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02/01/2018 20:31

The crazy fortnight of the 2018 24 Hours of Le Mans: here's the program!

The 24 Hours of Le Mans is much more than just a 24-hour race to fans from all over the world who make the trip to enjoy the abundance of entertainment and activities during the two weeks leading up to the start of the main event on June 16th this year at 3:00 p.m. local time. It all kicks off with the administrative and technical checks for Test Day on June 3, 2018.

The crazy fortnight of the 2018 24 Hours of Le Mans: here's the program!

Test Day for the 86th edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans is mandatory for all teams and is reserved solely for their participation. However, some experienced pilots, an exhaustive list of which is published, are exempted, while others such as rookies, are required to attend after having completed simulator training.

Prior to action starting on the track at the 24 Hours circuit, the marshals of the Automobile Club de l'Ouest (organizer of the 24 Hours of Le Mans) and the FIA, as the race is a part of the World Endurance Championship (FIA WEC), confirm the cars are compliant with the technical regulations (technical checks) and that the drivers and their equipment respect the applicable rules in effect (administrative checks).

Thursday, May 31, 2018

  • 8:30 am - 2:45 pm     Administrative Checks (team managers)
  • 9:00 am - 6:00 pm     Technical Checks

Friday, June 1, 2018

  • 8:30 am - 2:00 pm     Administrative Checks (team managers)
  • 9:00 am - 6:00 pm     Technical Checks
  • 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm     Administrative Checks (drivers)

Saturday, June 2, 2018

  • 8:30 am - 3:30 pm     Administrative Checks (drivers)
  • 5:00 pm                       Driver and Team Manager Briefing

Sunday, June 3, 2018

  • 9:00 am - 1:00 pm     Test Day
  • 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm     Test Day

Though a fortnight separates Test Day from the 24 Hours of Le Mans, there is only one week between Test Day and Scrutineering, the traditional name given to the final administrative and technical checks. Consequently, the teams set up once and for all in the paddock and plenty staff remain on-site from Test Day to Scrutineering which kicks off the big week of the 24 Hours.

Sunday, June 10, 2018

  • 2:30 pm - 7:00 pm      Scruntineering at the Place de la République in downtown Le Mans

Monday, June 11, 2018

  • 10:00 am - 6:00 pm     Scrutineering at the Place de la République in downtown Le Mans
  • 6:00 pm - 6:30 pm       Driver handprints in downtown Le Mans

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

  • 10:00 am                       Driver and team manager briefing
  • 10:30 am - 10:45 am  Official group photo of the drivers on the starting line
  • 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm       Autograph session in pit lane

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

  • 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm       Free Practice
  • 10:00 pm - midnight    Qualifying Session 1

Thursday, June 14, 2018

  • 5:30 pm - 6:25 pm       Road to Le Mans Race 1
  • 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm       Qualifying Session 2
  • 10:00 pm - midnight    Qualifying Session 3

Friday, June 15, 2018

  • 10:00 am - 8:00 pm      Access to pit lane
  • 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm        Drivers' Parade in downtown Le Mans
  • 8:00 pm                          THE big concert of the 24 Hours of Le Mans: Jamiroquai at the Le Mans MMArena

Saturday, June 16, 2018

  • 9:00 am - 9:45 am        Warm-Up
  • 10:15 am - 11:00 am    Festival Aston Martin Race
  • 11:30 am - 12:25 pm    Road to Le Mans Race 2
  • 1:00 pm - 1:15 pm        Set-up of cars on the starting grid
  • 2:00 pm - 2:30 pm        Presentation of the teams and drivers
  • 2:51 pm                           Start of the formation lap
  • 3:00 pm                           Start of the 86th edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans

Sunday, June 17, 2018

  • 3:00 pm                           Finish of the 86th edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans
  • After 3:00 pm                 Podium Ceremony

Monday, June 18, 2018

  • 9:00 am - 6:00 pm        Technical Checks

Schedule is subject to change and will be confirmed at a later date.

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