Gallery: Latest photos of Le Mans 24 Hours build-up

The 88th running of the Le Mans 24 Hours takes place this weekend, but the effects of the global coronavirus pandemic will make this year’s edition of the French classic different from any other.

Gallery: Latest photos of Le Mans 24 Hours build-up

As well as taking place in September instead of the usual June slot, the absence of fans in the grandstands, village and campsites has robbed the Circuit de la Sarthe of its usual festive atmosphere. Scrutineering is also taking place at the track and not in the city centre as usual.

Still, the on-track competition promises to be as fierce as ever, with the 24-car LMP2 field and 22-car GTE Am battle in particular set to provide thrilling action. A condensed practice schedule, more night-time running and the threat of rain also have the potential to make it one of the most challenging editions of recent times.

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Check out all the best photos from La Sarthe as teams prepare for the biggest endurance race of the year – click on the arrows on the images below to cycle through them:

#8 Toyota Gazoo Racing Toyota TS050 with Mike Conway, Kamui Kobayashi, Jose Maria Lopez and Sébastien Buemi, Kazuki Nakajima, Brendon Hartley
#8 Toyota Gazoo Racing Toyota TS050 with Mike Conway, Kamui Kobayashi, Jose Maria Lopez and Sébastien Buemi, Kazuki Nakajima, Brendon Hartley
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#3 Rebellion Racing Rebellion R-13: Gibson Romain Dumas, Nathanaël Berthon, Louis Delétraz
#3 Rebellion Racing Rebellion R-13: Gibson Romain Dumas, Nathanaël Berthon, Louis Delétraz
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Photo by: Rainier Ehrhardt

#36 Signatech Alpine Matmut Alpine A470: Thomas Laurent, André Negrão, Pierre Ragues
#36 Signatech Alpine Matmut Alpine A470: Thomas Laurent, André Negrão, Pierre Ragues
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Photo by: Rainier Ehrhardt

#34 Inter Europol Competition Ligier JSP217 - Gibson: Jakub Smiechowski, Rene Binder, Matevos Isaakyan
#34 Inter Europol Competition Ligier JSP217 - Gibson: Jakub Smiechowski, Rene Binder, Matevos Isaakyan
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#30 Duqueine Team Oreca 07 - Gibson: Jonathan Hirschi, Konstantin Tereschenko, Tristan Gommendy
#30 Duqueine Team Oreca 07 - Gibson: Jonathan Hirschi, Konstantin Tereschenko, Tristan Gommendy
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#50 Richard Mille Racing Team Oreca 07 - Gibson: Tatiana Calderon, Sophia Flörsch, Beitske Visser
#50 Richard Mille Racing Team Oreca 07 - Gibson: Tatiana Calderon, Sophia Flörsch, Beitske Visser
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#28 IDEC Sport Oreca 07 - Gibson: Paul Lafargue, Paul-Loup Chatin, Richard Bradley
#28 IDEC Sport Oreca 07 - Gibson: Paul Lafargue, Paul-Loup Chatin, Richard Bradley
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Photo by: Rainier Ehrhardt

#91 Porsche GT Team - Porsche 911 RSR - 19: Richard Lietz, Gianmaria Bruni, Frédéric Makowiecki
#91 Porsche GT Team - Porsche 911 RSR - 19: Richard Lietz, Gianmaria Bruni, Frédéric Makowiecki
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Photo by: Paul Foster

#97 Aston Martin Racing - Aston Martin Vantage AMR: Alex Lynn, Maxime Martin, Harry Tincknell
#97 Aston Martin Racing - Aston Martin Vantage AMR: Alex Lynn, Maxime Martin, Harry Tincknell
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Photo by: Paul Foster

#97 Aston Martin Racing - Aston Martin Vantage AMR: Alex Lynn, Maxime Martin, Harry Tincknell
#97 Aston Martin Racing - Aston Martin Vantage AMR: Alex Lynn, Maxime Martin, Harry Tincknell
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Photo by: Paul Foster

