Le Mans is perhaps the toughest 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 on the calendar and a fantastic event to attend whether you’re camping, glamping or living it up in a 5-star hotel. But for the rest of us who won't be at the Circuit de la Sarthe in France there’s always TV and streaming coverage of the event to enjoy.
When is Le Mans 2019?
The race itself begins at 3pm local time in France on Saturday 15 June.
In the UK, that’s a 2pm start time. It’s 6am in California, and 9am 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 3pm local time on Sunday.
How can I watch Le Mans on TV?
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.
To watch, you'll need a subscription to use Eurosport Player costs £6.99 per month or £39.99 per year.
If you want to watch the race for free, you can can get a 7-day free trial of Eurosport Player in conjunction with Amazon Prime with this special offer.
UK viewers with Freeview or Freesat can watch a lot of Le Mans live on Quest (Freeview channel 37; Freesat channel 167). Plus, if you weren't aware Quest is now available in HD on Freeview channel 114.
Coverage from Quest includes the start, 1.45-4pm BST, night racing, 12-6am BST, and the finish, 10am-2.45pm on Sunday 16 June.
US / Canada
For those in the US and Canada, your best option is to watch on Motortrend on cable (previously called Velocity).
How can I stream Le Mans 2019 online?
If you want to stream the entirety of 2019 Le Mans as a one-off event you can buy a pass on the official WEC website for 9.99 € (around £9). 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. Alternatively, you can watch online via MotorTrend On Demand, which requires a subscription but also offers a free trial if you haven't subscribed before.
You can also view the stream through the official 24H 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. Watching the race requires and in-app purchase, though.
There are bound to be a number of pirate streams, but naturally we won’t be linking to any of them here.
How can I watch or stream Le Mans free?
As we've said, if you already have access to the Quest TV channel in the UK, you can watch various parts of the race live for nothing as Quest is a free-to-air channel.
In France, the entire event will be broadcast on the free-to-air France TV, and
If you're happy to listen to commentary in English, that's freely available from Radio Le Mans.