Photo: David Vincent (AP)
Stock up on snacks and energy drinks, find your most comfy chair, and get ready for the most wonderful racing weekend of the year. It’s time for the 2018 24 Hours of Le Mans, a full day of magic and sweet, sweet race cars. We put together this nifty guide to tell you how you, too, can watch one of the most prestigious races in the world.
One Race, One Broadcast
Great news, friends in the U.S. and Canada: you can finally watch the entirety of Le Mans on one single channel. No more station hopping, no more stream hunting—just turn that bad boy on and go.
All you need to do is tune into Velocity at 9 a.m. Eastern Time and, boom: done. Easy peasy. At last, something on Velocity worth watching besides Arms Crossed Deadline Garage.
So Maybe You Don’t Have Cable
No worries if you pitched the TV to the curb in favor of streaming your races. You’ve got some options there, too.
The first option is to stream the race via WEC’s official purchasable stream, which you can find here—if you live somewhere that isn’t America. It’ll cost you about $12, but that’s a price well paid for the content you’ll get. With access to video, live timing, and live text. Plus, you can access the race for up to three weeks afterward, and you can swap to different onboard views.
Unfortunately, this opportunity is geo-blocked in the U.S., but if you’re an international reader or an avid user of VPN, you’ll definitely want to give this a go.
If you’re interested in some in-car footage but can’t figure out the whole VPN deal, then check out the streaming options on MotorTrend.com. It’s $4.99 a month, but you can also sign up for a free two-week trial conveniently in time for the biggest race of the year. That pesky WEC geoblock is still in place, so they can’t air the race itself, but onboards at Le Mans are pretty awesome. Especially at night.
OK, they’re out there. I’m not going to list any here, but they do exist. And I bet more than a few fans will be checking them out, even if that means they have to hear the commentary in Russian or something.
If You Can’t Watch And Just Want To Listen
Then definitely check out Radio Le Mans. I mean, it’s great commentary to begin with, and you should probably just be listening to it anyway. But it’s always a great option when you just want some ambient race car noises to lull you to sleep.
And, as always, if there’s a can’t-miss onboard stream or another option available, share the wealth and drop it in the comments.