The 84th running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans is underway behind the safety car.
Heavy rain began to fall while the cars lined up on the grid, and the decision was taken to allow the conditions to improve and give the drivers a few laps to acclimatize to the standing water before the green flags wave.
Adverse weather has been a feature of much of the week’s running, with Thursday’s qualifying three interrupted by red flags due to the rain.
58 cars took the start, with the No. 67 Ford GT that was due to start fourth in GTE-Pro and the No. 4 ByKolles CLM P1/01 AER both undergoing repairs in the garage.