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Motorsport.com signage
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#51 AF Corse Ferrari 488 GTE EVO: Alessandro Pier Guidi, James Calado, Daniel Serra
#51 AF Corse Ferrari 488 GTE EVO: Alessandro Pier Guidi, James Calado, Daniel Serra
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#82 Risi Competizione Ferrari 488 GTE Evo: Olivier Pla, Sébastien Bourdais, Jules Gounon
#82 Risi Competizione Ferrari 488 GTE Evo: Olivier Pla, Sébastien Bourdais, Jules Gounon
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#92 Porsche GT Team - Porsche 911 RSR - 19: Michael Christensen, Kevin Estre, Laurens Vanthoor
#92 Porsche GT Team - Porsche 911 RSR - 19: Michael Christensen, Kevin Estre, Laurens Vanthoor
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Photo by: Paul Foster

#97 Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin Vantage AMR: Alex Lynn, Maxime Martin, Harry Tincknell, #98 Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin Vantage: Paul Dalla Lana, Augusto Farfus, Ross Gunn, #95 Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin Vantage AMR: Marco Sorensen, Nicki Thiim, Richard Westbrook
#97 Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin Vantage AMR: Alex Lynn, Maxime Martin, Harry Tincknell, #98 Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin Vantage: Paul Dalla Lana, Augusto Farfus, Ross Gunn, #95 Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin Vantage AMR: Marco Sorensen, Nicki Thiim, Richard Westbrook
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#78 Proton Competition - Porsche 911 RSR: Horst Felbermayr jr, Michele Beretta, Max Van Splunteren
#78 Proton Competition - Porsche 911 RSR: Horst Felbermayr jr, Michele Beretta, Max Van Splunteren
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Photo by: Paul Foster

#61 Luzich Racing - Ferrari 488 GTE Evo: Francesco Piovanetti, Oswaldo Negri, Come Ledogar
#61 Luzich Racing - Ferrari 488 GTE Evo: Francesco Piovanetti, Oswaldo Negri, Come Ledogar
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#99 Dempsey-Proton Racing - Porsche 911 RSR: Vutthikorn Inthraphuvasak, Lucas Légeret, Julien Piguet
#99 Dempsey-Proton Racing - Porsche 911 RSR: Vutthikorn Inthraphuvasak, Lucas Légeret, Julien Piguet
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#88 Dempsey-Proton Racing - Porsche 911 RSR: Thomas Preining, Dominique Bastien, Adrien De Leener
#88 Dempsey-Proton Racing - Porsche 911 RSR: Thomas Preining, Dominique Bastien, Adrien De Leener
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Photo by: Paul Foster

#72 Hub Auto Racing - Ferrari 488 GTE Evo: Morris Chen, Tom Blomqvist, Marcos Gomes
#72 Hub Auto Racing - Ferrari 488 GTE Evo: Morris Chen, Tom Blomqvist, Marcos Gomes
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Photo by: Paul Foster

#70 MR Racing - Ferrari 488 GTE Evo: Takeshi Kimura, Vincent Abril, Kei Cozzolino
#70 MR Racing - Ferrari 488 GTE Evo: Takeshi Kimura, Vincent Abril, Kei Cozzolino
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Photo by: Paul Foster

#55 Spirit of Race - Ferrari 488 GTE EVO: Duncan Cameron, Aaron Scott, Matthew Griffin
#55 Spirit of Race - Ferrari 488 GTE EVO: Duncan Cameron, Aaron Scott, Matthew Griffin
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#85 Iron Lynx - Ferrari 488 GTE Evo: Manuela Gostner, Rahel Frey, Michelle Gatting
#85 Iron Lynx - Ferrari 488 GTE Evo: Manuela Gostner, Rahel Frey, Michelle Gatting
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#54 AF Corse Ferrari 488 GTE EVO: Thomas Flohr, Francesco Castellacci, Giancarlo Fisichella
#54 AF Corse Ferrari 488 GTE EVO: Thomas Flohr, Francesco Castellacci, Giancarlo Fisichella
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#52 AF Corse Ferrari 488 GTE Evo: Cristoph Ulrich, Steffen Görig, Alexander
#52 AF Corse Ferrari 488 GTE Evo: Cristoph Ulrich, Steffen Görig, Alexander
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Photo by: Rainier Ehrhardt

#29 Racing Team Nederland Dallara P217: Frits Van Eerd, Giedo Van Der Garde, Nyck De Vries
#29 Racing Team Nederland Dallara P217: Frits Van Eerd, Giedo Van Der Garde, Nyck De Vries
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Photo by: Rainier Ehrhardt

