No date has been set for the expansion of the Le Mans grid

No timescale has been set for building the additional pits that would allow the entry for the Le Mans 24 Hours to expand to 60 cars

No date has been set for the expansion of the Le Mans grid


No timescale has been set for building the additional pits that would allow the entry for the Le Mans 24 Hours to expand to 60 cars.

Race organiser the Automobile Club de l'Ouest has declared its intent to expand the pits to allow an increase in the grid from the current 56 cars, but is refusing to lay out a timeframe because of the magnitude of the undertaking.

The ACO would extend the pitlane towards its exit and the Dunlop Chicane, but this would entail a relocation of parc ferme.

ACO sporting manager Vincent Beaumesnil told AUTOSPORT: "It is a big project with global implications on the whole paddock area.

"If we build more pits, then we would have to move parc ferme and that would mean moving something else.

"That is why we cannot say when it is going to happen."

Beaumesnil stressed that the ACO had no plans to increase the grid beyond 60 cars.

"In our minds, 60 cars is a good figure to reach and we will not go beyond that," he explained.

No more than 60 cars have ever started the 24 Hours: this figure was achieved four times in the early 1950s before the pits were rebuilt in the wake of the 1955 Le Mans disaster.

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