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

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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<span class="copyright">Toyota Racing</span>
#8 Toyota Gazoo Racing Toyota TS050 with Mike Conway, Kamui Kobayashi, Jose Maria Lopez and Sébastien Buemi, Kazuki Nakajima, Brendon HartleyToyota Racing

Toyota Racing

#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<span class="copyright">Rainier Ehrhardt</span>
#3 Rebellion Racing Rebellion R-13: Gibson Romain Dumas, Nathanaël Berthon, Louis DelétrazRainier Ehrhardt

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 <span class="copyright">Rainier Ehrhardt</span>
#36 Signatech Alpine Matmut Alpine A470: Thomas Laurent, André Negrão, Pierre Ragues Rainier Ehrhardt

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<span class="copyright">Motorsport Images</span>
#34 Inter Europol Competition Ligier JSP217 - Gibson: Jakub Smiechowski, Rene Binder, Matevos IsaakyanMotorsport Images

Motorsport Images

#30 Duqueine Team Oreca 07 - Gibson: Jonathan Hirschi, Konstantin Tereschenko, Tristan Gommendy

#30 Duqueine Team Oreca 07 - Gibson: Jonathan Hirschi, Konstantin Tereschenko, Tristan Gommendy<span class="copyright">Motorsport Images</span>
#30 Duqueine Team Oreca 07 - Gibson: Jonathan Hirschi, Konstantin Tereschenko, Tristan GommendyMotorsport Images

Motorsport Images

#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<span class="copyright">Rainier Ehrhardt</span>
#50 Richard Mille Racing Team Oreca 07 - Gibson: Tatiana Calderon, Sophia Flörsch, Beitske VisserRainier Ehrhardt

Rainier Ehrhardt

#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<span class="copyright">Rainier Ehrhardt</span>
#28 IDEC Sport Oreca 07 - Gibson: Paul Lafargue, Paul-Loup Chatin, Richard BradleyRainier Ehrhardt

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<span class="copyright">Paul Foster</span>
#91 Porsche GT Team - Porsche 911 RSR - 19: Richard Lietz, Gianmaria Bruni, Frédéric MakowieckiPaul Foster

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 <span class="copyright">Paul Foster</span>
#97 Aston Martin Racing - Aston Martin Vantage AMR: Alex Lynn, Maxime Martin, Harry Tincknell Paul Foster

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 <span class="copyright">Paul Foster</span>
#97 Aston Martin Racing - Aston Martin Vantage AMR: Alex Lynn, Maxime Martin, Harry Tincknell Paul Foster

Paul Foster

Motorsport.com signage

Motorsport.com signage<span class="copyright">Paul Foster</span>
Motorsport.com signagePaul Foster

Paul Foster

#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<span class="copyright">Rainier Ehrhardt</span>
#51 AF Corse Ferrari 488 GTE EVO: Alessandro Pier Guidi, James Calado, Daniel SerraRainier Ehrhardt

Rainier Ehrhardt

#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<span class="copyright">Motorsport Images</span>
#82 Risi Competizione Ferrari 488 GTE Evo: Olivier Pla, Sébastien Bourdais, Jules GounonMotorsport Images

Motorsport Images

#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<span class="copyright">Paul Foster</span>
#92 Porsche GT Team - Porsche 911 RSR - 19: Michael Christensen, Kevin Estre, Laurens VanthoorPaul Foster

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<span class="copyright">Rainier Ehrhardt</span>
#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 WestbrookRainier Ehrhardt

Rainier Ehrhardt

#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<span class="copyright">Paul Foster</span>
#78 Proton Competition - Porsche 911 RSR: Horst Felbermayr jr, Michele Beretta, Max Van SplunterenPaul Foster

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 <span class="copyright">Paul Foster</span>
#61 Luzich Racing - Ferrari 488 GTE Evo: Francesco Piovanetti, Oswaldo Negri, Come Ledogar Paul Foster

Paul Foster

#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<span class="copyright">Paul Foster</span>
#99 Dempsey-Proton Racing - Porsche 911 RSR: Vutthikorn Inthraphuvasak, Lucas Légeret, Julien PiguetPaul Foster

