Le Mans 24H Moto: Weekend Schedule

Posted: 16th April 2018

The programme for the Le Mans 24 Hour round of the FIM Endurance World Championship - Support races include FIM Sidecars, Championnat de France VMA, Women's Cup, DCF/La Furia di Bologna - Concerts from The Yelbows and The Chris Slade Timeline...

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

Thursday 19th April

10:00 – 12:00: FIM EWC Free practice
13:00 – 13:20: Championnat de France VMA
13:35 - 14:00: Women's Cup Free Practice Series 1
14:10 – 14:35: Women's Cup Free Practice Series 2
15:1 – 17:00: FIM EWC Qualifying 1
17:10 – 17:30: FIM Sidecars Free Practice
17:10 – 18:10: DCF/La Furia di Bologna 1st Timed Practice
18:20 – 18:40: Championnat Proclassic Free Practice
20:30 – 22:00: FIM EWC Night Practice

Friday 20th April

09:00 – 09:25: Women's Cup 1st Timed Practice Series 1
09:35 – 10:00: Women's Cup 1st Timed Practice Series 2
10:15 – 12:05: FIM EWC Qualifying 2
12:15 – 12:40: DCF/La Furia di Bologna 2nd Timed Practice
13:25 – 13:45: FIM Sidecars Qualifying 1
14:00 - 14:20: Championnat Proclassic Timed Practice
14:35 - 15:05: Women's Cup Final Race B (12 Laps)
15:20 - 15:50: DCF/La Furia di Bologna 1st Race (12 Laps)
16:05 - 16:30: Championnat de France VMA 1st Race (11 Laps)
16:45 - 17:05: Championnat Proclassic 1st Race (11 Laps)
15:15 - 17:35: FIM Sidecars Qualifying 2
17:50 - 18:20: DCF/La Furia di Bologna 2nd Race (12 Laps)
18:25 - 19:00: Media Laps
18:30 – 20:00: Pit Walk (Ticketed)
20:15 - 21:10: Meeting legends "40 years"
21:10 - 22:10: Exhibitions

Saturday 21st April

09:00 – 09:30: Championnat de France VMA 2nd Race (11 Laps)
09:40 - 10:10: Women's Cup Final Race A (12 Laps)
10:25 - 11:10: FIM EWC Warm Up
11:25 - 11:45: Championnat Proclassic 2nd Race (11 Laps)
12:00 - 12:40: FIM Sidecars Race (18 Laps)
12:55 - 13:05: Parade "40 years"
13:10 - 13:20: ACO product presentation
13:25– 15:00: FIM EWC Startline Attractions
15:00: FIM EWC Race Start (24 Hours)
21:00 – 22:00: Concert - The Yellbows
22:15 – 24:00: Concert - The Chris Slade Timeline

Sunday 22nd April

15:00: FIM EWC Race Finish

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

Women’s Cup

Growing numbers of female competitors are attracted to motorcycle racing. In 2016, the Women’s Cup was staged for the first time as a support race to the 24 Heures Motos. This season, the championship will take in four races, with the first held at the Bugatti circuit in Le Mans. The line-up embraces both novice and seasoned riders, competing in 600 cc, 1000 cc roadster and sportsbike classes.

FIM Sidecar World Championship

The FIM Sidecar World Championship is back in town with Le Mans the stage of the season-opener this year, the first of seven rounds. The spectacular race always attracts a crowd. Sidecar racing involves a two-person crew: a driver or “pilot” and a passenger, often known as a “monkey” whose acrobatic role is to transfer weight to gain traction.

VMA French Championship

The Bugatti will host the second of the nine rounds that make up the Championnat de France de Vitesse en Motos Anciennes for vintage and classic motorcycles. Around forty riders across two classes are expected on the starting grid. The Vintage class features machines from 1966 to 1970 such as the Ducati 350, the Honda 350 and the Yamaha 350, while the Classic category comprises motorcycles ranging from 350 cc to 1000 cc built by Honda, Ducati, BSA and many others between 1979 and 1981.

Words: Martin Gelder, ACO. Photo, ACO.