WEC: Provisional calendar for Season 9 reveals six global venues

The provisional calendar for the 2021 FIA World Endurance Championship has been unveiled, featuring six venues around the world.

Following global circumstances earlier this year surrounding COVID, this year’s Season 8 calendar was disrupted and the schedule was changed.

The 1000 Miles of Sebring was cancelled, and the 6H Spa-Francorchamps and 24H Le Mans were deferred to different dates.

Season 8 began in September of 2019 at Silverstone and was set to progress over a winter calendar (like the SuperSeason before it) and finish in June, at Le Mans.

Pierre Fillon, President of the Automobile Club de l’Ouest (ACO) explained: “Six events make up the 2021 season of the FIA World Endurance Championship.

“To welcome our new top category (Le Mans Hypercar) in endurance racing we needed a calendar that sets the tempo and benchmarks for these new machines.

“Despite the current difficult circumstances, which may bring with them certain consequences for our championship events and certain economic constraints, it is clear that this ninth season of the FIA World Endurance Championship is more than promising, both for its competitors and for the circuits involved.”

As Season 8 is set to finish in Bahrain at the beginning of November this year, Season 9 was already planned to kick off in March 2021 as the world championship welcomes a new top-tier category, the Le Mans Hypercar.

The calendar itself is still subject to approval by the FIA World Motor Sport Council.

Gérard Neveu, CEO of the WEC added: “We listened to our manufacturers, teams and partners and responded with a calendar featuring fewer events than in the past to allow them all time to deal with the current economic crisis.

“We will revise this upwards again in the future, as and when the health situation and the economy allows us to do so – hopefully from 2022 onwards.

“The calendar also takes into account our logistical road map as it provides our teams with the most cost-effective package possible.”

FIA WEC Season 9, 2021 – Prov. Calendar
March 13-14 Pre-Season Tests at Sebring (USA)
March 19 1000 Miles of Sebring (USA)
May 1 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps (BEL)
June 12-13 24 Hours of Le Mans
July 18 6 Hours of Monza (ITA)
September 26 6 Hours of Fuji (JPN)
November 20 6 Hours of Bahrain (BAH)