Le Mans to fight behind closed doors due to virus

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Paris (AFP)

One of the most famous motor races in the world, the 24 Hours of Le Mans will be contested behind closed doors this year due to the coronavirus pandemic, organizers said on Monday.

The annual endurance test drew 252,000 fans in 2019 and several films were made about the event, including the cult “Le Mans” starring Steve McQueen in 1971.

“Unfortunately, the biggest endurance race in the world will take place this year without spectators at the edge of the track,” Pierre Fillon of the Automobile Club de l’Ouest said on Monday.

“Given the constraints related to the organization of an event at the scale of a festival over several days in the current situation, we have chosen with the local authorities to hold the race behind closed doors”, he said. he declares.

The 88th 24 Hours of Le Mans on the Circuit de la Sarthe will take place as scheduled from September 19 to 20, from 2:30 p.m. local time (12:30 p.m. GMT).

Unlike Grand Prix races, which develop the fastest cars, endurance tests such as the 24 Hours of Le Mans are designed to produce sporty yet reliable and fuel-efficient road vehicles.

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