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Imola Included on Unchanged 2025 WEC Calendar

WEC presents unchanged 2025 calendar; new four-year deal for Imola…

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The Autodromo Internazionale di Enzo e Dino Ferrari in Imola will remain a part of the FIA World Endurance Championship calendar until 2028 and forms part of an unchanged, eight-round schedule for the 2025 season.

The Emilia Romagna circuit debuted on the WEC calendar during the 6 Hours of Imola earlier this year, replacing Monza as that venue was undergoing renovation work.

However, it has retained its spot as the second round on next year’s calendar, as confirmed by the ACO as part of its traditional pre-Le Mans press conference on Friday.

This comes as part of a newly signed four-year deal between the circuit and WEC.

As part of the renewed commitment, Imola has pledged to improve paddock infrastructure and build extra pit garages.

All other venues that were part of the calendar last year have also returned, while the schedule is set to feature a number of noteworthy clashes.

The Spa round, which takes place on May 10, falls on the same weekend as the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship event at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca.

Meanwhile, the existing clash between the 6 Hours of Sao Paulo and the WeatherTech Championship’s visit to Canadian Tire Motorsport Park on July 13 also returns.

The 24 Hours of Le Mans, meanwhile, falls on the same weekend as both the Formula 1 Canadian Grand Prix as well as the NTT IndyCar Series round at World Wide Technology Raceway.

The 2025 WEC season will kick off with the second edition of the Qatar 1812km on Feb. 28, preceded by the pre-season Prologue the weekend prior.

After Imola has kicked off the European leg, the 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps forms the traditional May dress rehearsal for Le Mans, which takes place on June 14-15 next year.

After Le Mans, the flyaway portion of the calendar starts with a visit to Interlagos followed by the six-hour Lone Star Le Mans event at Circuit of The Americas in September.

The 6 Hours of Fuji takes place two weeks later than normal on Sept. 27 before the season wraps up at the Bahrain International Circuit on Nov. 8, which is also a week later than this year.

Despite talk of a ninth round being added, the ACO and FIA elected to remain with a stable calendar for next year.

“The 2025 WEC calendar is about consolidation and creating a schedule that works for both our teams and fans,” said WEC CEO Frederic Lequien.

“The WEC is growing at an extraordinary rate but we must remain humble and by maintaining eight rounds, we are listening to our teams, stakeholders and partners by also keeping budget in mind.

“It is important for WEC to reach as wide an audience as possible and with eight races across five different regions, we will continue to achieve this.”

ACO President Pierre Fillon added: “This season is about stability and exposure in key geographical areas. 2023 was exceptional, 2024 outstanding. In 2025, we shall reach new heights, notably with Aston Martin joining Hypercar.”

2025 FIA World Endurance Championship Schedule:
Feb. 21-22 — Prologue (Qatar)
Feb. 28 — Qatar 1812km
April 20 — 6 Hours of Imola
May 10 — 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps
June 14-15 — 24 Hours of Le Mans
July 13 — 6 Hours of São Paulo
Sept. 7 — Lone Star Le Mans (COTA)
Sept. 28 — 6 Hours of Fuji
Nov. 8 — 8 Hours of Bahrain

Davey Euwema is Sportscar365's European Editor. Based in The Netherlands, Euwema covers the FIA World Endurance Championship, European Le Mans Series and Fanatec GT World Challenge Europe powered by AWS, among other series.

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