The coronavirus pandemic was brutal for the motor world and its calendar. One of the categories hit was the World Endurance Championship, but above all, the 24 Hours of LeMans. The historic race had to be rescheduled, as it is usually held in the month of July. However, this weekend it will finally take place at the Le Sarthe circuit in France.
One of the most important variations will be the absence of an audience. The organization tried to have a small group of fans. However, the French authorities did not allow this, due to fear of a possible outbreak of the virus in Europe. However, this will not affect the development of the race.
The first round of training will take place this Thursday morning, while the second part will be in the afternoon. There will also be a new classification format for this year. The ‘hyperpole’. Previously the pole could be achieved at any time of the week. However, this weekend there will be two sessions designed to find the fastest lap. This will take place on Friday morning.
The race will start at 2.30pm (French time) on Saturday. The schedule is modified to previous years and is due to another sporting event. The organization of the World Endurance (WEC), decided to postpone the start since it does not want it to coincide with the end of the Tour de France that is being played this week.
Latinos who participate
A large number of Latin Americans will be present this week at Le Sarthe. In addition, very important names are registered. The great candidate to win the test is Toyota, hand in hand with Jose Maria Lopez. The Argentine was second in 2019, behind Fernando Alonso. In addition, they will be Juan Pablo Montoya and Tatiana Calderon, in the LMP2 category, the second in importance.
Montoya will be looking to win the Racing Triple Crown. This achievement only belongs to Graham Hill, while Fernando Alonso was left with the desire since he could not win the 500 miles of Indianapolis. For his part, it will be the debut for Calderón, who will do so in the same category as Montoya. He will also do it in an all-female team, the first since 1991 at LeMans.