The 24 Hours of Le Mans and the 8 Hours of Oschersleben have both been postponed due to COVID-19. Both of the 2021 FIM Endurance World Championship races were scheduled for later this year. The 24 Hours of Le Mans was scheduled to take place in mid-April but will now be held on the 12th and 13th of June. The 8 Hours of Oschersleben has also been postponed from its original date on the 23rd of May, however, a later date is yet to be organised.
In early April, the 24 Hours of Le Mans organizer Automobile Club de l’Ouest, the International Motorcycling Federation FIM and Eurosport Events, and the FIM Endurance World Championship promoter announced the postponement. This was due to the current burden on hospitals. On the 12th and 13th of June, the 24 Hours of Le Mans will take place on the Bugatti circuit. It will be taking place behind closed doors, much like 2020, due to the pandemic.
As restrictions have tightened in Germany, the 8 Hours of Oschersleben will not occur on the 23rd of May. Later dates are currently being looked into by the organiser, FIM and Eurosports Events to keep the race on the 2021 calendar.
The FIM EWC Twitter page published a post in regard to this rescheduling, which can be found below.
The following are statements from the organiser, the President of FIM and the Head of Eurosports Events.
Pierre Fillon, President of the ACO, organizer of the 24 Hours of Le Mans
“Since the beginning of the crisis, our main objective has been to hold our races whenever possible. It is vital for the contestants and their partners and the championship’s continuity that the race takes place, even behind closed doors. We will once again do our utmost to ensure that this edition, which is set to be another exhilarating race, gets maximum publicity.”
François Ribeiro, Head of Eurosport Events
“The new date for the 24 Hours of Le Mans is essential for the FIM Endurance World Championship and all competing teams. Eurosport Events will go all out to make sure that the broadcast of this race behind closed doors is a thrilling experience for French fans and viewers worldwide. We are also making every effort in Germany to find a later date for the 8 Hours of Oschersleben.”
Jorge Viegas, President of the FIM
“I would like to warmly thank the Automobile Club de l’Ouest, Motorsport Arena Oschersleben, the promoter Eurosport Events and all the stakeholders involved for their continuous efforts to reorganise the dates of two major events in the FIM EWC. We really hope that it will be possible to postpone the 8 Hours of Oschersleben for as short a period as the health situation allows. We can’t wait for the season to start on 12-13 June at the Bugatti Circuit. This good news restores positive energy in these complicated times. The many registered teams will have another chance to fight soon for what promises to be an unforgettable edition of the 24 Hours Motos.”