Drivers Parade and St Saturnin cancelled

Drivers Parade and St Saturnin cancelled

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Vette_1978

3,047 posts

177 months

Sunday 28th June
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FredericRobinson said:
Neither the ring nor Spa have said anything yet about plans for spectators that I've seen
Spa are selling tickets for the 25 hour race, I’ve looked at going over for this seeing as the WEC race is behind closed doors. I guess they could just be selling, get the cash, then offer credit notes if laws prevent attendance.

RONV

258 posts

89 months

Sunday 28th June
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same as the ferry companies

leyorkie

1,052 posts

131 months

Sunday 28th June
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I’ll just turn up at the gate and buy a ticket if it’s open.
Wonder if it will be AOC members only to restrict numbers

ewand

632 posts

169 months

Sunday 28th June
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From https://www.autosport.com/wec/news/150037/new-cond... ... expect a further timetable announcement on Tuesday...

Practice will now begin at 10:00 on Thursday morning, the first of three sessions on the opening day.

The opening 45-minute qualifying session in which all 62 cars will take part has been brought forward to 17:15.

The 30-minute Hyperpole session fought out by the fastest six cars from each of the four WEC classes in first qualifying will now take place from 11:30 on Friday morning.

This will be preceded by a final one-hour session of free practice. The raceday warm-up on Saturday morning has been set back to reflect the fact that the cars will be on track on Friday.

Scrutineering (pictured below) will take place at the track on Wednesday rather than in the centre of Le Mans and the race will be begin at 14:30 on Saturday as previously announced.

More details on spectator access will be announced on 30 June.
Sunday 28th June
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ewand said:
From https://www.autosport.com/wec/news/150037/new-cond... ... expect a further timetable announcement on Tuesday...

Practice will now begin at 10:00 on Thursday morning, the first of three sessions on the opening day.

The opening 45-minute qualifying session in which all 62 cars will take part has been brought forward to 17:15.

The 30-minute Hyperpole session fought out by the fastest six cars from each of the four WEC classes in first qualifying will now take place from 11:30 on Friday morning.

This will be preceded by a final one-hour session of free practice. The raceday warm-up on Saturday morning has been set back to reflect the fact that the cars will be on track on Friday.

Scrutineering (pictured below) will take place at the track on Wednesday rather than in the centre of Le Mans and the race will be begin at 14:30 on Saturday as previously announced.

More details on spectator access will be announced on 30 June.
Already a thread:

https://www.pistonheads.com/gassing/topic.asp?h=0&...

lowdrag

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10,460 posts

168 months

Sunday 28th June
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And this was on page one of this thread:-

Today's paper gives the latest update from the ACO - for what it's worth. The ACO are determined that spectators will be allowed. They acknowledge that at the moment the maximum is 5,000 but then say the government has stipulated that this could change at the beginning of September, but saying that next week they will make another announcement indicating that the number will be somewhere between 10,000 and 90,000. If your head is spinning, I am not surprised.

delta0

1,280 posts

61 months

Sunday 28th June
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lowdrag said:
And this was on page one of this thread:-

Today's paper gives the latest update from the ACO - for what it's worth. The ACO are determined that spectators will be allowed. They acknowledge that at the moment the maximum is 5,000 but then say the government has stipulated that this could change at the beginning of September, but saying that next week they will make another announcement indicating that the number will be somewhere between 10,000 and 90,000. If your head is spinning, I am not surprised.
If it is going up to 10-90k then that’s 100-190k (out of 200k) aren’t going to Le Mans this year.

lowdrag

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10,460 posts

168 months

Sunday 28th June
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I really don't think so. Late in the season, cold, rain - perhaps frost. Not many daylight hours. But we shall see what the ACO comes up with.

gt6

1,316 posts

140 months

Sunday 28th June
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We will know more the day after tomorrow, so not long to wait

lowdrag

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168 months

gt6 said:
We will know more the day after tomorrow, so not long to wait
The ACO can say what it likes, but for the moment the maximum number permitted to attend is 5,000. That might be 5,000 inside the circuit, plus Arnage, Mulsanne etc. but it is the government who will change the limits, not the ACO. I shall be as interested as the next man to see what is in the paper tomorrow morning (or perhaps the day after) but as far as I am concerned the ACO are whistling in the wind. They do not have the power to change the law.

