Race organiser the Car Membership de l’Ouest has determined to shift the take a look at on the complete 8.47-mile Circuit de la Sarthe from its conventional date two weeks forward of the race after experimenting with the revised format over the previous two years on account of COVID.
ACO sporting director Vincent Beaumesnil instructed Autosport: “We predict this format is best for everybody.
“It actually works for the spectators, as a result of they will e-book a week-long vacation and revel in the entire programme, and it’s good for all of the marshals and officers, too.
“The groups should spend much less time in Le Mans, so it’s a good from a value viewpoint.
“With the standard of the automobiles right now, we do not really feel it’s essential to have the take a look at day two weeks earlier than the 24 Hours.”
There was no take a look at day in 2020 when Le Mans was delayed till September, earlier than it was re-instigated final 12 months on the Sunday forward of Le Mans week.
The take a look at day was a fixture of the Le Mans programme within the Sixties, briefly returned within the Nineteen Eighties after which grew to become a part of the schedule once more in 1993.
It historically occurred on the finish of April earlier than transferring to 2 weeks earlier than the race in 2005 after stress from the American Le Mans Sequence, whose entrants offered a major ingredient of the grid.
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The date for subsequent 12 months’s Le Mans 24 Hours has been confirmed for 10-11 June.
The WEC has prolonged its take care of the Bahrain Worldwide Circuit, which is able to preserve the Center Jap venue on the schedule till the 2027 season.
Bahrain was a part of the calendar from the rebirth of the WEC in 2012 till ’17.
It disappeared from the collection for the 2018/19 superseason, which included two editions of Le Mans, earlier than returning as spherical 4 of the 2019/20 season in November ’19 with a brand new eight-hour period.
A second race in Bahrain, which rounded out the season, was added after the calendar underwent wholesale revisions on account of COVID.
Final 12 months’s collection climaxed with a Bahrain double-header made up of 1 six-hour and one eight-hour race.
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