There has been a date change to next year’s running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The historic endurance race, which celebrates its 90th anniversary in 2013, has been put back by a week. The original date had been on the 15-16th June.
The amendment means that it now takes place on 22nd-23rd June. The reasons for the change is to avoid any clashes with other motorsport events at a later date, it has been claimed. Test day will take place two weeks before the race on the 9th June.
Scrutineering will happen on the 16th-17th June.
The Automobile Club de l’Ouest will celebrate in the style it deserves the 90th anniversary of the Le Mans 24 Hours on 22-23 June 2013. It is worth recalling that this event was conceived at the 1922 Motor Show in the Grand Palais in Paris. The idea emerged from a meeting between Charles Faroux, a journalist from La Vie Automobile, Georges Durand, the ACO general secretary, some eminent members of the club, and Emille Coquille, the French representative of the Rudge-Whitworth detachable wheels company. The race was first run 26-27th May 1923.
Next year will also be the fifteenth time in eighty-one events that the race will take place at the end of the twenty fifth week of the year.
The full calendar for next year’s FIA World Endurance Championship, which Le Mans is a part of, will be announced in September.