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2024 le mans 24 hours grid
2024 le mans 24 hours grid

2024 Le Mans 24 Hours Coverage Info: Keeping readers posted

2024 le mans 24 hours grid

As I write this, the first free practice for the 2024 Le Mans 24 Hours is getting underway, triggering our weekend of coverage of the great endurance race and, herewith, is an overview of our plans and how to watch if you are not attending.

While we are a Formula 1 exclusive news site, every now and then we steer off track to highlight big events in other disciplines, such as this 101st edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

We will be keeping our readers up to date on what has all the ingredients of an epic, with a myriad of motorsport and motoring superpowers battling it out for top honours in the greatest endurance race. In comparison, the Indy 500 is to Indycar what Le Mans is for the World Endurance World Championship (WEC).

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A flagship endurance sportscar race which, in this modern era is arguably the greatest in terms of big manufacturer involvement, has attracted 14 manufacturers, with half a dozen of these capable of victory.

Throw into that many great drivers, some former F1 drivers, including last year’s winner for Ferrari Antonio Giovinazzi. We will be keeping an eye on him and others who competed in the top flight over the years. But the focus will be on the top prize they are all battling furiously for this weekend at Le Mans.

The official WEC website reports:

2024 Le Mans 24 Hours Coverage: Keeping our readers posted

“Round four of this year’s FIA WEC season marks the 92nd running of the enduro classic. First staged in 1923 and last year marked the 100th anniversary of the race but the 2024 edition is expected to be no less spectacular with more than 300,000 fans expected onsite.

“Le Mans is a pivotal race in the WEC calendar, not just because it’s the biggest challenge of the year for the teams but it’s a double points-scoring round with a total of 50 points available for the winning crews in both Hypercar and LMGT3. For that reason, Le Mans often proves crucial in the World Championship title chase.

“A total of 62 cars and 186 drivers (including 37 full-time FIA WEC entries) will compete in this year’s race. They will tackle the 13.6-kilometre circuit, where Hypercars reach speeds in the region of 340kph and 70% of the lap is travelled with fully-opened throttle. During each tour of the circuit, Hypercar drivers will shift gears an estimated 78 times.” Full report here>>>

The plan is to summarise each day between now and the weekend with reports on a need-to basis, and then provide coverage of the race during the course of the 24 hours. While, of course, keeping an eye on the F1 narrative that never sleeps.

If you are at Le Mans this year, like our occasional correspondent Michele Lupini aka Red Mist, then this is how to watch the world’s greatest endurance sportscar race.

How and where to watch the 24 Hours of Le Mans!

Round 4, 2024 FIA World Endurance Championship, 24 Hours of Le Mans international TV broadcast and streaming  information:

EUROPE

  • In France, the 24 Hours of Le Mans will be televised by La Chaîne L’Equipe. It will broadcast the race live and free-to-air on Saturday 15 June from 16:00 to 01:30. On Sunday 16 June, coverage will resume at 05:00 and run until 17:45.
  • Eurosport 1 will screen the race live and in full, as well as three free practice sessions and Hyperpole. Free Practice 1 will be shown on Eurosport 2.
  • Eurosport platforms will also broadcast the WEC action across all of Europe including Belgium, UK, Germany, Italy and Spain.
  • Furthermore, Discovery+ will broadcast on its pay digital channel in the UK, Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Netherlands and Italy.

USA + CANADA

  • For American fans, digital platform MAX, will broadcast Free Practice, qualifying and the full race live.
  • Through MAX’s B/R Sports Add-On, live and on-demand coverage of the WEC will benefit from extensive production 30 minutes before and after races including a dedicated pit reporter to bring viewers closer to the action.
  • Alongside MAX, MotorTrend pay TV channel will show practice and the full race.
  • In Canada, fans can tune in via the official Le Mans/FIA WEC app.

SOUTH AMERICA

  • For South America, The Bandeirantes Group will broadcast most of the WEC live in Brazil on Bandsports. The agreement sees the WEC broadcast via the Bandsports pay-TV channel, digital platform Bandplay on YouTube (showing full race live) as well as on Grande Premio.
  • DirecTV Sports will show the WEC across central and South America plus the Caribbean (excluding Mexico and Brazil) on its channel DSports Motor.
  • Fox Sports has the rights in Mexico and will broadcast most of the race live on Fox Sports 3.

ASIA + AUSTRALASIA

  • A pan-Asian TV deal with Eurosport for the continent of Asia sees the race from Le Mans broadcast on Eurosport Asia which also includes India.
  • Japan, the home of Toyota, has the full race live on J Sports 1. Online channel StanSport will televise the WEC in Australia. Online platform Doujin will cover the race in China.

AFRICA

  • Long-term WEC broadcast partner SuperSport will televise the 24 hour race to residents living in Sub-Saharan Africa with the full race live on Supersport Variety4 with multiple repeats on MSP/MSPA.

Offiical FIA WEC/Le Mans app

  • The official FIA WEC/24 Hours of Le Mans app is a must-have for any true motorsport and endurance racing fan. Follow the action live, go backstage, and stay connected with other fans from all over the world. Keep track of the standings, pinpoint the whereabouts of your favourite cars or get nerdy with the stats. Or simply watch the race with the official commentary!