2020 Le Mans 24 Hours session timings and preview

In what is set to be one of the most unusual Le Mans 24 Hours, the delayed 2020 event takes place this weekend on 19-20 September

2020 Le Mans 24 Hours session timings and preview

The 2019-2020 World Endurance Championship resumed last month with the Spa-Francorchamps 6 Hours, a race dominated by Toyota, with the #7 TS050 HYBRID driven by Kamui Kobayashi, Mike Conway and Jose Maria Lopez clinching victory.

Having been postponed from its traditional mid-June slot due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the iconic endurance race takes place at the Circuit de la Sarthe but without fans and with a reshaped grid due to coronavirus-enforced restrictions.

A truncated programme has been produced by organisers with practice and qualifying practice starting Thursday before Hyperpole on Friday morning - with overall practice reduced from 12 to 11 hours.

Organisers have retained the new Hyperpole format originally confirmed late last year, where the top six cars from qualifying practice in each of the four classes compete for the top positions.

Toyota's Kazuki Nakajima set the fastest time in first practice for the rescheduled 88th Le Mans 24 Hours.

Why are there no fans at Le Mans?

Despite extensive efforts to welcome a limited number of fans to Le Mans, organisers have been forced to hold the race behind closed doors after discussions with local authorities.

What happened at the 24 Hours of Le Mans Virtual?

At the height of lockdown and COVID-19 restrictions, organisers WEC, Automobile Club de l' Ouest and Motorsport Games, put on a virtual endurance race on the original weekend of the actual Le Mans 24 Hours, won by the #1 Rebellion Williams Esports team.

A team made up of pro drivers, Mercedes GT driver Raffaele Marciello and Haas Formula 1 reserve Louis Deletraz, plus sim racers Nikodem Wisniewski and Kuba Brzezinski triumphed on a star-studded grid which also included Fernando Alonso, Max Verstappen, Charles Leclerc and Lando Norris.

It marked the biggest ever sim race during the height of the Esports boom, with over 200 drivers competing from 37 different countries and provided an increased anticipation for the real thing this weekend.

Thursday 17th September 2020

Free Practice 1: 09:00am-12:00pm BST (10:00am-1:00pm local)

Free Practice 2: 1:00pm-4:00pm BST (2:00pm-5:00pm local)

Qualifying Practice: 4:15pm-5:00pm BST (5:15pm-6:00pm local)

Free Practice 3: 7:00pm-11:00pm BST (8:00pm-12:00am local)

Friday 18th September 2020

Free Practice 4: 9:00am-10:00am BST (10:00am-11:00am local)

Hyperpole: 10:30am-11:00am BST (11:30am-12:00pm local)

Saturday 19th September 2020

Warm-Up: 09:30am-09:45am BST (10:30am-10:45am local)

Race Start: 1:30pm BST (2:30pm local)

Sunday 20th September 2020

Race Finish: 1:30pm BST (2:30pm local)

How can I watch the 2020 Le Mans 24 Hours?

Channel: Eurosport 1 HD

Channel numbers - Sky: 864

Channel numbers - Virgin Media: 521

Eurosport has live and exclusive broadcasting rights in the United Kingdom with the build-up to the 2020 Le Mans 24 Hours race starting from 12:30pm ahead of the start at 1:30pm with uninterrupted coverage all the way to the chequered flag.

Eurosport also provides an online stream of all the action starting with practice, qualifying and then the race.

The FIA WEC official app is also offering live streaming of qualifying and the race plus live timing of all sessions.

When can I watch the highlights?

Channel: BT Sport

Start time: TBC

BT Sport has the rights to show Le Mans 24 Hours highlights.

Weather forecast for the Le Mans 24 Hours

Le Mans is bracing for a mixed forecast during the race with both rain showers and thunderstorms predicted to hit the Circuit de a Sarthe. There will be highs of 27 degrees Celsius.

