The global COVID-19 pandemic has caused disruption to motorsport all around the world and key members of the FIA World Endurance Championship family share their thoughts in video messages.
The current circumstances have led to Season 8 and 9’s calendars to adapt in order to soon provide some form of endurance motor-racing. As a result, WEC hasn’t seen the next live race since the Lone Star Le Mans (6 Hours of COTA) in February.
The SuperSebring weekend was to be a double-header of IMSA’s 12 and ACO’s 1000 mile events, but were called off as the United States of America introduced their travel bans.
All this meant that WEC would not visit Sebring until 2021, but done rightly so in advance of what was to be the global development of COVID-19.
The safety, health and wellbeing of all spectators, teams and drivers are at the utmost priority.
During the SuperSebring weekend, a presentation was scheduled whereby further details would be given on the LMDh (Le Mans Daytona Hypercar) and WEC’s Hypercar.
As this did not take place, it is understood that discussions are taking place behind-the-scenes that will re-schedule for a date after the pandemic has cleared.
Although the 6 Hours of Spa has been rescheduled for August 15, the ban on public gatherings could mean that the public are facing a ban to the event – in the interests of their safety.
Britain-based Teams like JOTA Sport and Aston Martin Racing have been producing gowns, protective masks and more for the National Health Service (UK). AMR are also believed to be working on a new respiratory protection device.
AF Corse (Ferrari) have also been manufacturing protective face masks in a country which has been amongst the most affected by COVID-19.
Members who have (so far) expressed their thoughts over the passing weeks include co-owner of United Autosports Zak Brown, 2014 WEC LMP1 champion Anthony Davidson, CEO of WEC and ELMS Gérard Neveu, and more.
The main message to WEC spectators worldwide: “The WEC family stands united – Please stay safe and take care.”