Eurosport (including their British channels) have retained the 24 Hours of Le Mans for the next three years, it has been confirmed this morning. The announcement, made on the eve of the 2013 race, means that both British Eurosport and their sister channel British Eurosport 2 will broadcast live coverage of the event from 2014 through to 2016.
The agreement also covers the remaining rounds of the FIA World Endurance Championship, which the channel will cover the final hour of for each race. Pierre Fillon, President of the Automobile Club de l’Ouest said “We made a commitment to our partners to develop the television coverage of the 24 Heures du Mans and the FIA World Endurance Championship. This new agreement with Eurosport shows that this is just what we’ve done. We already have a comprehensive network of TV coverage of our races throughout the world, spearheaded by the 24 Heures du Mans, and this deal strengthens that network.”
Jean-Thierry Augustin, CEO Eurosport Group says: “Le Mans 24 Hours is the most famous car racing event in history and one of the highlights of our programming. Viewers will not miss a minute of the race wherever they are, with our round-the-clock live coverage on air, online and on mobile. They will also enjoy unique editorial extras brought each year by our teams on site. The extension of our long-standing relationship with ACO also enables us to guarantee fans the very best of endurance racing throughout the whole season with eight rounds of the FIA WEC.”
This year’s schedule, also live on British Eurosport, can be found here.