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Places of Interest - 24 Hour Le Mans

 

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The 24 Hours of Le Mans is the world's oldest active sports car race in endurance racing, held annually since 1923 near the town of Le Mans, France. The race is organised by the Automobile Club de l'Ouest (ACO) and runs on the Circuit de la Sarthe, a circuit containing a mix of closed public roads and specialist motor racing circuit that are meant not only to test a car and driver's ability to be quick, but also to last over a 24 hour period. The race is held near the height of the European summer in June. The race begins in mid-afternoon, racing through the night and following morning before finishing at the same time the race started, the following day. The race has over the years inspired imitating races all over the globe, popularising the 24-hour format at places like Daytona, Nürburgring, Spa-Francorchamps, Sebring and Mount Panorama.

The 24 Hours of Le Mans Moto (24 Heures Moto) is a motorcycle endurance race held annually since 1978 on the Bugatti Circuit Le Mans and is organized by the Automobile Club de l'Ouest (ACO). It is part of the Endurance FIM World Championship and now takes place every spring.