The FIA World endurance championship

 

The 2018–19 FIA World Endurance Championship will be the seventh season of the FIA World Endurance Championship, an auto racing series co-organised by the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) and the Automobile Club de l’Ouest (ACO).

The series is open to Le Mans Prototypes and grand tourer-style racing cars divided into four categories. This season marks the first move to a winter schedule for the championship, with the season starting at the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps in May 2018 and concluding at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in June 2019. World championship titles will be awarded to the leading manufacturers and drivers in both the prototype and grand tourer divisions

The Prologue

 

April 6th / 7th

Returning this year to Circuit Paul Ricard at Le Castellet in the South of France, this test signals the real start of the Super Season as it will be the first time in 2018 that all the competitors will be assembled together on track. An incredible 30 hours of non-stop testing are available to all the teams and drivers throughout Friday 6th and Saturday 7th April – including night running – in preparation for the first race of the Super Season, the Total 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps in May, and of course the 24 Hours of Le Mans in June.

Total 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps

 

Round 1: May 3rd / 5th 2018

Since 1966 the greatest endurance machines have competed on the Spa-Francorchamps circuit in the Belgian Ardennes and have always generated exciting and spectacular races. The final event before the 24 Hours of Le Mans, it also serves as a rehearsal for the biggest race on the calendar.

24 Hours of Le Mans

 

Round 2: June 16th / 17th 2018

One of the greatest and most well-known spectacles in the world; without the 24 Hours of Le Mans, endurance racing would not exist. Created in 1923 by the Automobile Club de l’Ouest, the main event on the WEC calendar with double Championship points awarded at the end of the world’s greatest motorsport event.

Jota Sport took the remarkable double-podium in 2017

6 Hours of Silverstone

 

Round 3: August 17th -19th  2018

At the very heart of British and world motorsport, the Silverstone circuit will host the opening race of the season. The Royal Automobile Club Tourist Trophy will be awarded to the winners of the 6 Hours of Silverstone. The Tourist Trophy is the world’s oldest motorsport trophy still being competed for.

6 Hours of Fuji

 

Round 4: 12th -14th October 2018

Endurance racing has a rich history at Fuji Speedway, dating back to 1982 when a round of the Sportscar World Championship was contested. Located at the foot of the world-famous Mount Fuji, the track was rebuilt in 2005 to a high standard, fast layout. It has hosted a round of the World Endurance Championship every year since 2012, and fans flock in their thousands to see their heroes and cheer Toyota Gazoo Racing to success. The team representing the manufacturing giant has won in 2013, 2014 and 2016.

6 Hours of Shanghai

 

Round 5: November 16th -18th 2018

In 2012 the season concluded at the Shanghai International Circuit with the first endurance race organised at global level in the economic capital of China. The tough and demanding circuit, with an impressive infrastructure, provides the perfect stage for the tens of thousands of Chinese fans who have turned out every year since. In 2017 there are no fewer than four cars registered under the Chinese flag in the WEC which will heighten interest further.

1000 Miles of Sebring

 

Round 6: March 16th/ March 17th 2019

Sebring’s return FIA World Endurance Championship race in 2019 will be a 1,000-mile event. WEC’s Sebring race shares the bill with IMSA’s traditional 12-hour event in March 2019, which will take place on the Saturday running from 10am to 10pm before the WEC

6 Hours of Spa-Francochamps

 

Round 7: May 2nd – May 4th 2019

Since 1966 the greatest endurance machines have competed on the Spa-Francorchamps circuit in the Belgian Ardennes and have always generated exciting and spectacular races. The final event before the 24 Hours of Le Mans, it also serves as a rehearsal for the biggest race on the calendar.

24 Hours of Le Mans

 

Round 8: June 15th/ June 16th

One of the greatest and most well-known spectacles in the world; without the 24 Hours of Le Mans, endurance racing would not exist. Created in 1923 by the Automobile Club de l’Ouest, the main event on the WEC calendar with double Championship points awarded at the end of the world’s greatest motorsport event.

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