Le Mans 24 Hours - FP1 results

Pos Class Driver Team Car Gap
1 LMP1 S.Buemi, K.Nakajima, B.Hartley Toyota Gazoo Racing Toyota 3m21.656s
2 LMP1 M.Conway, K.Kobayashi, J.M.Lopez Toyota Gazoo Racing Toyota 0.334s
3 LMP1 B.Senna, N.Nato, G.Menezes Rebellion Racing Rebellion/Gibson 1.499s
4 LMP1 R.Dumas, N.Berthon, L.Deletraz Rebellion Racing Rebellion/Gibson 3.560s
5 LMP1 T.Dillmann, B.Spengler, O.Webb ByKOLLES Racing Team ENSO CLM/Gibson 6.786s
6 LMP2 K.Yamashita, M.Patterson, A.Fjordbach High Class Racing ORECA/Gibson 8.217s
7 LMP2 F.van Eerd, G.van der Garde, N.de Vries Racing Team Nederland ORECA/Gibson 8.262s
8 LMP2 A.Davidson, A.F.da Costa, R.Gonzalez JOTA ORECA/Gibson 9.550s
9 LMP2 J.Hirschi, K.Tereschenko, T.Gommendy Duqueine Team ORECA/Gibson 9.653s
10 LMP2 H-Pin Tung, G.Aubry, W.Stevens Jackie Chan DC Racing ORECA/Gibson 9.692s
11 LMP2 R.Rusinov, J-E.Vergne, M.Jensen G-Drive Racing Aurus/Gibson 9.792s
12 LMP2 P.Lafargue, P-L.Chatin, R.Bradley Idec Sport Racing ORECA/Gibson 10.095s
13 LMP2 P.Hanson, F.Albuquerque, P.Di Resta United Autosports ORECA/Gibson 10.288s
14 LMP2 H.Hedman, B.Hanley, R.van der Zande Dragonspeed USA ORECA/Gibson 10.354s
15 LMP2 R.Cullen, O.Jarvis, N.Tandy G-Drive Racing by Algarve Aurus/Gibson 10.440s
16 LMP2 W.Owen, A.Brundle, J.van Uitert United Autosports ORECA/Gibson 10.498s
17 LMP2 N.Lapierre, A.Borga, A.Coigny COOL Racing ORECA/Gibson 10.532s
18 LMP2 J.P.Montoya, T.Buret, M.Rojas Dragonspeed USA ORECA/Gibson 10.868s
19 LMP2 N.Jamin, J.Canal, M.Vaxiviere Panis Racing ORECA/Gibson 11.510s
20 LMP2 A.Negrao, P.Ragues, T.Laurent Signatech Alpine Elf Alpine/Gibson 11.656s
21 LMP2 J.Allen, V.Capillaire, C.Milesi Graff-SO24 ORECA/Gibson 12.162s
22 LMP2 T.Calderon, S.Florsch, B.Visser Richard Mille Racing Team ORECA/Gibson 13.851s
23 LMP2 J.Falb, S.Trummer, M.McMurry Algarve Pro Racing ORECA/Gibson 14.029s
24 LMP2 N.Yamanaka, N.Foster, R.Merhi Eurasia Motorsport Ligier/Gibson 14.356s
25 LMP2 G.Grist, A.Kapadia, T.Wells Nielsen Racing ORECA/Gibson 15.042s
26 LMP2 J.Smiechowski, R.Binder, M.Isaakyan Inter Europol Competition Ligier/Gibson 15.162s
27 LMP2 R.Lacorte, A.Belicchi, G.Sernagiotto Cetilar Racing Dallara/Gibson 15.292s
28 LMP2 A.Tambay, E.Maris, C.d'Ansembourg EuroInternational Ligier/Gibson 15.493s
29 LMP2 D.Merriman, K.Tilley, J.Kennard Idec Sport Racing ORECA/Gibson 16.933s
30 GTE Pro M.Martin, A.Lynn, H.Tincknell Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin 32.274s
31 GTE Pro N.Thiim, M.Sorensen, R.Westbrook Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin 33.336s
32 GTE Pro A.P.Guidi, J.Calado, D.Serra AF Corse Ferrari 33.530s
33 GTE Am P.D.Lana, R.Gunn, A.Farfus Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin 33.828s
34 GTE Pro D.Rigon, M.Molina, S.Bird AF Corse Ferrari 34.343s
35 GTE Pro O.Pla, S.Bourdais, J.Gounon Risi Competizione Ferrari 34.617s
36 GTE Am H.C.Chen, T.Blomqvist, M.Gomes Hub Auto Racing Ferrari 34.694s
37 GTE Pro C.MacNeil, T.Vilander, J.Segal WeatherTech Racing Ferrari 34.769s
38 GTE Am T.Kimura, V.Abril, K.Cozzolino MR Racing Ferrari 34.953s
39 GTE Pro M.Christensen, K.Estre, L.Vanthoor Porsche GT Team Porsche 35.049s
40 GTE Am S.Yoluc, C.Eastwood, J.Adam TF Sport Aston Martin 35.332s
41 GTE Am F.Piovanetti, O.Negri, C.Ledogar Luzich Racing Ferrari 35.392s
42 GTE Am C.Ried, R.Pera, M.Campbell Dempsey-Proton Racing Porsche 35.581s
43 GTE Am M.Wainwright, B.Barker, A.Watson Gulf Racing Porsche 35.688s
44 GTE Pro G.Bruni, R.Lietz, F.Makowiecki Porsche GT Team Porsche 35.756s
45 GTE Am B.Keating, F.Fraga, J.Bleekemolen Team Project 1 Porsche 35.972s
46 GTE Am T.Flohr, F.Castellacci, G.Fisichella AF Corse Ferrari 36.191s
47 GTE Am E.Perfetti, L.ten Voorde, M.Cairoli Team Project 1 Porsche 36.494s
48 GTE Am T.Preining, D.Bastien, A.De Leener Dempsey-Proton Racing Porsche 36.785s
49 GTE Am C.Schiavoni, S.Pianezzola, P.Ruberti Iron Lynx Ferrari 36.913s
50 GTE Am M.Gostner, R.Frey, M.Gatting Iron Lynx Ferrari 37.137s
51 GTE Am F.Perrodo, E.Collard, N.Nielsen AF Corse Ferrari 37.194s
52 GTE Am D.Cameron, A.Scott, M.Griffin Spirit of Race Ferrari 37.540s
53 GTE Am R.Mastronardi, M.Cressoni, A.Piccini Iron Lynx Ferrari 37.707s
54 GTE Am I.Vutthikorn, L.Legeret, J.Andlauer Dempsey-Proton Racing Porsche 37.713s
55 GTE Am R.Heistand, M.Root, J.Magnussen JMW Motorsport Ferrari 37.831s
56 GTE Am H.Felbermayr Jr., M.Beretta, M.van Splunteren Proton Competition Porsche 39.375s
57 GTE Am B.Grimes, J.Mowlem, C.Hollings Red River Sport Ferrari 39.407s
58 GTE Am P.Haezebrouck, J.Piguet, A.Laskaratos Team Project 1 Porsche 42.802s
59 GTE Am C.Ulrich, S.Gorig, A.West AF Corse Ferrari 44.715s
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