Sebring schedule sees new start time for WEC race

Two Dempsey Proton Racing Porsches battle at the 2019 1000 Miles of Sebring
Two Dempsey Proton Racing Porsches battle at the 2019 1000 Miles of Sebring
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The race schedule for the 1000 Miles of Sebring is starting to take shape as the WEC gears up to kick off its 2022 season on 18th March. According to the latest Sebring schedule, the WEC race will have a new start time on Friday afternoon.

As in 2019, the race will form part of the Super Sebring weekend organised by the IMSA WeatherTech Sportscar Championship in partnership with the FIA WEC. The WEC teams will share the paddock with the IMSA competitors but also teams competing in the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge and the Porsche Carrera Cup North America.

New start time

The biggest news for the 2022 is that the race start has been pushed forward to midday local time. The race is scheduled to finish either after 1,000 miles (268 laps) or by 8:00 pm local time at the latest.

In Europe, this translates to a slot right in the middle of Friday night prime-time: with a start time of 5:00 pm and a finish time of 1:00 am. With the sun setting at 7:37 pm local time, only the final 30 minutes or so of the 2022 race will take place in darkness.

The first Super Sebring event saw the WEC race begin at 4:00 pm local time, running in darkness for roughly half of the eight-hour duration. For fans in Europe, this resulted in the race starting at 9:00 pm CET and running through the night to 5:00 am.

Evening qualifying

Qualifying for the 2022 1000 Miles of Sebring will take place on Thursday night local time as the sun begins to disappear below the horizon. The WEC’s two qualifying sessions are scheduled for 7:00 pm – 7:10 pm and 7:20 pm – 7:30 pm local time, just after midnight Thursday night/Friday morning in Europe.

Prologue one week before

The schedule for the official Prologue for the 2022 WEC season has also been released. The two-day official test is set to take place one week before the 1000 Miles of Sebring, on 12 and 13 March.

Teams will be able to put their 2022 challengers under the intense scrutiny of the Sebring International Raceway bumps across a total of four sessions of four hours each.

Full details of all of the sessions can be found on our Calendar page, together with the details of past WEC races at the Sebring International Raceway.