The FIA World Endurance Championship unveiled its provisional calendar for the 2019/20 season, with two tracks returning to the calendar for the northern hemisphere winter championship.
The 6 Hours of Silverstone will open the season’s eight-round calendar in September, with subsequent events taking place over the following nine months. The 24 Hours of Le Mans in June 2020 will close out the season.
|2019-20 FIA World Endurance Championship Calendar (Provisional)|
|01 Sep 2019||4 Hours of Silverstone||Silverstone Circuit, United Kingdom|
|13 Oct 2019||6 Hours of Fuji||Fuji Speedway, Japan|
|17 Nov 2019||6 Hours of Shanghai||Shanghai International Circuit, China|
|14 Dec 2019||8 Hours of Bahrain||Bahrain International Circuit, Bahrain|
|01 Feb 2020||6 Hours of São Paulo||Autódromo José Carlos Pace, Brazil|
|?? Mar 2020||1000 Miles of Sebring||Sebring International Raceway, USA|
|03 May 2020||6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps||Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium|
|13-14 Jun 2020||24 Hours of Le Mans||Circuit de la Sarthe, France|
Returning circuits include Bahrain and São Paulo where organisers have planned to run varied length races – unlike the usual six-hour events they have run in the past with the obvious exclusion of the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
The events at Silverstone and Shanghai will be run as shortened formats while the returning Bahrain event will run at eight hours and is likely to start at a twilight time slot.
Only the 6 Hours of Fuji and Spa-Francorchamps have had their formats unchanged.
Another new event will be at Sebring Raceway which will now be contested across a fixed 1000-mile distance. That event’s date is also yet to be confirmed as WEC series organisers are still in talks with the International Motor Sports Association (ISMA) to coordinate an appropriate time slot to race the WEC cars during the same weekend as ISMA’s 12 Hours of Sebring.
The current ‘super season’ proposal could see the 1000-mile race run on a Friday before the 12 Hour event in order to give fans a festival of racing at the Florida circuit.
“We are very happy to be able to present a calendar which not only offers a large degree of stability and familiarity, but also moves with the times and responds to the wishes of its many fans around the world,” said Pierre Fillon, President of the Automobile Club de l’Ouest.
“The revisions to the race formats may echo endurance events of the past, but we never stop looking towards the future to ensure a sustainable, relevant and exciting championship.”
The provisional calendar must still be approved by the FIA’s World Motorsport Council. Its next meeting is expected to take place on October 12.
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