Le Mans 24H Moto: Weekend Schedule

Posted: 24th March 2017

The programme for the Le Mans 24 Hour round of the FIM Endurance World Championship has now been announced. Support races include Women, Twins and Triplets*...

All times are local CET. Tickets are available here: http://www.ticket.lemans.org

Thursday 13th April

10:00 – 12:00: FIM EWC Free practice
13:30 – 13:55: Sportwin Cup Qualifying 1
14:05 – 14:30: Women's Cup Qualifying 1 Series 1
14:40 – 15:05: Women's Cup Qualifying 1 Series 2
15:30 – 17:20: FIM EWC Qualifying 1
17:40 – 18:00: FIM Sidecars Free Practice
20:30 – 22:00: FIM EWC Night Practice

Friday 14th April

09:30 – 09:55: Sportwin Cup Qualifying 2
10:00 – 11:50: FIM EWC Qualifying 2
13:00 – 20:00: Exhibition – Japanese Riders at Le Mans
14:00 – 14:25: Women's Cup Qualifying 2 Series 1
14:35 – 15:05: FIM Sidecars Qualifying 1
15:20 – 15:45: Women's Cup Qualifying 2 Series 2
15:55 – 16:25: Sportwin Cup Race 1 (12 Laps)
16:35 – 17:05: FIM Sidecars Qualifying 2
17:20 – 17:50: Women's Cup Final Race B (12 Laps)
18:30 – 20:00: Pit Walk (Ticketed)
20:00 – 21:45: Stunt Show (Grandstands ticketed)

Saturday 15th April

09:00 – 09:30: Sportwin Cup Race 2 (12 Laps)
09:45-10:30: FIM EWC Warm Up
10:00 – 23:00: Exhibition – Japanese Riders at Le Mans
11:05 – 11:50: FIM Swidecar World Championship Race (18 Laps)
12:05 – 12:35: Women's Cup Final Race A (12 Laps)
13:00 – 15:00: FIM EWC Startline Attractions
15:00: FIM EWC Race Start (24 Hours)
21:30 – 23:00: Concert, featuring Matmatah.

Sunday 16th April

15:00: FIM EWC Race Finish

More information on the support races from the Le Mans organisers:

Women’s Cup

Motorcycle racing is attracting a growing number of female competitors. Last year, to celebrate this change, the women’s committee of the French motorcycling federation (FFM) introduced the Women’s Cup as a support race to the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The line-up embraces both novice and seasoned competitors, with 600cc or 1,000cc roadsters or sportbikes. Once again, the event is part of the 24 Hours Moto weekend schedule. In all, 88 riders will be competing, with Final A on Friday 14 April, 17:20–17:50 and Final B on Saturday 15, 12:05–12:35. Two 25-minute preliminary heats will be held on the Thursday and Friday. The race is proving popular with few places on the grid still up for grabs at time of writing. Don’t miss your chance to enter!

FIM Sidecar World Championship

The popularity of the FIM Sidecar World Championship has not dwindled and Le Mans is hosting the season opener this year, the first of six rounds. The spectacular race always attracts a crowd. Sidecar racing involves a two-person crew, a driver and a passenger, often known as a “monkey” whose acrobatic role is to transfer weight to gain traction. Sidecars have a purpose-built rigid chassis and a 600cc engine. The 30-minute qualifying sessions are scheduled at 14:35 and 16:35 on Friday 14 April, with the race itself on Saturday at 11:05 (45 minutes). Thirty sidecars will line up for the practice sessions but only 26 can qualify for the race. Friday’s sessions are therefore all-important!

Sportwin Cup

The 2017 Sportwin Cup starts at Le Mans. This is the first time crowds at the Le Mans 24 Hours Moto will be treated to a round of this event. The series is for twin-engine (two-cylinder) motorcycles, often prototypes. Machines range from 600 to 1,250cc (with 2 or 3 valves over 700cc). Practice and qualifying sessions accommodate 48 riders, with 44 qualified for the two races. Two 25-minute preliminary heats will be held on the Thursday and Friday. The 12-lap races are scheduled at 15:55 on Friday and 09:00 on Saturday. Riders will be thrilled to be the first Sportwin Cup competitors to race on the world-famous Bugatti track,

*Ok, sidecars....

Words: Martin Gelder, ACO. Photo, ACO.