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FIA Confirms 2015 WEC Schedule

FIA confirms 2015 WEC schedule…

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Photo: John Rourke/FIA WEC

The FIA has confirmed the 2015 World Endurance Championship schedule, with no changes since its provisional calendar announcement in October.

Confirmation of next year’s calendar came during today’s FIA World Motor Sport Council meeting in Doha.

The eight-round global championship will kick off at Silverstone in April and conclude in Bahrain in November, with the only notable change from 2014 being a new round at the Nürburgring in place of Interlagos.

While the FIA WEC calendar remains unchanged, the addition of the Korean Grand Prix to the Formula One schedule is likely to impact Nico Hulkenberg’s prospects of competing in the FIA WEC race at Spa-Francorchamps, which falls on the same weekend.

2015 FIA World Endurance Championship Schedule

March 27-28 — Prologue Test at Paul Ricard
April 12 — Silverstone*
May 2 — Spa-Francorchamps
May 31 — Le Mans Test Day
June 13-14 — 24 Hours of Le Mans
August 30 — Nürburgring*
September 19 — Circuit of The Americas*
October 11 — Fuji Speedway
November 1 — Shanghai*
November 21 — Bahrain*

*Subject to ASN’s confirmation

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19 Comments

19 Comments

  1. gtgianlu

    December 3, 2014 at 4:59 pm

    As easily predictable,Bernie did everything to crush every chanches of having a current F1 driver at LM or in the Wec.I hope the Korean Gp will be delayed,but it’just a whisful thinking.Thank you,Bernie, in the Nineties you tried to kill the endurance but it’s still ALIVE.

    • Teamtart

      December 3, 2014 at 7:56 pm

      as usual the poison dwarf trying to ruin things that are not his concern. This awful little man needs to leave motorsport. He is a nasty piece of work tnat thinks that F1 is the only form of racing……nico should just go to spa and enjoy himself instead of being part of that ive hyped circus if prima donnas. Lets hope jenson sees it fotr what it is as well and joins the growing ranks of drivers in WEC and endurance as a whole……

  2. stuart

    December 3, 2014 at 5:46 pm

    gtgianlu I could agree more. Bernie should worry about the show he is putting on. I wish they would come to a more historical track here in the USA. What are the crowds like beside LeMans?Do any of these event bring Sebring or Road Atlanta size crowds? John can you weight in on the crowd size at these other event?

    • Fabio

      December 4, 2014 at 6:28 am

      Stuart, usually around 30-35.000 people is considered a success. Not like the 90.000 avg in Sebring, but then again it was the owners of Sebring who prefered to have USCC rather than WEC.
      In all fairness, Neveu did everything he could to have the 12 hours on the calendar.

      • Tarek R

        December 4, 2014 at 8:39 am

        There were some clashes between FIA WEC and ALMS in the year 2012 at Sebring and as far I remember it was one of the reasons behind the creation of TUSC.

      • Bakkster

        December 4, 2014 at 9:07 am

        The lease of Sebring is owned by the owners of IMSA (both the previous iteration of IMSA and the newest), so Sebring was always going to be an IMSA race over a WEC race. Same to be said for Daytona and Road Atlanta.

        • stuart

          December 4, 2014 at 12:03 pm

          Yes but it doesn’t have to be the 12hr. Or it can be a shared weekend. I remember when the GT1 cars came to Sebring in the late 90’s in the Fall and it was a huge crowd with bad weather. the Texas track just sucks and has no personality.

    • Bakkster

      December 4, 2014 at 9:08 am

      Aside from Le Mans which runs to different regulations, the WEC must race at FIA Grade 1 circuits. That leaves only two choices in the US: CotA and Indy. I think they’re racing at the better of the two options.

      • Jordan

        December 4, 2014 at 2:31 pm

        Okay, why “must” WEC run FIA Grade 1 circuits?

        Does the FIA force them to?

        • Helmut

          December 5, 2014 at 12:01 pm

          I think it’s no “must” at all because it’s not stated in the regulations anywhere.

    • JAGLeMans

      December 4, 2014 at 11:46 am

      Off the top of my head, attendances were as follows.

      Silverstone – 44k

      Spa – 46k

      Le Mans – 260k

      CoTA – 55k (sceptical of this)

      Fuji – 58k

      Shanghai – 35k

      Bahrain – 10k (not announced)

      Interlagos – 55k

      Attendances have increased year on year, it’s one of the major criteria for car units to have their contracts renewed.

      In the ’90’s-00’s, anything over 20k was considered decent for a European sportscar race.

      • JAGLeMans

        December 4, 2014 at 11:54 am

        “car units” = circuits

  3. AJIndy500

    December 3, 2014 at 6:46 pm

    Hard to imagine allowing prototypes to run Nurburgring.

    • Tom

      December 3, 2014 at 8:29 pm

      It’s only the GP circuit (The same one used in Formula 1), As opposed to the full Nurburgring.

    • Fabio

      December 4, 2014 at 6:29 am

      Not in the Nordschleife AJ… the race is in the GP-Strecke

  4. Pete Braun

    December 4, 2014 at 3:20 am

    When did the Korean GP get re-added?

    • Fabio

      December 4, 2014 at 6:32 am

      That’s the result of the cost-cutting meeting they’ve been having.
      Add more races.
      Overseas races.
      Across the entire god damn globe.
      Have a race in Korea than one in Spain the next weekend.
      That should cut costs.

  5. Bobke

    December 4, 2014 at 9:22 am

    No clash with the LM test day and Nico is required to attend test day since this will be his first Le Mans. And its very possible that Nico’s F1 team would be more than happy to see a young driver bring a ton of money and occupy that seat at Korea if Nico opts to drive WEC at Spa. So I suspect Nico will not be impacted to a degree that he is unable to drive at LM.

  6. gtgianlu

    December 4, 2014 at 12:08 pm

    The date clash is also a ‘message’ to Alonso who is rumored having deep talks with Porsche for LM.Anyway Bobke,testing is not racing,and Hulk needs racing in a,at least,6h race,to learn driving in traffic,driver changes and with a given amount of energy,something different he is used to…

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