In an exciting development for French motorsport fans, the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) and the iconic 24 Hours of Le Mans will remain accessible to a wide audience, thanks to a newly extended broadcasting deal with L’Équipe. This agreement guarantees that the premier endurance racing series will continue to be televised by the French media giant until the end of 2025.
L’Équipe, a dominant force in the free-to-air media landscape, encompasses a broad range of platforms including TV channels, a website, an application, and print media such as newspapers and magazines. This comprehensive network will play a crucial role in promoting the WEC as it embarks on an ambitious 2024 season, featuring eight races and 14 manufacturers competing across two classes.
The FIA World Endurance Championship’s collaboration with L’Équipe is set to provide unparalleled coverage. The newspaper and magazine segments of L’Équipe will offer exclusive editorial content throughout the year. This will include in-depth coverage of special WEC-related topics and interviews, providing fans with a rich and engaging experience.
Additionally, the L’Équipe website and app are geared up to enhance the fan experience with real-time race results, rankings, and captivating action clips. The digital live channels of L’Équipe will broadcast the entire WEC season live, accessible through the TV area of the L’Équipe site and app. This comprehensive coverage ensures that fans won’t miss a moment of the high-octane endurance racing action.
The 2024 WEC season is set to kick off in Doha, Qatar, from March 1-3, marking the beginning of a thrilling season of endurance racing. With L’Équipe's extended partnership, French fans can look forward to experiencing every thrilling turn and high-speed straight of the WEC races.
Pierre Fillon, President of the Automobile Club de l'Ouest (ACO), expressed his enthusiasm for the partnership. He emphasized the importance of providing extensive coverage to fans and manufacturers in this new golden age of endurance racing. Fillon thanked the Amaury Group, L’Équipe's parent company, for its trust and high-quality broadcasting services.
Frédéric Lequien, CEO of FIA WEC, also shared his excitement about the extended partnership with L’Équipe. As the WEC approaches its most ambitious season yet, featuring 14 manufacturers and the introduction of the all-new LMGT3 category, the collaboration with L’Équipe is pivotal. Lequien highlighted the importance of making the WEC as accessible as possible to fans, particularly through the convenience of home viewing. He praised L’Équipe’s impressive household reach and high-quality media coverage, which are instrumental in achieving this goal in France.
The extension of the broadcasting deal between the FIA World Endurance Championship and L’Équipe is a significant milestone, ensuring that French fans will continue to enjoy comprehensive, high-quality coverage of one of the world's most thrilling motorsport events. As the WEC gears up for another exhilarating season, this partnership reinforces the commitment to bringing the best of endurance racing to fans across France.