WEC Super Season ratified by FIA

WEC Super Season ratified by FIA

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Next sea­son sees the FIA WEC face arguably the great­est chal­lenge since its re-incep­tion in 2012, with the loss of Porsche from the LMP1 fold leav­ing only one com­pet­ing man­u­fac­tur­er in LMP1 and evi­dent­ly no tak­ers for the 2020 rule­set announced at Le Mans. 

Some­what forced into a cor­ner by Porsche’s with­draw­al, the ACO have put togeth­er a rad­i­cal­ly dif­fer­ent cal­en­dar that is set to turn the world of endurance on its head. Now, the rough roadmap for the WEC’s future is slow­ly begin­ning to take shape. The first step came yes­ter­day, with the cal­en­dar for the new Super Sea­son in 2018/19 being offi­cial­ly rat­i­fied by the FIA World Motor Sport Council.

The 2018/19 Super Sea­son will encom­pass a whole cal­en­dar year and two trips to Spa and Le Mans respec­tive­ly, as well as a return to Sebring Inter­na­tion­al Race­way for the 1500 Miles of Sebring on the same week­end as the famed 12 Hours of Sebring, which is part of the IMSA Weath­erTech Sports­car Cham­pi­onship. Sil­ver­stone also returns to the WEC cal­en­dar, after ini­tial­ly being left out. It has been rein­stat­ed in a new late-August slot.

Minor changes were also made to the 6 Hours of Fuji and 6 Hours of Shang­hai to avoid clash­es with oth­er series, most notably the Fuji race’s clash with the cli­max to the IMSA Weath­erTech Sports­car Cham­pi­onship at its 10-hour Petit Le Mans enduro at Road Atlanta.

 

6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps 5 May 2018
24 Hours of Le Mans 16–17 June 2018
6 Hours of Silverstone 19 August 2018
6 Hours of Fuji 21 Octo­ber 2018
6 Hours of Shanghai 18 Novem­ber 2018
1500 Miles of Sebring 16–17 March 2019
6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps 4 May 2019
24 Hours of Le Mans 15–16 June 2019

 

The FIA’s top-lev­el com­mit­tee also approved a num­ber of changes to the tech­ni­cal reg­u­la­tions, includ­ing the “incor­po­ra­tion of LMP1 Non-Hybrid cars into a sin­gle clas­si­fi­ca­tion with the LMP1 Hybrid car” and equal­is­ing per­for­mance between non-hybrids and hybrids in LMP1.

With no man­u­fac­tur­ers or pri­va­teers yet to offi­cial­ly com­mit to LMP1 from 2018/19, but with sev­er­al pro­grammes in the pipeline, it remains to be seen whether the new FIA WEC Super Sea­son will make or break the top cat­e­go­ry of pro­to­type racing.

Image © WEC-Mag­a­zin / Wal­ter Schruff

2 Responses

  1. Sebring march 2018??

    • Oh, one slipped through the net! Thanks, now changed.

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