Le Mans To Start At 17.00 This Year
The ACO has announced that the 74th running of the Le Mans 24 Hours will start at 17.00 on June 17 – rather than the usual time of 16.00.

It’s the not insignificant matter of the soccer World Cup ‘getting in the way’. These are the scheduled football matches for the Le Mans weekend.

Sat 17 June 15:00 Group D4 Portugal v Group D2 Iran
Sat 17 June 18:00 Group E4 Czech Rep. v Group E2 Ghana
Sat 17 June 21:00 Group E1 Italy v Group E3 USA

Sun 18 June 15:00 Group F4 Japan v Group F2 Croatia
Sun 18 June 18:00 Group F1 Brazil v Group F3 Australia
Sun 18 June 21:00 Group G1 France v Group G3 Korea Rep.

None of the soccer matches seem to be in direct conflict with the world’s most famous endurance race, particularly on Saturday, but on Sunday, Japanese race / soccer fans can watch their team take on Croatia at 15.00, then catch the end of the Le Mans 24 Hours at 17.00.

The race start has been moved several times in the past, because of local or presidential elections, or because of the World or European Cups (and once because the race was held in September).

 

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