The has listened intently to both its competitors and fans in the weeks since the announcement in Mexico City, and is now in a position to issue a final calendar for the 2018/19 ‘Super Season’ which will begin in April next year.

 

When President of the Automobile Club de l’Ouest (ACO), Pierre Fillon, and CEO of the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC), Gérard Neveu, outlined the pathway to the new-look championship two weeks ago, they outlined several pivotal philosophies around which all decisions would be made.

 

Among these was that the major focus for the WEC remained the competitors – both major manufacturers and privateer entrants, the product in terms of the sporting competition delivered at every event, and the fans.

 

The WEC has listened intently to both its competitors and fans in the weeks since the announcement in Mexico City, and is now in a position to issue a final calendar for the 2018/19 ‘Super Season’ which will begin in April next year.

 

The final calendar for the WEC’s transitional 2018/19 season will see a return of the 6 Hours of Silverstone, on 19 August. This replaces the 2019 February TBC date previously announced, and will undoubtedly delight British manufacturer, Aston Martin Racing, the many UK-based teams and drivers, and thousands of passionate Anglophile fans of endurance racing.

 

The Silverstone event will be run in conjunction with a round of the European Le Mans Series, the full calendar for which will be announced in Spa, Belgium next week.

In view of the WEC’s partnership with IMSA, it was regrettable to have had a clash between Petit Le Mans, one of the key dates in the IMSA WeatherTech Sportscar Championship calendar, and the 6 Hours of Fuji.  Thanks now to the flexibility and graciousness of Fuji International Speedway, the WEC is now pleased to announce that the date for the Japanese round of the championship has been changed to 20/21 October to avoid the clash.  

 

This date change has also affected the date of the Shanghai round due to the time required to transport the freight from Japan to China and the 6 Hours of Shanghai will take place on 17/18 November.

 

 

 

In addition to the calendar announcement, the FIA World Endurance Championship announced that it will launch a global fan survey – “Have your say on the future of the WEC” – on the WEC and endurance racing.

 

The survey will be available to complete in 10 different languages and will be distributed to an international audience around the world via Autosport and Motorsport.com’s networks.  The ACO and WEC are looking for more than 50,000 responses in order to get as wide a spread, and depth, of opinion as possible.

 

The survey, which will take approximately 10-12 minutes to complete, will be launched online on Friday 22 September.  The results will be presented in Bahrain on the occasion of the final round of the 2017 season.

 

Report – Fiona Miller

 

Images: Adrenal Media/FIAWEC

 

Graphic: Peter Leung