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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

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