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Eurosport to Broadcast 38 Hours of Le Mans Coverage

Eurosport to carry 38 hours of coverage for this year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans…

Eurosport will show 38 hours of original programming in the lead up to, and during this year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans, including live coverage of every practice and qualifying session and interviews in Le Mans Extra LIVE.

Eurosport Germany, meanwhile, is set to break the world record for the longest live broadcast of a single sporting event with 26-and-a-half hours of continuous coverage from Saturday afternoon through to Sunday.

As part of its build up to this year’s main event, Legends of Le Mans – an original Eurosport production filmed in Le Mans – will see nine-time race winner Tom Kristensen test four vintage cars to give a never-been-seen-before insight into what it was like to drive them around the legendary 13.6km circuit.

Kristensen will drive the 1924 Bentley, 1949 Ferrari 166 MM, 1967 Ford GT 40 and 1974 Matra SIMCA, four iconic cars synonymous with Le Mans.

The three-part mini-series airs within Le Mans Extra on Wed. June 13 (9:45 p.m.) and Thurs. June 14 (9 p.m.) All three episodes will be repeated in full in the build-up to the race on Sat. June 16 (1 p.m.) on Eurosport 1 and Eurosport Player.

Kristensen will spearhead Eurosport’s live coverage of the main race starting on Saturday 16 June, analyzing the best of the action as it happens during an eight-episode ‘series’ of The Coach.

He will be accompanied in the studio by Neil Cole, showcasing best-in-class innovations and augmented reality and presented from Eurosport’s on-site studio in Le Mans.

As well as having the most decorated Le Mans driver in history as part of its team, Eurosport will have Jennie Gow and Sam Hancock in the pit lane making sure fans are aware of everything going on behind-the-scenes during the race.

Former Le Mans winners Eric Helary, Benoit Treluyer and Henri Pescarolo will also join Kristensen on commentating duties for the network.

“With its prestige and incredible history, Le Mans remains one of the highlights on the sporting calendar and we’re incredibly excited to deliver an unrivaled program of activity which showcases the very best of Eurosport,” said Emir Osmanbegovic, SVP Sports Content and Production at Eurosport.

“We have the best build-up, the best experts and the best innovations. In short, Eurosport has every corner covered in 2018.”

Nine-time Le Mans winner Kristensen added: “I feel blessed to be able to offer my opinions about a race I have so much affection for to millions of viewers across Europe on Eurosport.

“Eurosport has a fantastic build-up to the race with lots of brilliant shows, including the Legends of Le Mans series which was so much fun to film. As someone who has so much respect for the heritage and history of the event, it was a real thrill to take a step back in time and experience some of the most iconic cars of years gone by.”

The race will be shown to millions of fans in over 100 markets and territories across the Eurosport network in Europe and Asia-Pacific region with local on-site commentary teams in English, French, German, Polish and Spanish.

The Eurosport commentary feed will also be carried on Velocity in the U.S., which will offer live and uninterrupted coverage of the race.

Program Schedule (all times CEST):

Wed. June 13
16-20h: Free Practice LIVE on Eurosport
2145-22h: Le Mans Extra LIVE
22-24h: Qualifying 1 LIVE on Eurosport

Thurs. June 14
1845-19h: Le Mans Extra LIVE
19-21h: Qualifying 2 LIVE on Eurosport
21-22h: Le Mans Extra LIVE 
22-24h: Qualifying 3 LIVE on Eurosport

Fri. June 15
0835-10h: Qualifying Highlights

Sat. June 16
9-9.45h: Le Mans 24h Warm Up
13h: Pre-race coverage
1430-1500h: The Grid LIVE 
1500h: Le Mans 24h of Le Mans starts

Sun. June 17
2030-2130h: Best of 2018 

*All programmes on linear on Eurosport 1

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11 Comments

11 Comments

  1. Mark - Toronto

    June 6, 2018 at 7:51 am

    “The Eurosport commentary feed will also be carried on Velocity in the U.S. …”
    Does this mean that the Canadian Velocity channel is not carrying the WEC events in 2018? As we know, Belgium was not broadcast. But I haven’t been able to verify if that was an error, or indicative of the original WEC release being incorrect when including Canada.

  2. Andy

    June 6, 2018 at 8:38 am

    Nice to see LeMans being moved to a channel not available outside of satellite in the area, can’t get Velocity even if I wanted it on the only cable option available at the house. Yup, that’s a positive move from FS there ACO. Let me just buy the damn coverage direct again and stop pretending back to a closed service is an upgrade.

    • Blaneysellstrashbags@Ring24

      June 6, 2018 at 10:09 am

      What part of the world ya live in Andy?

      • Andy

        June 6, 2018 at 7:53 pm

        Outside of Atlanta and Comcast doesn’thave Velocity available at any tier on the current lineup here. No matter what I pay I can’t watch, yup, that’s better coverage. Made plans to do other stuff all weekend for the first time in 20 years, think I’ll get more done and feel better that next week but it’s a change. Literally one zip code away and it’s on a high digital tier sportspack but it looks like well over $100/month for that tv package, currently 8 bucks for basic to get their highspeed as it’s the only on offer for my address. No Bellsouth, Cox, AT&T, etc, hopefully Google Fiber soon though.

        And I just can’t talk RLM any more, they miss so much and have almost as many spots and features as FS does. Used to be premier coverage but no longer sadly.

        • Larry

          June 6, 2018 at 8:22 pm

          Hey Andy, DISH NETWORK, and you can have it before the race.

          • Andy

            June 6, 2018 at 10:20 pm

            And have a dish on my house, and cut my trees to get signal, and lose signal in the spring and late summer with storms, and get slower internet. Just to watch something because they sold it to a high number specialty channel. Doesn’t seem like an even trade and sadly Discovery seems to think streaming isn’t a viable future so they blocked Dish from adding them to Sling streaming TV

        • John

          June 6, 2018 at 11:45 pm

          Directv Now has Velocity on the cheapest $35 tier.

          You can even do one of the promos and have a streaming box to keep if you decide to cancel after the prepaid service period is up.

          If you already have a box, or computer that can cast to a tv, just buy one month and cancel.

  3. Matt

    June 6, 2018 at 6:10 pm

    Sounds like us canadian fans are getting shafted this year. This is incredibly disappointing…

    • Mark - Toronto

      June 7, 2018 at 7:45 am

      Well, I ended up getting Motor Trend On Demand for Spa when I realized it was not going to be shown in Canada. But I know others were hoping to get the coverage on Velocity here, and are not necessarily going to get a streaming service. My first experience with another “motorsport” streaming service was disappointing. So I was somewhat leery. But I have to say I have used it a number of times since for other series. There is more to choose from with them than some other similar services.

    • Mark Thurygill

      June 8, 2018 at 6:07 pm

      FYI – just checked out the Bell media site, and it seems Le Mans is being shown after all on Velocity in Canada. Not sure about the rest of the rounds, but it states “live coverage beginning Saturday, June 16 at 8:30 a.m. ET / 5:30 a.m. PT through to the culmination of the race on Sunday, June 17”. Not sure if I can post a URL here, so Google “Discovery Velocity Canada Le Mans” if you want more details.

  4. Babe

    June 7, 2018 at 6:18 am

    Welp, looks like I’ll be doing the ol VPN and stream chasing shuffle again. Thanks a bunch to the bone heads who geo blocked the WEC app in the States. Big upgrade!! Effing idiots…

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