The free practice sessions for the rescheduled 24 Hours of Le Mans in September have been extended, following the dropping of the official pre-event test day.
Teams will now have more than 12 hours of track time ahead of the postponed race. The schedule now means that scrutineering will be moved to the circuit from its usual location in the city centre. The driver’s parade will still go ahead on Friday evening in Le Mans from 5 p.m.
There will be a total of eight hours of practice on Wednesday, 16th September, instead of the 5.5 that is usually available. Drivers will complete a five-hour FP1, and then FP2 that will run in the evening.
Rookies will have to complete at least ten laps across both sessions.
A short 45-minute qualifying session will also take place late on Wednesday morning.
FP3 will take place on Thursday, giving teams just 60-minutes to finalise their setups ahead of the all-new “Hyperpole” shootout; resulting in six cars competing for each class pole in a 30-minute session. FP4, a 3-hour session, will run until midnight. All competitors will need to complete a minimum of eight night-time laps to qualify for the race.
The race will start slightly earlier than usual, with cars waved off at 2.30 p.m.
Le Mans 2020 timetable
Wednesday, 17th September
1:00 – 6:00pm – Free practice 1
8:00 – 11:00pm – Free practice 2
11:15 – 12:00pm – Qualifying
Thursday, 17th September
5:00 – 6:00 p.m. – Free practice 3
8:00 – 8:30 p.m. – Hyperpole qualifying
9:00 – 12:00 p.m. – Free practice 4
Saturday, 19th September
8:15 – 8:30am – Warm-up
2:30 p.m. – 88th Le Mans 24 Hours