Fuji Date Moves Again, Petit Le Mans Clash Avoided

Photo: DPPI/WEC

Photo: DPPI/WEC

The FIA World Motor Sport Council released Wednesday the confirmed 2014 calendar for the FIA World Endurance Championship, which features a further date change.

The Six Hours of Fuji moves back to its originally scheduled date of Oct. 10-12, after being placed one week earlier in a revised schedule issued by the WEC in October.

As a result, a clash between the Fuji round and the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship season-ending Petit Le Mans has now been avoided, although the two series will still hold events on the same May 2-4 weekend next year.

Additionally, the Sao Paulo round has now been confirmed, remaining with the same date, while the series’ trip to the Circuit of The Americas is still listed for Sept. 18-20, as a combined event with the TUDOR Championship.

In other news, the FIA approved the creation of an additional Endurance Trophy for LMP1 Privateer drivers, assuming at least three cars are entered for the season.

Also, the guidelines for the new “Equivalence of Technology” for the new-for-2014 LMP1 regulations was defined, which will allow for two periods of adjustments during the year.

2014 FIA World Endurance Championship Schedule:

April 18-20 – Silverstone
May 2-3 – Spa-Francorchamps
June 1 – Le Mans Test Day
June 14-15 – 24 Hours of Le Mans
August 29-31 – Sao Paulo
September 18-20 – Circuit of The Americas
October 10-12 – Fuji
October 31-November 1 – Shanghai
November 13-15 – Bahrain

11 Comments

  1. Bakkster

    December 4, 2013 at 10:53 am

    That’s some fantastic news!

    • NaBUru38

      December 4, 2013 at 1:52 pm

      Indeed! Let’s hope that some European teams and drivers join at Petit Le Mans.

  2. Lyra

    December 4, 2013 at 11:59 am

    ‘Equivalence of Technology’

    Oh god. Just ban diesel already

    • Chad

      December 4, 2013 at 1:13 pm

      No need to ban diesel, just hold them to the same rules as gas engines. if you want to run a tubo it has to be a 2 liter. Not a 3.7. Since its inception Audi and their diesels have been manipulating the rule book in their favor.

      • Bakkster

        December 4, 2013 at 1:41 pm

        Except next year all P1 engines will be built to the same regulations, with no restriction on cylinders or displacement and a barely there limit of 4.0 bars of boost. They will be under identical rules.

        The equivalence formula gives diesel less fuel per lap, if you remove that then diesels become the only option if you want a competitive car.

    • KJ Maxwell

      December 4, 2013 at 2:53 pm

      Yes, I agree. Ban diesel turbos. Besides,they sound like electric golf carts.

      • Lyra

        December 4, 2013 at 3:42 pm

        Besides Audi has already proved their PR with diesel (= ie diesels aren’t only for pussies), there is no need to keep them round any longer… other than to prove that your category has diversity in fuel side of things. Which in the ends becomes pointless, just as most of the technology in GTE, as it gets performance balanced anyways

  3. NaBUru38

    December 4, 2013 at 1:51 pm

    Yet another title??? Come on, it’s a mess with so many champions. Everyone wins!

    Endurance racing is a team sport. FIA / ACO, please remove all drivers titles.

    • Lyra

      December 4, 2013 at 3:40 pm

      Agree, for a championship that is otherwise so strict and sterile compared to good old days of sportscar racing (no grids integrated with regional series, boring F1 circuits only etc) they sure have extremely messy and confusing title system

  4. Matt

    December 4, 2013 at 10:58 pm

    I’d prefer that they dump COTA and join up with the 6 hours of the Glen.

  5. Rob

    December 5, 2013 at 4:03 pm

    No way any Euro teams are going to come over to Petit.

    Race at Fuji, transport all your equipment in a very short window..

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