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Silverstone Confirmed for 2018/19; Fuji Moved to Avoid PLM Clash

Silverstone added to 2018/19 WEC schedule; Fuji moved to avoid clash…

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Silverstone will feature on the 2018/19 FIA World Endurance Championship schedule after all, following the release of a revised ‘Super Season’ schedule on Friday that also eliminates the date clash with Petit Le Mans.

The famed British circuit takes up the to-be-announced date, originally scheduled for February 2019, which has been moved to Aug. 18-19, 2018, as the first post-Le Mans round.

It will result in five races in the 2018 calendar year, but remaining with an eight-round total season.

The addition of Silverstone comes after failed talks with promoters in Mexico City, which have elected not to continue the Six Hours of Mexico for a third season, with a return to Interlagos also reportedly not materializing.

The Fuji Speedway race, originally scheduled for Oct. 14, meanwhile, has been moved back by one week to avoid a clash with the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season finale at Road Atlanta.

A number of competitors had voiced concern over the initial clash, which had compromised several drivers’ planned programs for IMSA’s four-race Tequila Patron North American Endurance Cup.

The date for the Shanghai race has also been adjusted to provide the required time between the two Asian rounds, for shipping purposes.

The revised WEC schedule is expected to be approved at the next FIA World Motor Sport Council meeting on Sept. 21.

2018/19 WEC Schedule (Revised):
May 4-5 — Spa-Francorchamps
June 16-17 — 24 Hours of Le Mans
Aug. 18-19 — Silverstone
Oct. 20-21 — Fuji Speedway
Nov. 17-18 — Shanghai
March 15-16  – Twelve Hours of Sebring
May 3-4 – Spa-Francorchamps
June 15-16 – 24 Hours of Le Mans    

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17 Comments

17 Comments

  1. Jeffrey

    September 15, 2017 at 2:18 pm

    It is not the “12 Hours of Sebring” why don’t you just put “Sebring International Raceway” like you do for every other circuit besides 24LM?

    • Dick Trickle

      September 15, 2017 at 2:24 pm

      because it will be a 12 hour race…. all the others are 6 hours (except LM).

      • Ryan

        September 15, 2017 at 2:58 pm

        Scott Atherton said the WEC race will have a different name, 1000k, whatever. It will not be called a 12 hour race.

      • Milton

        September 16, 2017 at 3:28 am

        It is not the “12 Hours of Sebring”

  2. Rob Lomas

    September 15, 2017 at 2:27 pm

    Get in there! That’s my dad’s birthday gift sorted out.

  3. JB

    September 15, 2017 at 2:28 pm

    Dick,
    the official 12h of Sebring will still be the IMSA event,
    the WEC race scheduled after it is a 12h race at Sebring but not THE 12h of Sebring 😉

  4. jason

    September 15, 2017 at 2:30 pm

    Teams can do 5 WEC races in 2018 and the entire NAEC in IMSA if they want/able to now. Any takers?

    I think things will fall in place for everybody though once the Toyota announcement of their future is made. The schedule is just half of the issue. But that has been finalized now. 5 races in 2018 sounds better than 4.

    • Travis McBee

      September 15, 2017 at 2:38 pm

      Just that a formula e round takes place during Sebring 2018, so it’d be hard to get some hot drivers to do the NAEC who also contest WEC and FE.

      • Mike

        September 15, 2017 at 3:27 pm

        > Just that a formula e round takes place during Sebring 2018

        Didn’t stop Toyota from screwing Buemi out of a FE title.

        • Travis McBee

          September 15, 2017 at 3:41 pm

          Was kinda his fault on screwing up that weekend in NY also. He chose to do the Ring.

        • Travis McBee

          September 15, 2017 at 3:44 pm

          The point is that guys like Buemi would choose a formula e race over the Sebring 12 hours if both events clashed which is the case here, but understandable because that’s what he’s used to racing in and does really good in it. Which I respect.

  5. GridS2Plaza

    September 15, 2017 at 3:02 pm

    Since “fake news” seems to be all the rage these days, maybe WEC’s race at Sebring should be coined the “The Fake 12 Hours of Sebring”.

    I got the tee shirts on order. Front side shows “The Real 12 Hours”, back side features “The Fake 12 Hours”.

    This event with twin 12 hours with only a 2 hour break between still seems somewhat surreal. What happened to FIA’s limits on track grade for WEC events that prohibited running anywhere in North America except COTA, Indianapolis & Montreal?

    I am as big a sports car fan as anyone, but somehow this seems to be too much of a good thing. Better to have spread the wealth around and had a WEC event somewhere else or come up with something more unique than a lame copycat version of tradition.

    Twin 6 hour events one Friday evening followed by the finale on Sunday morning would be more original and a novel complement to the main event which should be the IMSA event.

  6. Jason Elliott

    September 15, 2017 at 5:32 pm

    I’m just happy that I can go to the race a Silverstone after LeMans. Plus no clash with plm.

  7. vanillachinchilla

    September 15, 2017 at 11:14 pm

    Still not understanding the Chinese round

  8. Tim Lawrence

    September 16, 2017 at 6:38 am

    So we have Toyota as yet undecided, no word from Peugeot and a calendar that had to be revised less than a month after the first reveal because there were no takers for a South America event…

    The Silverstone race, whilst plugging an otherwise farcical gap in the calendar, appears to continue the double-header WEC/ELMS weekend, thus allowing the circuit to ‘justify’ excessive ticket prices for ELMS (where other events are free entry).

    Then we have “The Other Sebring 12 Hours”…or 10 Hours… Or 8 Hours…or to-be-announded distance at an unknown start time.

    WEC only just scrapes in to the minimum 3 continent requirement for ‘World’ status.

    And this is all supposed to entice teams, sponsors and manufacturers?

  9. Junimho

    September 16, 2017 at 7:44 am

    IMSA and WEC

    24 Hours of Le Mans (June) 2018-19
    12 Hours of Sebring (March) 2019
    10 Hours of PLM (October) 2019-20

  10. Andy Flinn

    September 16, 2017 at 10:59 am

    I’m curious how the WEC drivers and whole teams plan to stay fresh for the midnight WEC start at Sebring with the real 12 Hours of Sebring raging all day on Saturday.

    Will we see a convoy of sound-proof RVs or a steady stream of private jets landing from Miami, Tampa, Orlando and other nearby destinations.

    That’s just ONE logistic I’m curious about.

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