#90 TF Sport Aston Martin Vantage: Salih Yoluc, Charles Eastwood, Jonathan Adam
#90 TF Sport Aston Martin Vantage: Salih Yoluc, Charles Eastwood, Jonathan Adam
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Photo by: Rainier Ehrhardt

Track
Track
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Photo by: Paul Foster

Le Mans circuit overview
Le Mans circuit overview
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#95 Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin Vantage AMR
#95 Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin Vantage AMR
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Photo by: Sam Bloxham / Motorsport Images

#26 G-Drive Racing Aurus 01 - Gibson: Roman Rusinov, Jean-Eric Vergne, Mikkel Jensen
#26 G-Drive Racing Aurus 01 - Gibson: Roman Rusinov, Jean-Eric Vergne, Mikkel Jensen
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Photo by: Sam Bloxham / Motorsport Images

#17 IDEC Sport Oreca 07 - Gibson: Kyle Tilley
#17 IDEC Sport Oreca 07 - Gibson: Kyle Tilley
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Photo by: Sam Bloxham / Motorsport Images

#26 G-Drive Racing Aurus 01 - Gibson: Roman Rusinov, Jean-Eric Vergne, Mikkel Jensen
#26 G-Drive Racing Aurus 01 - Gibson: Roman Rusinov, Jean-Eric Vergne, Mikkel Jensen
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#61 Luzich Racing - Ferrari 488 GTE Evo: Francesco Piovanetti, Oswaldo Negri, Come Ledogar
#61 Luzich Racing - Ferrari 488 GTE Evo: Francesco Piovanetti, Oswaldo Negri, Come Ledogar
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Photo by: Paul Foster

#36 Signatech Alpine Matmut Alpine A470
#36 Signatech Alpine Matmut Alpine A470
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Photo by: Rainier Ehrhardt

1992 Peugeot 905  
1992 Peugeot 905  
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Photo by: Rainier Ehrhardt

Six Porsche winners: Porsche 936/81 Spyder, Porsche 919 Hybrid, 1971 Porsche 917 KH #22, Porsche 911 GT1 98, Porsche 962 C and 1970 Porsche 917 KH #23
Six Porsche winners: Porsche 936/81 Spyder, Porsche 919 Hybrid, 1971 Porsche 917 KH #22, Porsche 911 GT1 98, Porsche 962 C and 1970 Porsche 917 KH #23
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Photo by: Remi Dargegen

#7 Toyota Gazoo Racing Toyota TS050
#7 Toyota Gazoo Racing Toyota TS050
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Photo by: Sam Bloxham / Motorsport Images

#25 Algarve Pro Racing Oreca 07 - Gibson: Simon Trummer
#25 Algarve Pro Racing Oreca 07 - Gibson: Simon Trummer
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#39 So24-Has By Graff Oreca 07 - Gibson: James Allen, Vincent Capillaire, Charles Milesi
#39 So24-Has By Graff Oreca 07 - Gibson: James Allen, Vincent Capillaire, Charles Milesi
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Photo by: Sam Bloxham / Motorsport Images

Rebellion Racing Rebellion R-13, detail
Rebellion Racing Rebellion R-13, detail
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Photo by: Sam Bloxham / Motorsport Images

#97 Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin Vantage AMR
#97 Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin Vantage AMR
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Photo by: Rainier Ehrhardt

#50 Richard Mille Racing Team Oreca 07 - Gibson
#50 Richard Mille Racing Team Oreca 07 - Gibson
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Photo by: Rainier Ehrhardt

#50 Richard Mille Racing Team Oreca 07 - Gibson: Tatiana Calderon
#50 Richard Mille Racing Team Oreca 07 - Gibson: Tatiana Calderon
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Photo by: Rainier Ehrhardt

#97 Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin Vantage AMR: Alex Lynn, Maxime Martin, Harry Tincknell
#97 Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin Vantage AMR: Alex Lynn, Maxime Martin, Harry Tincknell
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Photo by: Sam Bloxham / Motorsport Images

Cockpit of Racing Team Nederland Dallara P217
Cockpit of Racing Team Nederland Dallara P217
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#63 Weathertech Racing - Ferrari 488 GTE EVO, detail
#63 Weathertech Racing - Ferrari 488 GTE EVO, detail
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#57 Team Project 1 Porsche 911 RSR
#57 Team Project 1 Porsche 911 RSR
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Photo by: Sam Bloxham / Motorsport Images

Pit Lane
Pit Lane
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Motorsport TV logo
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