Credit: FIA WEC

The recent COVID-19 circumstances have disrupted the Season 8 calendar of the FIA World Endurance Championship, but have been addressed by a revised provisional schedule from the promoters.

A reformed schedule of WEC’s Season 8 finds that a total of eight races will still make up the 2019-2020 calendar, and that Season 9 will not begin until March 2021.

The postponed 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps race will now take place on August 15, following its customary role to precede the 24 Hours of Le Mans which will be on September 19-20.

The postponed 1000 Miles of Sebring will not return until 2021 and will be replaced by the 8 Hours of Bahrain in November; this will conclude Season 8 of FIA WEC.

This revision has delayed the debut of the Le Mans Hypercar and also postponed the Season 9 rounds at Silverstone, Monza, Fuji and Kyalami – WEC will be in contact and negotiation with these venues to reach a suitable resolution.

WEC’s actions run in-line of the changes that other world championships are making due to the COVID-19 circumstances.

In an official release, WEC have said: “It is important to note that the number of events remains the same in order to guarantee fairness and equal sporting terms for all competitors.”

Gérard Neveu, CEO of the WEC and ELMS said: “The evolution of this global health crisis has left us with little choice.

“It is today impossible to consider organising an international motorsport event before the summer, so we have rearranged the calendar accordingly while keeping the same number of events on the schedule.

“However, we must be prepared for some big changes for next season because we will have to incorporate many parameters, starting with the inevitable economic difficulties that are to come.

“For the time being our overriding concern is for everyone’s good health, and we hope that everyone will take good care of themselves and their loved ones in the weeks to come.”

Pierre Fillon, President of the Automobile Club de l’Ouest (ACO) has described it as “an exceptional decision for an exceptional situation.

“In the context of what we are all going through now, the reprogramming of the WEC’s Season 8 calendar required certain adjustments in concert with our different partners, competitors and host circuits.

“However, to ensure the quality and fairness of this championship, this year it is necessary to depart from the 24 Hours of Le Mans, scheduled for 19/20th September, being the Super Finale of the 2019-2020 FIA World Endurance Championship.

“This modification to the current FIA WEC has been established with full transparency and with the understanding of all concerned.  Once again, the priority is to ensure the good performance of our championships by limiting as far as possible the effects of this crisis.

“Furthermore, the start of the 2020 24 Hours of Le Mans will be at 14:30 (local time) on 19th September.  This time has been decided upon with our partners, notably TV, and with our competitors.”

PROVISIONAL SEASON 8 CALENDAR
September 3, 2019 4 Hours of Silverstone (GBR)
October 6, 2019 6 Hours of Fuji (JPN)
November 10, 2019 4 Hours of Shanghai (CHN
December 14, 2019 8 Hours of Bahrain (BAH)
February 23, 2020 Lone Star Le Mans (USA)
August 15, 2020 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps (BEL)
September 19-20, 2020 24 Hours of Le Mans (FRA)
November 21, 2020 8 Hours of Bahrain (BAH)

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