FredericRobinson

2,058 posts

187 months

Between them I imagine there'll be a fair bit of the Fillon family in Le Maine Libre this week

lowdrag

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168 months

Well, Fillon 1 is disgraced and out of politics, his brother Fillon 2 is President of the ACO, so between them there is a lot of clout. But I can't see the government caving in just for the 24 Hours. What about Roland Garros and all other prestigious sporting events? It'll be hard to justify the 24 Hours and deny the others. Still, we'll know shortly.
from what I’ve read, there should be no reason, according to the law, why the 24 can’t go ahead...based on here: https://www.connexionfrance.com/French-news/Phase-...

Hotels, campsites, tourist accommodation such as gites and B&Bs, and holiday villages may now open in green zones.

So that’s the green light for the LM campsites, correct? Without a GA ticket, you can’t exit the campsites to get on the track. So the campsites are quite separate to the track.

Events and gatherings of more than 5,000 people are set to remain banned until at least August 31.

That means spectators will be able to attend because the ban ends Aug 31st...I know it says at least, but I think Aug 31st will be at most.

The very least they could do is allow the opening of the trackside campsites + limited amount of GA ticket sales to the public,



delta0

1,280 posts

61 months

Powerfully Built PSC Director - Outside IR35 said:
from what I’ve read, there should be no reason, according to the law, why the 24 can’t go ahead...based on here: https://www.connexionfrance.com/French-news/Phase-...

Hotels, campsites, tourist accommodation such as gites and B&Bs, and holiday villages may now open in green zones.

So that’s the green light for the LM campsites, correct? Without a GA ticket, you can’t exit the campsites to get on the track. So the campsites are quite separate to the track.

Events and gatherings of more than 5,000 people are set to remain banned until at least August 31.

That means spectators will be able to attend because the ban ends Aug 31st...I know it says at least, but I think Aug 31st will be at most.

The very least they could do is allow the opening of the trackside campsites + limited amount of GA ticket sales to the public,
It is the public gathering one that is the one to focus on. That needs to be increased to at least 200k for a full capacity Le Mans event to go ahead. At the moment it is unknown to what number it will increase after the 31st August. The hope is everything goes well and the increase is at least enough to cover this event.
delta0 said:
It is the public gathering one that is the one to focus on. That needs to be increased to at least 200k for a full capacity Le Mans event to go ahead. At the moment it is unknown to what number it will increase after the 31st August. The hope is everything goes well and the increase is at least enough to cover this event.
It’s gonna be a loooooooong 2 months lol!!!

Great Dane

2,375 posts

121 months

FredericRobinson said:
Between them I imagine there'll be a fair bit of the Fillon family in Le Maine Libre this week
brother found guilty


lowdrag

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10,460 posts

168 months

Tuesday
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Great Dane said:
FredericRobinson said:
Between them I imagine there'll be a fair bit of the Fillon family in Le Maine Libre this week
brother found guilty
How the mighty have fallen! Paying your wife and two kids obscene salaries out of public funds as "Parliamentary aides". No presidency and first lady for them, but several years in an 8x8 for him. but they are appealing and as is the way of things in politics, he won't spend one day in prison in the end.

PS Just been out in the garden and a lot of noise from the circuit. No idea what cars are out there though.


Edited by lowdrag on Tuesday 30th June 08:16

wsn03

1,259 posts

56 months

Tuesday
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Whatever they announce could almost be taken with a pinch of salt - things are changing all the time and so quickly with this virus.

I was going to book a week before, might make it a day before

Vette_1978

3,047 posts

177 months

Tuesday
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wsn03 said:
Whatever they announce could almost be taken with a pinch of salt
Unless they announce spectators won’t be allowed, and that is their final decision. I’ll then be whimpering in the corner of the office like a baby. Just a glimmer of hope will be nice.

Vette_1978

3,047 posts

177 months

Tuesday
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The 88th 24 Hours of Le Mans will take place on 19–20 September, with a smaller crowd than usual. Entry will be granted to all racegoers who have already booked their tickets (until June 29). Ticket sales have been suspended until further notice, pending government announcements and according to the evolution of the Covid-19 pandemic. In the current circumstances, the 24 Hours of Le Mans will be using its global reach to emphasise the need for solidarity and responsibility, two watchwords that epitomise the values of endurance racing and the team spirit that has reigned over Le Mans since 1923.