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COTA, Bahrain Confirmed as Night Races

FIA WEC COTA, Bahrain rounds to feature as night races…

Photo: John Dagys

Photo: John Dagys

Two regular season rounds of this year’s FIA World Endurance Championship will be run at night, it has been confirmed.

The FIA WEC announced the starting times for all seven of its six-hour events, with the American race set to take place from 4:30-10:30 p.m. on Sept. 20.

It will run on the same day as the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship race following a reshuffle in the event’s weekend schedule.

The Six Hours of Bahrain, meanwhile, will again run from 3-9 p.m., which will feature more than four hours of night running time.

Additionally, the Spa, Fuji and Sao Paulo rounds will all finish in dusk conditions.

While not yet officially announced, the double points-paying 24 Hours of Le Mans is expected to again have a 3 p.m. start time. 

2014 FIA WEC Race Times

April 20 – Silverstone (12-6 p.m.)
May 3 – Spa-Francorchamps (2:30-8:30 p.m.)
September 20 – Circuit of The Americas (4:30-10:30 p.m.)
October 12 – Fuji (11 a.m.-5 p.m.)
November 2 – Shanghai (11 a.m.-5 p.m.)
November 15 – Bahrain (3-9 p.m.)
November 30- Sao Paulo (1-7 p.m.)

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 Channel, and contributes to other publications worldwide. Contact John



  1. Pete Braun

    February 23, 2014 at 2:51 am

    My home WEC race is gonna be one of the night races! Awesome! I’m already looking forward to it.

    • RideRed

      February 23, 2014 at 7:35 am

      Same. We worried it wouldn’t be the same weekend at first. Looking better every day.

  2. JAGLeMans

    February 23, 2014 at 11:17 am

    Really liked the track layout, produced some very good racing. It was however disappointing as an event, not many fans and lacking atmospheres.

    Hoping this years package is more successful, and puts down some foundations for an annual WEC race at COTA.

  3. Jason

    February 23, 2014 at 3:50 pm

    Will there be enough lighting at COTA at night for the fans at the track to still enjoy the race? Also for TV, I have never really enjoyed the night racing except for Dayton where the is good lighting. for sebring I usually shut off the trace when it gets dark and fast forward to the finish (I rarely watch it live)

    • Nate

      February 23, 2014 at 4:53 pm

      You turn it off and then fast forward to the end….?

    • Dave

      February 23, 2014 at 8:21 pm

      You don’t watch a race if it gets dark? Wow

      • Jason

        February 23, 2014 at 8:36 pm

        I have always had a hard time watching the night part of the race on TV. Daytona is probably the exception just because of how well lit it is.

        For TV and for the fans at the track. I hope that COTA will be as well light up as Daytona is.

        • Dave

          February 24, 2014 at 10:39 am

          What do you mean hard time? Do you have eye problems or you just don’t like the darkness.

  4. Matthew

    February 23, 2014 at 9:31 pm

    Moving this race to the same day as the USCC is a great move. I’m not sure any day anywhere can compete in terms of world class sports car diversity!

    • RexCarswell

      February 23, 2014 at 10:47 pm

      Great move for the fans and the WEC but a pain in the ass for the TUSC teams. Last year was wasn’t too bad logistically, most of the WEC teams were pretty cooperative, but this year I think it could be a bit of a nightmare trying to cram both races into one day. It will take away from the TUSC race but the WEC will get to ride on the coattails and actually have some people stick around and watch this time.

      • JAGLeMans

        February 24, 2014 at 10:46 am

        The WEC race suffered last year because of awful promotion and expensive ticket prices. Quite rightly something had to change, it was an embarrassment China attracted three times as many fans through the gates – they’re also expecting 5k-10k at the pre-season test at Paul Ricard.

        • Conkers

          February 24, 2014 at 12:10 pm

          Expensive ticket prices? I recall them being reasonable. It’s the stuff they tack on once you get there that make it somewhat expensive.

          Totally agree with promotion. There was more promotion for the Grand AM event.

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