Le Mans is perhaps the hardest motor race there is, 24 hours of non-stop racing that’s gruelling for both car and drivers. It’s also one of the most prestigious and a fantastic event to attend whether you’re camping, glamping or 5-star hotelling.
But for the rest of us who can’t get to Le Mans, there’s always TV and streaming coverage of the event to enjoy.
When is Le Mans 2018?
Qualifying takes place on 13/14 June, with the race itself beginning at 2.30pm local time in France on Saturday 16 June.
In the UK, that’s a 1.30pm start time. It’s 5.30am in California, and 8.30am in New York.
Sunset is at 10pm local time should you want to watch the transition from day to night, and it rises at 6am.
Obviously, being a 24-hour race, it will conclude at 2.30pm local time on Sunday.
How can I watch Le Mans?
If you’re in Europe, including in the UK, you can watch live on Eurosport 1 and Eurosport 1 HD.
To watch Eurosport you’ll need the appropriate package or bundle for Sky, BT TV or Virgin. However, if you don’t have any of those services, you can watch Eurosport via its own app, but there’s no free way to access the channel.
A subscription to use Eurosport Player costs £6.99 per month or £39.99 per year, and there’s a handy 7-day free trial if you haven’t tried it before.
If you’re an Amazon Prime member, you can get Eurosport Player for only £4.99 per month with this special offer.
UK viewers with Freeview or Freesat can watch various parts of Le Mans live on Quest (Freeview channel 37; Freesat channel 167).
Those include the start, 1-3pm BST, night racing, 10-11pm BST, and the finish, 10am-2.30pm on Sunday 17 June.
For those in the US and Canada, you’ll find live coverage on Velocity, a cable channel. This will simply be a re-broadcast of the Eurosport feed.
If you just want to stream the entirety of 2018 Le Mans as a one-off event you can buy a pass on the official WEC website for 9.99 Euros (around US$12). However, know that this isn’t available to watch in the US or Canada as it is region-locked, and will therefore require a VPN service. We'd recommend NordVPN. You can view the stream through the official Le Mans app.
It is perhaps the best way to watch as you get a number of extras including live timings, the ability to swap between on-board views and access the whole thing for up to three weeks after the race.
There are bound to be a number of pirate streams, but naturally we won’t be linking to any of them here.
What can I watch for free?
As we've said, if you already have access to the Quest TV channel, you can watch various parts of the race live for nothing as Quest is a free-to-air channel.