Paul Foster

#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<span class="copyright">Paul Foster</span>
#88 Dempsey-Proton Racing - Porsche 911 RSR: Thomas Preining, Dominique Bastien, Adrien De LeenerPaul Foster

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<span class="copyright">Paul Foster</span>
#72 Hub Auto Racing - Ferrari 488 GTE Evo: Morris Chen, Tom Blomqvist, Marcos GomesPaul Foster

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<span class="copyright">Paul Foster</span>
#70 MR Racing - Ferrari 488 GTE Evo: Takeshi Kimura, Vincent Abril, Kei CozzolinoPaul Foster

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<span class="copyright">Paul Foster</span>
#55 Spirit of Race - Ferrari 488 GTE EVO: Duncan Cameron, Aaron Scott, Matthew GriffinPaul Foster

Paul Foster

#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<span class="copyright">Paul Foster</span>
#85 Iron Lynx - Ferrari 488 GTE Evo: Manuela Gostner, Rahel Frey, Michelle GattingPaul Foster

Paul Foster

#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<span class="copyright">Rainier Ehrhardt</span>
#54 AF Corse Ferrari 488 GTE EVO: Thomas Flohr, Francesco Castellacci, Giancarlo FisichellaRainier Ehrhardt

Rainier Ehrhardt

#52 AF Corse Ferrari 488 GTE Evo: Cristoph Ulrich, Steffen Görig, Alexander

#52 AF Corse Ferrari 488 GTE Evo: Cristoph Ulrich, Steffen Görig, Alexander<span class="copyright">Rainier Ehrhardt</span>
#52 AF Corse Ferrari 488 GTE Evo: Cristoph Ulrich, Steffen Görig, AlexanderRainier Ehrhardt

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<span class="copyright">Rainier Ehrhardt</span>
#29 Racing Team Nederland Dallara P217: Frits Van Eerd, Giedo Van Der Garde, Nyck De VriesRainier Ehrhardt

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<span class="copyright">Rainier Ehrhardt</span>
#90 TF Sport Aston Martin Vantage: Salih Yoluc, Charles Eastwood, Jonathan AdamRainier Ehrhardt

Rainier Ehrhardt

Track

Track<span class="copyright">Paul Foster</span>
TrackPaul Foster

Paul Foster

Le Mans circuit overview

Le Mans circuit overview<span class="copyright">Motorsport Images</span>
Le Mans circuit overviewMotorsport Images

Motorsport Images

#95 Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin Vantage AMR

#95 Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin Vantage AMR<span class="copyright">Sam Bloxham / Motorsport Images</span>
#95 Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin Vantage AMRSam Bloxham / Motorsport Images

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<span class="copyright">Sam Bloxham / Motorsport Images</span>
#26 G-Drive Racing Aurus 01 - Gibson: Roman Rusinov, Jean-Eric Vergne, Mikkel JensenSam Bloxham / Motorsport Images

Sam Bloxham / Motorsport Images

#17 IDEC Sport Oreca 07 - Gibson: Kyle Tilley

#17 IDEC Sport Oreca 07 - Gibson: Kyle Tilley<span class="copyright">Sam Bloxham / Motorsport Images</span>
#17 IDEC Sport Oreca 07 - Gibson: Kyle TilleySam Bloxham / Motorsport Images

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<span class="copyright">Motorsport Images</span>
#26 G-Drive Racing Aurus 01 - Gibson: Roman Rusinov, Jean-Eric Vergne, Mikkel JensenMotorsport Images

Motorsport Images

#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 <span class="copyright">Paul Foster</span>
#61 Luzich Racing - Ferrari 488 GTE Evo: Francesco Piovanetti, Oswaldo Negri, Come Ledogar Paul Foster

Paul Foster

#36 Signatech Alpine Matmut Alpine A470

#36 Signatech Alpine Matmut Alpine A470<span class="copyright">Rainier Ehrhardt</span>
#36 Signatech Alpine Matmut Alpine A470Rainier Ehrhardt

