Sports Listings: Plan Ahead: Motor Racing, Le Mans 24-hour race

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The Independent Online
IN spite of rule changes and a new generation of sportscars, the Le Mans 24-hour race remains one of the world's greatest spectacles. On Saturday 18 June more than 50 sportcars will set off at 4pm for the Dunlop Curve and a 24-hour test of endurance in varying conditions. Its popularity is evident with more than 200,000 regularly attending.

Airtrack Services Ltd, of Uxbridge, Motor Racing International, of Sandwich, and Page and Moy, of Leicester, offer flights direct to Le Mans, where the airfield is next to the circuit. Packages are also available for staying over in Paris and Le Mans. Motor Racing International and Page and Moy also provide coach packages. The three, together with Just Ticket and Motoring Limited, of Dover, have self-drive trips.

General admission to Le Mans is about pounds 40 and allows the spectator to walk the circuit. Reserved seats (which include general admission) in the covered grandstands start from about pounds 66.

Le Mans 24-hour race, 18-19 June.

Circuit de la Farthe, 72040 Le Mans, France (Tel: 010 33 4372 5025).

Airtrack Services Limited, 16-17 Windsor Street, Uxbridge UB8 1AB (Tel: 0895- 270921). Direst flight (Le Mans package): from pounds 325 (one night hotel); Paris and Le Mans: from pounds 369 (three nights); Flight only (Gatwick-Le Mans): pounds 285; Self-drive: pounds 99 (four persons, hotel and ferries); Hospitality available.

Page and Moy Ltd 136-140 London Road, Leicester LE2 1EN (Tel 0533-524344). Flight to Le Mans: pounds 289; Coach package: from pounds 59; Self-drive: from pounds 179 (four persons, three nights in hotel, ferries, car park pass); Hospitality and tickets-only service.

Motor Racing International, 15 Market Street, Sandwich, Kent CT13 9DA (Tel: 0304-612424). Direct flight to Le Mans: pounds 339 (one night hotel); Coach package from pounds 79 (Dover), pounds 89 (London), pounds 103 (Manchester); Self-drive: from pounds 88 (four persons, hotel and ferries) or from pounds 64 for campsite accommodation; Hospitality and tickets-only service.

Just Ticket and Motoring Limited, 1 Charterhouse, Camden Crescent, Dover CT16 1LE (Tel: 0304-228866). Self-drive package: pounds 43 (four people, campsite and ferries); campsite, parking and tickets-only service available.

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