The FIA and Automobile Club de l’Ouest have today come to the decision that the sale of 24 Hours of Le Mans tickets for spectators will be suspended. This announcement comes along with the FIA and ACO’s decision to make the messaging of the 88th 24 Hours of Le Mans focus around solidarity and responsibility.
The announcement dictates that as of the 30th June, no more tickets for the 24 Hours of Le Mans in September will be sold. However, spectators who purchased ACO members race tickets or race tickets for the 24 Hours of Le Mans (general admission or grandstand) up until the 29th June will still be able to attend the race.
For any spectators who had purchased camping area tickets, car parking passes or ACO members hospitality tickets until the 29th June will still be able to attend the race even if they had not yet purchased race tickets. These customers will be enabled to purchase the corresponding race ticket to the ticket they already hold.
Anyone who has already purchased a ticket for the 24 Hours of Le Mans or is eligible to purchase a race ticket will be contacted in due course to have the procedure of attending the circuit and follow the in-place Covid-19 precautions explained.
“At the 24 Hours of Le Mans this year, solidarity and responsibility will be more than mere words. The principles form the foundation of an event that will celebrate togetherness and fraternity.” ACO President and Le Mans organiser, Pierre Fillon, said in the official statement. “We will be paying tribute to the heroes of the crisis and saluting the commitment of the members of our club, volunteers, teams, partners, institutions, media and fans – without whom this race could not take place and who have already made it a memorable occasion.
“We have always been at the forefront of technological innovation to improve safety and sustainable mobility. Responsibility is one of our founding principles. We are therefore sure that our loyal spectators will understand our position and support our decision.
“We will not be breaking any attendance records this year. However, all the magic of the race will remain intact and the spectator experience – trackside or from a distance – will remain world-class.”
Information about how the 24 Hours of Le Mans will be available to spectators away from the track will be announced closer to the event, but the promise of utilising online and interactive content has been made.