00: Briefings for drivers and marshals in the Welcome building
17:00-18:30: Pit walk and autograph sessions

Wednesday 16 September

13:00-18:00: First free practice session - FP1
20:00-23:00: Second free practice session - FP2
23:15-00:00: Qualifying
N.B. Rookies are required to complete 10 laps during FP1 and FP2

Thursday 17 September

17:00-18:00: Third free practice session - FP3
20:00-20:30: 24 Hours Hyperpole
21:00-00:00: Fourth and final free practice session - FP4
N.B. Drivers are now required to complete 8 night-time laps (compared to 5 previously)

Friday 18 September

10:00-20:00: Pit walk
17:00: Drivers Parade in the city centre

Saturday 19 September

08:15-08:30: Warm-Up
12:15-12:30: Pit Lane opened
12:35-13:20: Access to the Grid Walk open
13:15-13:40: Grid Walk cleared
13:40-14:21: Starting procedure
14:30: Start of the 88th 24 Hours of Le Mans

Sunday 20 September

14:30: End of the 88th 24 Hours of Le Mans