Race Calendars: FIA WEC 2019/20

Race dates for FIA WEC 2019/20

Advertisements

FIA_WEC_logo    24_le_mans_logo_detail

2019 FIA WEC

*As at 26 August 2019*

1 Sep 4 Hours of Silverstone Silverstone with ELMS
6 Oct 6 Hours of Fuji Fuji Speedway
10 Nov 4 Hours of Shanghai Shanghai International
14 Dec 8 Hours of Bahrain Bahrain International
1 Feb 6 Hours of Sao Paulo Autodromo Carlos Pace
20 Mar (Friday) 1000 Miles of Sebring Sebring International with IMSA
25 Apr 6 Hours of Spa Spa-Francorchamps
13-14 Jun 24 Heures du Mans Circuit de la Sarthe

From Autumn to Summer & New Race Lengths

The FIA World Endurance Championship (FIA WEC) returns to an annual schedule again, after the transition of the long “Superseason” which included two editions of the Le Mans 24H, with every season now starting in the autumn.

The 2019/20 season will be the first in WEC to run through the Northern Hemisphere’s autumn/winter/spring, with summer being the new off-season.

The other change this season is to vary the race distances following fan survey feedback which asked the series to mix up the race lengths from race to race, rather than have every round being 6 Hours except for the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

The season opener (this week!) is the 4 Hours of Silverstone. On the one hand it seems a little harsh to chop two hours from one of the most popular rounds of the season and I am disappointed by it. On the other hand, this is the only routine WEC round to feature a further 4 hour race for the European Le Mans series on the Saturday. 8 hours of multi-class racing is quite a good deal. ELMS races are can be quite frantic, I wonder if we’ll see that intensity in WEC again?

Similarly, the other big sports car festival is the successful Sebring event. The WEC joins up for the second time with the popular IMSA Weathertech Sportscar Championship weekend. IMSA retains the prestigious, decades-old 12 Hours of Sebring, with the WEC running a separate 1000 Mile (8 Hour) race on the Friday evening. It works where COTA didn’t because it is simple: put the sports car racing in front of the sports car fans.

Fuji, Shanghai and Spa all continue on the calendar although Shanghai is reduced to a 4 hour race. Fuji is popular among Japanese fans. I really do think the Asian Le Mans Series should share a weekend with WEC either at Fuji or Shanghai. Then the WEC would pair with all the continental series at least once.

Bahrain returns after a year away and is extended to an 8-hour ‘into-the-night’ race. Interlagos is back after a few years away, this time the race will be on February 1st. These two rounds eliminate the massive gap between Shanghai and Sebring. Indeed Bahrain’s race is just 10 days before Christmas – there is no off-season these days!

And of course Le Mans is on the traditional 13th/14th June weekend.

End Of An Era

And this will be the final season with the current LMP1 cars. Quite what the “hypercar” era will bring us 12 months from now isn’t quite clear, at the moment it looks like two Toyotas, two Aston Martins and a whole lot of unknowns.

“Hypercar” is planned to be some 8-10 seconds slower around Le Mans than a current LMP1 car, a similar pace to a current LMP2 car. That’s probably 3-4 seconds slower at somewhere like Silverstone.

So you can expect both sets of existing prototypes to be slowed down to run behind the new ‘premier class’. GTE cars shouldn’t be affected. Therefore this is the final WEC season where you can watch this generation of LMP1 and LMP2 cars unrestricted.

And I’ve seen that Toyota TS050 live (and the Porsche 919 when it was there). You want to see that acceleration and direction change in person while you can.

Links

Google/iCal Calendar links:   ICAL  -or-  HTML

For more championships click here.

2019 Calendars: World Rallycross WRX (plus Europe and Americas)

RX-logo-1

FIA World RX Google/iCal Calendar links:   ICAL  -or-  HTML

FIA European Rallycross Google/iCal Calendar links:   ICAL  -or-  HTML

Americas Rallycross Google/iCal Calendar links:   ICAL  -or-  HTML

For more championships click here.

Continue reading “2019 Calendars: World Rallycross WRX (plus Europe and Americas)”

2019 Calendars: Blancpain GT Europe

Print

The ‘mothership’ Blancpain GT series is based in Europe.

For 2019 the five Sprint rounds have been renamed Blancpain GT World Challenge Europe to match the Asian and American series.

There are three titles:

  • Blancpain GT Endurance, five rounds:  24 Hours of Spa, 1000km Paul Ricard, the other three rounds are 3 hours each;
  • Blancpain GT World Challenge Europe, five rounds: 2 x 60 minute sprint races;
  • Overall Blancpain GT title combining all 10 rounds into one series;

Teams can compete in the entire series or just decide to do the sprint or endurance cups.

All races are for FIA GT3 cars exclusively. The class structure is based upon driver ratings with a mix of Pro, Pro/Am and Am classes.

Google/iCal Calendar links:   ICAL  -or-  HTML

For more championships click here.

Continue reading “2019 Calendars: Blancpain GT Europe”

2019 Calendars: Blancpain GT America

blancpain gt america 2019

Blancpain GT World Challenge America is a series for GT3 cars running across North America. It is the replacement for Pirelli World Challenge. The series structure is considerably more simple than before, with the new rules and new name bringing the series into line with Blancpain Asia and Blancpain Europe.

Every Blancpain America round consists of two 90 minute races, one on Saturday and one on Sunday. There is no need to think about ‘Sprint’ and ‘SprintX’ any more. The downside is a reduction in the number of race meetings.

GT4 and Touring Car have been split into their own categories and they already ran their own races anyway. I have not (currently) included calendars for these but can do so on request.

Google/iCal Calendar links:   ICAL  -or-  HTML

For the other Blancpain GT Series and even more championships click here.

Continue reading “2019 Calendars: Blancpain GT America”

2019 Calendars: Blancpain GT Asia

series-btn-bgtwc-asia

Blancpain GT World Challenge Asia is a series for GT3 and GT4 cars running across Asia. It is slightly renamed this year following SRO’s acquisition of the ‘World Challenge’ name, so now there are GT World Challenge sprint series in Asia, America and Europe.

Google/iCal Calendar links:   ICAL  -or-  HTML

For the other Blancpain GT Series and even more championships click here.

Continue reading “2019 Calendars: Blancpain GT Asia”

2019 Calendars: Super Formula

Super Formula

Japan’s premier single-seater open wheel series, featuring Dallara chassis at IndyCar or Formula 2 level, mated to Super GT Toyota or Honda engines. Very quick cars.

Kamui Kobayashi, Kazuki Najajima, Artem Markelov, Harrison Newey and Lucas Auer will be competing this year.

Google/iCal Calendar links:   ICAL  -or-  HTML

For more championships click here.

Continue reading “2019 Calendars: Super Formula”

2019 Calendars: Autobacs Super GT

Super GT 19

Japan’s top sports car series features two classes.

GT500 is the playground of Honda, Lexus and Nissan and drivers like Jenson Button, Heikki Kovalainen, Kazuki Nakajima, Ryo Hirokawa. In 2020 the class will share regulations with the DTM.

GT300 sees a big grid of GT3 cars and similar, from Mercedes, Porsche, Audi, Nissan, Honda, BMW, Aston Martin, McLaren.

Google/iCal Calendar links:   ICAL  -or-  HTML

For more championships click here.

Continue reading “2019 Calendars: Autobacs Super GT”