The 24-hours race at Le Mans is one of the highlights of the calendar for motorsports fans and this year Covid-19 put paid to running the event back in June. You may have watched the virtual race which took place instead - one which showcased sim racing to the masses - and enjoyed it almost as much.

Even if you didn't, the good news is that the real race is happening this weekend, 19-20 September.

For the uninitiated, Le Mans is perhaps the toughest motor race there is: 24 hours of non-stop racing that’s gruelling for both car and drivers.

Since the event is being run behind closed doors, you'll have to watch from home this year rather than making the trip to the Circuit de la Sarthe in France. Here's everything you need to know about catching the action on TV and online.

When is Le Mans 2020?

The race itself begins at 2.30pm local time on Saturday 19 September.

In the UK, that’s a 1.30pm start time.

Obviously, being a 24-hour race, it will conclude at 1.30pm local time on Sunday 20 September.

How can I watch Le Mans on TV?

Europe

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.

How to watch Le Mans 2020

UK

  • Eurosport 1 and Eurosport 1 HD

In 2019, viewers with Freeview or Freesat could watch a lot of Le Mans live on Quest but in 2020, there is so much sport happening this weekend - including the Tour de France finale - but Quest will be showing Superbikes rather than Le Mans.

So, there is unfortunately no way to watch Le Mans 24H on free-to-air TV this year.

If you're determined to watch the race for free without tuning into a pirated stream online, you might be able to take advantage of the 7-day free trial of Eurosport Player in conjunction with Amazon Prime with this special offer.

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 2020 online?

If you want to stream the entirety of 24H 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 for Android and iOS, but like the WEC app, that will also ask you to pay €9.99 to subscribe to watch the race live. It will only give you live timings and some highlights videos otherwise.

How to watch Le Mans 2020

How can I watch or stream Le Mans free?

As we've said, in the UK, the 2020 race is not being broadcast on free-to-air TV. If you're happy to listen to commentary in English, that's freely available from Radio Le Mans.

In France, the entire event will be broadcast on the free-to-air France 3 channel. And it will also be shown in various other countries on free-to-air TV.