Rafael Nadal will wave France’s “Tricolore” flag to start the race, just six days after celebrating an 11th French Open title a couple of hundred miles away in Paris.
He follows in the footsteps of the likes of Fernando Alonso, Brad Pitt and Chase Carey, all of whom have previously been charged with the duty of starting the race.
And when things do get underway, racing will continue until Sunday afternoon when a winner will be crowned and written into the history books.
Le Mans 24 Hours start time and date
The first qualifying session runs on Wednesday June 13 with two more on Thursday June 14, coming to a final close at midnight local time.
The 24-hour race itself will run over the weekend of June 16 and 17 at its traditional home, the Circuit de la Sarthe in Le Mans, France.
The starting procedure for Le Mans 24 Hours 2018 will get underway at 2.30pm local time – or 1.30pm UK time.
Le Mans 24 Hours UK TV channel
Eurosport have obtained the UK rights to show the race, having first secured a mute-year deal back in 2008, when they broadcast every hour of the race.
Previous years have seen some sections of the race skipped on Eurosport’s coverage due to clashes with other sporting events but 2018 will see Eurosport 1 (Sky channel 410) show every single second of the race, coverage running from midday on Saturday June 16 until 2.35pm on Sunday June 17.
Le Mans 24 Hours live stream
Sky Sports subscribers with Eurosport access on their TV used to be able to access the Discovery-owned channels via Sky Go.
However, that deal has expired and now viewers who want to watch Le Mans 24 Hours online will have to buy a Eurosport Player pass.
Day passes cost £4.99 while an annual pass costs £29.99 and gives you access to both channels on a range of devices all year round.
Le Mans 24 Hours weather
According to AccuWeather.com on Monday, this year’s Le Mans race should remain mostly dry.
The race should start in sunshine and temperatures of around 20 degrees Celsius although there is a 55 per cent chance of a passing shower in the afternoon.
The night – the sun will set just after 10pm local time – will thankfully remain dry with very low probability of rain, meaning tiredness and darkness are the only things drivers should have to contend with.
When the sun rises on Sunday (5.59am), drivers can expect to be greeted by a cloudy but warm day with temperatures touching 20 degrees.