Monza replaces Paul Ricard for 2017 Prologue

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The FIA and the ACO have revealed the cal­en­dar for the 2017 FIA World Endurance Cham­pi­onship, with no sig­nif­i­cant changes to the com­pet­i­tive cham­pi­onship. There is, how­ev­er, one major dif­fer­ence com­pared to the 2016 sea­son: the offi­cial Pro­logue – two days of offi­cial test­ing for all WEC run­ners – will be held at the Ital­ian cir­cuit of Mon­za, not Cir­cuit Paul Ricard as has been the case for the past four years.

The WEC has its now-tra­di­tion­al sea­son debut at Sil­ver­stone in mid-April, before mov­ing to Spa-Fran­cor­champs on the first week­end of May. The 24 Hours of Le Mans will be held on the 17 and 18 June, with the post-LM Nür­bur­gring race remain­ing in mid-July. Teams recon­vene after the sum­mer break in Mex­i­co City in ear­ly Sep­tem­ber, before they embark on four more fly­away at COTA, Fuji, Shang­hai and Bahrain, where the sea­son ends on 18 Novem­ber.

We are very pleased to have main­tained this lev­el of sta­bil­i­ty in the five years of the WEC to date, and our 2017 cal­en­dar allows us to con­tin­ue to build on the tra­di­tion of endurance rac­ing around the world,” said Gérard Neveu, CEO of the WEC. “The WEC con­tin­ues to offer fans access to the most tech­no­log­i­cal­ly rel­e­vant, com­pet­i­tive, and open cham­pi­onship pos­si­ble, as well as offer­ing our man­u­fac­tur­ers Aston Mar­tin, Audi, Fer­rari, Ford, Porsche and Toy­ota the per­fect show­case for their prod­ucts on and off track.”

2017 cal­en­dar:

24/25 March – Pro­logue, Mon­za         

16 April – 6 Hours of Sil­ver­stone

6 May – 6 Hours of Spa-Fran­cor­champs

17/18 June – Le Mans 24 Hours

16 July – 6 Hours of Nür­bur­gring

3 Sep­tem­ber – 6 Hours of Mex­i­co City

16 Sep­tem­ber – 6 Hours of Cir­cuit of the Amer­i­c­as

15 Octo­ber – 6 Hours of Fuji

5 Novem­ber – 6 Hours of Shang­hai

18 Novem­ber – 6 Hours of Bahrain

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