For the first time ever British spectators at this year’s Le Mans 24 Hour Race will be able to follow the event on radio. Sponsored by Jaguar, Radio Le Mans will be on air for a total of 94 hours, broadcasting a full race commentary with documentaries, interviews, music and public announcements. The new station was recently officially launched by the 1986 World Sportscar Champion Derek Bell at the RAC’s Pall Mall club premises.
Radio Le Mans will goes air from Tuesday June 9 through to Sunday June 14, and full support for Radio Le Mans has been given by the race organisers, the Automobile Club de l’Ouest. At pesent no details are available about the station’s fregencies, but it will have a broadcasting range of 25km on FM.
Personal PA Ltd is the company responsible for the organisation of Radio Le Mans, and has run similar operations at Silverstone and Brands Hatch for the past two years during the British and European Grands Prix. A professional team of commentators will run the station. Harry Turner from Radio Le Mans said: “The Silk Cut Jaguar team knows that many of the British spectators who attend Le Mans do so to support it. The team feels strongly that this support should be recognised by an English language radio service.”