WEC adjusts Season 9 calendar, 6H Spa-Francorchamps hosts opening round

The 2021 FIA World Endurance Championship calendar has been rejigged so that the 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps will host the Prologue and opening round.

Today, the FIA World Motor Sport Council approved plans to adjust the FIA WEC Season 9 calendar so that Spa-Francorchamps will now host the Prologue and the opening round at the end of April/beginning of May.

The previous Prologue and season-opener, the 8 Hours of Portimão, has now been moved to June 13, at the original 24 Hours of Le Mans weekend.

The third round will be the 6 Hours of Monza on the originally scheduled July 18.

Afterwards, the recently postponed Le Mans 24 Hours is taking place in August.

The final two rounds of the 2021 calendar remain unchanged.

Frédéric Lequien, CEO of the FIA WEC, said in a statement:

“I would like to thank our teams, suppliers, partners, the FIA, the Portimão and Spa-Francorchamps circuit organisers, the LMEM team and many others for their cooperation in what continues to be a difficult time for everyone.

“The new date for Portimão will give us a better chance of allowing fans to attend and we are certain that the change in schedule is more favourable for all concerned.”

Pierre Fillon, President of the Automobile Club de l’Ouest, added:

“We are continually adapting to government decisions, especially restrictions on travel between different countries.

“Following discussions with WEC competitors, we have no choice but to delay the start of the season.

“We have, however, managed to keep all the rounds on the calendar which is our number one priority.”

WEC Season 9 calendar
Round Venue Date
Prologue (pre-season testing) Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium 26-27 April
1) 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium May 1
2) 8 Hours of Portimão Autódromo Internacional do Algarve, Portugal June 13
3) 6 Hours of Monza Autodromo Nationale di Monza, Italy July 18
4) 24 Hours of Le Mans Circuit de la Sarthe, France August 21-22
5) 6 Hours of Fuji Fuji Speedway, Japan September 26
6) 6 Hours of Bahrain Bahrain International Circuit, Bahrain November 20