As the 100th anniversary of the 24 Hours of Le Mans (June 10/11, 2023) draws near, anticipation grows with each passing day. Despite the absence of a definitive registration list, the Le Mans organizer, ACO, has gifted fans with an early present – the official schedule for all Le Mans days in June 2023! Revealed before the start of the new year, this schedule is sure to have racing enthusiasts counting down the days until this historic event.
To mark the 100th anniversary of the legendary 24h Le Mans race, a spectacular exhibition will unfold at the Le Mans Museum, nestled within the winding Circuit 24 Heures. On Thursday, June 1st, the exhibition will open its doors, igniting the excitement of the 2023 Le Mans days.
The following two days, Friday, June 2nd, and Saturday, June 3rd, the city of Le Mans will come alive as the highly anticipated public scrutineering of all vehicles entered for the 24-hour race takes center stage in the heart of downtown. This traditional event is a feast for the eyes, showcasing the prowess and power of the sleek race machines.
On Sunday, June 4th, the official pre-test will rev up the engines at the Circuit 24 Heures, as the vehicles take to the track for the first time, sending shivers down the spines of motorsport enthusiasts and setting the stage for a thrilling 24-hour race.
The pulse-pounding race week roars to life on Tuesday, June 6th, with a thrilling pit stop competition on the track followed by a fan-favorite autograph session, now held in the heart of the city.
On Wednesday, June 7th, the competition heats up with the first free practice session (FT1) and the all-important qualifying round on the racetrack. The qualifying session, which will determine the starting positions for the main event, takes place the following day.
Thursday, June 8th, sees the second free practice session (FT2) followed by the Hyperpole session, where the front grid positions in each class will be decided.
Friday, June 9th, offers a jam-packed day of excitement both on the track and in the city center, including the highly-anticipated drivers’ parade in the city center.
The main event kicks off on Saturday, June 10th with a parade on the track before the 100th running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans begins at 4:00 p.m. The finish line is set for Sunday, June 11th at 4:00 p.m., bringing the thrilling race week to a close.
This year, the legendary circuits of Le Mans will come alive with a myriad of electrifying events. From the timeless classic Le Mans Classic, taking place from June 30th to July 3rd, to the high-speed 24H Rollers and 23h60, on July 9th and 10th, there’s something for everyone.
Get ready for some revving engines and intense competition with the Rotax Max Challenge (Karting) from July 26th to 30th and the KZ World Championship (Karting) from September 1st to 4th.
For car enthusiasts, the Big Car Show on August 19th to 21st is not to be missed, while the 24H Vélo (Cycling) and 24H Open Kart 270cc on August 27th and 28th will showcase the endurance and speed of cyclists and kart racers.
The 24H Karting on September 23rd to 25th and the 24H Camions (Trucks) on September 24th and 25th are guaranteed to be crowd-pleasers, while the Porsche Sprint Challenge on October 21st and 22nd will feature some of the world’s most thrilling and powerful sports cars.
The Inter Ecuries and ACO Slalom on October 29th and 30th, and the 6 Hours Evo (Karting) on November 12th will keep the excitement levels high, and the Trophée Tourisme Endurance from November 11th to 13th will wrap up the year in style.
So, gear up for a year full of thrilling experiences and unforgettable memories at the circuits of Le Mans.
Le Mans 2023 Events
- 30 June-3 July: Le Mans Classic
- 9-10 July: 24H Rollers
- 9-10 July: 23h60
- 26-30 July: Rotax Max Challenge (Karting)
- 19-21 August: Big Car Show
- 27-28 August: 24H Vélo (Cycling)
- 27-28 August: 24H Open Kart 270cc
- 1-4 September: KZ World Championship (Karting)
- 23-25 September: 24H Karting
- 24-25 September: 24H Camions (Trucks)
- 21-22 October: Porsche Sprint Challenge
- 29-30 October: Inter Ecuries and ACO Slalom
- 12 November: 6 Hours Evo (Karting)
- 11-13 November: Trophée Tourisme Endurance