The deal includes both the live rights for the prestigious car racing event held in June, and coverage of the motorcycling event in April together with all five events of the "Le Mans Series", the great 1000km endurance series*.
Eurosport will offer live coverage of the Le Mans 24 hours via a combination of its Eurosport, Eurosport 2, Eurosport Asia-Pacific and its websites.
The "Le Mans 24 Hours" motorcycling race will also have comprehensive live coverage on Eurosport, Eurosport 2, Eurosport Asia-Pacific and Eurosport's websites, while all the events in the "Le Mans Series" will be broadcast during the course of the season.
Laurent-Eric Le Lay, Chairman, Eurosport Group said: "We are delighted to have the most famous car racing event in history back on Eurosport. The Eurosport Group will offer unique LIVE coverage thanks to our powerful multimedia platform, guaranteeing the highest exposure for the event in 112 million homes over 59 countries in Europe. Eurosport Asia-Pacific will also bring the magic of the "Le Mans 24 Hours" to Asia and Australia. This agreement with ACO will enhance Eurosport's exceptional motorsports offer, which features more than 1000 hours each season."
Jean-Claude Plassart, President, ACO said: "We are extremely happy that our fans across Europe and beyond will enjoy the unprecedented live coverage of our events on Eurosport's platform. Moreover, the fact that all "Le Mans" events will benefit from such large exposure throughout the whole season is excellent news for the development of our brand".
The 2008 calendar
- Le Mans 24 Hours – Motorcycling race: 19 and 20 April
- Le Mans 24 Hours – 14 and 15 June
- Le Mans Series: Catalunya (4-6 April), Monza (25-27 April), Spa (9-11 May), NÃ¼rburgring (15-17 August) and Silverstone (12-14 September)