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Revised Points Structure Set for 24H Le Mans

24 Hours of Le Mans to get 1.5x points, Sebring set for 1.25x points in 2018/19 ‘Super Season’…

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FIA World Endurance Championship teams will score 1.5x points in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, following adjustments to the sporting regulations that are set to be made for the 2018/19 ‘Super Season.’

Sportscar365 has learned that the FIA and ACO have adopted changes to the points allocation for the French endurance classic, which has controversially awarded double points since the WEC’s formation in 2012.

As a result, Le Mans have often decided the World Drivers’ Championship, with the overall winner in the race going on to win the title in the last two years.

The revised points structure means each Le Mans class winner would score 37.5 points instead of 50.

It’s understood a proposal to award points at incremental stages during the race, such as SRO’s points structure that gives half points at the six and 12-hour marks of the 24 Hours of Spa, was not approved.

The WEC’s new event at Sebring, which will be contested as a 1,500-mile race in March 2019, meanwhile, will award 1.25x points compared to regular length six-hour races.

A total of 31.25 points would go to class winners at Sebring, with 22.5 points for second and 18.75 for third.

The changes to the sporting regulations were communicated to teams earlier this month and is subject to approval of the World Motor Sport Council, which meets next on Dec. 6.

Among the other changes set for next season is the adoption of a World Teams’ Championship.

John Dagys is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Sportscar365 as well as the recently launched e-racing365 Web site for electric racing. Dagys spent eight years as a motorsports correspondent for FOXSports.com/SPEED Channel, and contributes to other publications worldwide. Contact John

5 Comments

5 Comments

  1. FlyingLobster27

    November 15, 2017 at 11:27 am

    That Le Mans awards double points is not controversial to me. The race is much longer and more prestigious than any other on the calendar. However, if you drop out of the race, you’re giving away lots of points, so awarding less than double points simply serves to lessen the impact.

    However, it’s incorrect to say that Le Mans has decided the title. It’s just so happened that the Le Mans winners have gone on to win the title, but that’s because the teams have been favouring those cars for the whole second half of the season. The prospect of seeing team orders deciding Le Mans, because it’s such a high-scoring season final, is now very real.

    • Lobster's don't do logic

      November 15, 2017 at 3:01 pm

      No, it is correct to phrase it as Dagys did. The points titles have been clinched or so close to have needed a wild chain of events to change the season championship before the last, or last two races, often because of the LM cushion.

      As for your if this then this claims. You IMMEDIATELY negate it by saying the teams can then baby their car as they have won LM and banked those points. The ONLY conclusion from your statement is winning LM means your car can now cruise and not push, meaning winning LM is what determines the second half of the season strategy. Push to make up ground or cruise just behind and safely manage your gap to the race winners.

  2. Mike D

    November 15, 2017 at 12:00 pm

    Just scale it to award whole points and I think it works fine. I’m not a fan of fractional points.

    6H: 100-72-60-48-40-32-24-16-8-4
    SEB: 120-90-75-60-50-40-30-20-10-5
    24H: 150-108-90-72-60-48-36-24-12-6

    Same ratios as the 25-point system.

  3. TailsLeMans722

    November 15, 2017 at 12:23 pm

    Could they at least round the points to the nearest whole number? How is any casual fan supposed to understand how somebody who finished 11th or lower in class at Sebring is awarded .625 points?! Its madness!

    Also, how is this going to affect how points are awarded if they decide to introduce GTE Qualifying races in 2019-20? Are they going to use decimals there too?

    What about shortened races? if the race does not meet half-distance, are we going to have to award points to four decimal places?!!!

    As Val Kilmer once said: “it just raises too many questions.”

  4. Steven

    November 15, 2017 at 4:50 pm

    There should be no points awarded and Le Mans should be a stand alone event that has the best from the WEC, IMSA, ELMS, and ALMS.

    How simple is that idea?

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