Rainier Ehrhardt

1992 Peugeot 905

1992 Peugeot 905 <span class="copyright">Rainier Ehrhardt</span>
1992 Peugeot 905 Rainier Ehrhardt

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<span class="copyright">Remi Dargegen</span>
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 #23Remi Dargegen

Remi Dargegen

#7 Toyota Gazoo Racing Toyota TS050

#7 Toyota Gazoo Racing Toyota TS050<span class="copyright">Sam Bloxham / Motorsport Images</span>
#7 Toyota Gazoo Racing Toyota TS050Sam Bloxham / Motorsport Images

Sam Bloxham / Motorsport Images

#25 Algarve Pro Racing Oreca 07 - Gibson: Simon Trummer

#25 Algarve Pro Racing Oreca 07 - Gibson: Simon Trummer<span class="copyright">Rainier Ehrhardt</span>
#25 Algarve Pro Racing Oreca 07 - Gibson: Simon TrummerRainier Ehrhardt

Rainier Ehrhardt

#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<span class="copyright">Sam Bloxham / Motorsport Images</span>
#39 So24-Has By Graff Oreca 07 - Gibson: James Allen, Vincent Capillaire, Charles MilesiSam Bloxham / Motorsport Images

Sam Bloxham / Motorsport Images

Rebellion Racing Rebellion R-13, detail

Rebellion Racing Rebellion R-13, detail<span class="copyright">Sam Bloxham / Motorsport Images</span>
Rebellion Racing Rebellion R-13, detailSam Bloxham / Motorsport Images

Sam Bloxham / Motorsport Images

#97 Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin Vantage AMR

#97 Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin Vantage AMR<span class="copyright">Rainier Ehrhardt</span>
#97 Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin Vantage AMRRainier Ehrhardt

Rainier Ehrhardt

#50 Richard Mille Racing Team Oreca 07 - Gibson

#50 Richard Mille Racing Team Oreca 07 - Gibson<span class="copyright">Rainier Ehrhardt</span>
#50 Richard Mille Racing Team Oreca 07 - GibsonRainier Ehrhardt

Rainier Ehrhardt

#50 Richard Mille Racing Team Oreca 07 - Gibson: Tatiana Calderon

#50 Richard Mille Racing Team Oreca 07 - Gibson: Tatiana Calderon<span class="copyright">Rainier Ehrhardt</span>
#50 Richard Mille Racing Team Oreca 07 - Gibson: Tatiana CalderonRainier Ehrhardt

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<span class="copyright">Sam Bloxham / Motorsport Images</span>
#97 Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin Vantage AMR: Alex Lynn, Maxime Martin, Harry TincknellSam Bloxham / Motorsport Images

Sam Bloxham / Motorsport Images

Cockpit of Racing Team Nederland Dallara P217

Cockpit of Racing Team Nederland Dallara P217<span class="copyright">Sam Bloxham / Motorsport Images</span>
Cockpit of Racing Team Nederland Dallara P217Sam Bloxham / Motorsport Images

Sam Bloxham / Motorsport Images

#63 Weathertech Racing - Ferrari 488 GTE EVO, detail

#63 Weathertech Racing - Ferrari 488 GTE EVO, detail<span class="copyright">Rainier Ehrhardt</span>
#63 Weathertech Racing - Ferrari 488 GTE EVO, detailRainier Ehrhardt

Rainier Ehrhardt

#57 Team Project 1 Porsche 911 RSR

#57 Team Project 1 Porsche 911 RSR<span class="copyright">Sam Bloxham / Motorsport Images</span>
#57 Team Project 1 Porsche 911 RSRSam Bloxham / Motorsport Images

Sam Bloxham / Motorsport Images

Pit Lane

Pit Lane<span class="copyright">Paul Foster</span>
Pit LanePaul Foster

Paul Foster

Motorsport TV logo

Motorsport TV logo<span class="copyright">Rainier Ehrhardt</span>
Motorsport TV logoRainier Ehrhardt

Rainier Ehrhardt