Motorsport

June 12 2017

Eurosport gears up for bumper coverage of Le Mans 24h

June 12 2017

Fans will be in for the drive of their life when the toughest, oldest and most exciting motor race in the world – the Le Man 24 Hours – returns to Eurosport screens this week.

With nine-time Le Mans winner Tom Kristensen – aka Mr Le Mans - providing the very best analysis, Eurosport will show 38 HOURS of Le Mans action that includes all the build-up to the big race as well as the main event itself.

Racing legends from all over the world are set to take their place on the starting grid with Rubens Barrichello, Anthony Davidson, Giancarlo Fisichella, Sebastien Buemi and Bruno Senna just five of the names confirmed to take part.

Eurosport will broadcast every single lap of the race from lights out to the chequered flag, using best-in-class innovations throughout. Kristensen will take fans to places where they wouldn’t have even dared to venture during the race as he dissects iconic sections of the circuit using augmented reality. In Le Mans Coach, Kristensen will analyse the race as it happens with the new LIVE data tool from Eurosport’s on-site studio.

But Le Mans is more than a 24-hour race. It’s about the hype and glamour. And the best build up to the Le Mans 24 Hour race is on Eurosport with a host of brilliant shows that includes a look back to the famous race from last year in the Best of 2016 as well as Le Mans Extra, a daily magazine show featuring news, views and interviews from the famous circuit. Eurosport will also broadcast each practice session and qualifying session live and a final Best Of Le Mans show on Sunday 20.30 CEST will wrap up the weekend’s festivities.

At home, at work or on-the-go, there is simply no excuse to miss that breathtaking overtaking manoeuvre or stunning turn of speed with every minute broadcast live on the Eurosport Player, available online via Eurosport.com and on tablets and smartphones simply by downloading the Eurosport Player app.

Eurosport CEO Peter Hutton said: “If you are a motorsport fan, the Le Mans 24h race is an event you have marked down in your diary. It is one of the iconic races on the calendar and we are once again delighted to be able to bring the action to viewers across Europe.

“Whether it be through our use of technologies in The Coach, telling the story of the great race in the lead up, or ensuring viewers have the opportunity to watch every moment, Eurosport has every corner covered in 2017.”

Le Mans Coach and nine-time Le Mans champion Tom Kristensen said: “It’s no secret that Le Mans is a circuit close to my heart. I hold many fantastic memories from the place already and I’m looking forward to being involved in the action once again – albeit not behind the wheel - working for Eurosport.

“Eurosport is always looking to innovate and to be employed as Le Mans Coach during the race I think will add a whole new dimension to the viewer experience.”

The Le Mans 24 Hours extravaganza will be broadcast in 56 territories in Europe and 50 territories across the Asia Pacific region with local on-site commentary teams calling every moment in English, Polish, French and German.

Le Mans 24 Hours programming schedule highlights, Monday 12 June-Sunday 18 June: Monday – Best of 2016; Tuesday – Best of 2016; Wednesday – Le Mans Extra, Official Practice LIVE; Official Qualifying LIVE; Thursday – Le Mans Extra, Official Qualifying LIVE; Friday – Qualifying Highlights; Saturday – Le Mans Extra, LIVE coverage of Le Mans 24h; Sunday LIVE coverage of Le Mans 24h, Le Mans Extra, Best of 2017

Le Mans 24 Hours will be available in the following territories in Europe: Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Kosovo, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malta, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, San Marino, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Turkey, United Kingdom, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Vatican State.

Le Mans 24 Hours will be available in the following territories in the Asia-Pacific region: Afghanistan, Australia, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brunei, Cambodia, Cook Islands, East Timor, Fiji, Federated States of Micronesia, French Polynesia, Guam, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Kiribati Islands, Laos, Macau, Malaysia, Maldives, Marshall Islands, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nauru, New Caledonia, Nepal, New Zealand, Niue, North Korea, North Mariana Islands, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Palau, Philippines, Pitcairn Islands, Samoa, Singapore, Solomon Islands, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu, Vietnam, Wallis & Futuna Islands.