Return of municipal checks for the 2022 24 Hours of Le Mans

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Scrutineering for the 24 Hours of Le Mans will return to its traditional home in the city center for the first time since 2019 at this year’s event.

Pre-event technical checks for the 62 cars entered for the double points round of the World Endurance Championship on 11/12 June will take place at Place de la République in the city center of Le Mans.

They are scheduled for Friday and Saturday June 3 and 4, just before the official Le Mans test day on Sunday June 5, and will cover both test week and race week.

Scrutineering has been moved to the circuit for the 2020 and 2021 editions of the French enduro due to restrictions resulting from the COVID pandemic.

The Automobile Club de l’Ouest, organizer of the race and promoter of the WEC, also announced that the test day will be open to the public, which was not the case last year, and that the parade of drivers from Friday night in the city center will also be back.

He confirmed the three additional races on the poster for the 90th edition of the 24 Hours.

It will be the now traditional Road to Le Mans meeting for LMP3 and GT3 machines, the Porsche Sprint Challenge France for a second season and the Ligier European Series open to the JSP4 and JS2R prototypes of the French manufacturer, which is making its debut. on the The Bill of Man.

The ACO’s statement announcing the final moves did not mention the number of spectators who will be allowed to watch the race, although club president Pierre Fillon used the phrase “back to normal” in the statement.

Traditional scrutineering will be back for 2022 in the city of Le Mans after a two-year absence

Photo by: Eric Gilbert

Le Mans traditionally attracts well over 250,000 spectators, but the 2020 event, which was postponed until September, took place behind closed doors, when only 50,000 fans were allowed at the event last year in August .

Fillon said: Pierre Fillon. “After two years of health and safety restrictions, the 24 Hours of Le Mans returns to our favorite mid-summer slot, with a busy schedule.

“I’m delighted to say we’ll be back in town for scrutineering. We can’t wait to spread our passion for endurance racing all over the world.”

The ACO has confirmed that the race will start at its traditional time of 4:00 p.m. Free practice begins at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday with the first of four sessions.

The Hyperpole qualifying session that will determine the top six grid places in each of the four WEC categories is set for 8:00-8:30 p.m. Thursday night, an hour earlier than last year.

The full entry list for Le Mans will be announced next Monday.

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