SEASON 8 : 2019-2020
Season 8 opened with the 4 Hours of Silverstone in September 2019 and culminates with the 24 Hours of Le Mans which will form the WEC finale in June 2020. The season also includes races at Fuji (Japan), Shanghai (China), Bahrain, Austin and Sebring (USA) plus Spa-Francorchamps (Bahrain).
The WEC continues to offer teams, drivers, partners and stakeholders a unique stage to compete at some of the world’s best race circuits. It also helps offer manufacturers a real-world relevance to advances in road car design and crossover technology, performance and safety.
The comprehensive regulations allow for complex and awe-inspiring sports prototypes, some featuring the latest in hybrid technology, independent chassis and engines suppliers to compete at the highest levels. Furthermore, it allows for some of the world’s top luxury car marques to go head-to-head in the ever-competitive GT categories.
LOOKING AHEAD TO SEASON 9: 2020/2021
Season 9 will see the brand new Le Mans Hypercar replace the top tier LMP1 category, as well as a refreshed calendar for the 2020/2021 FIA WEC season. Silverstone will once again kick off proceedings in September 2020 (back to its 6 hours race format) and culminate with the 24 Hours of Le Mans which will form the WEC Super Finale in June 2021.
Two new venues, Monza (Italy) and Kyalami (South Africa), have been introduced for Season 9 while retaining several traditional competitor and fan favourites that have become an integral part of the WEC’s success around the world. The eight races, to be run in Europe, Asia, Middle East, Africa and America, allow the WEC’s manufacturers, teams and partners true intercontinental visibility at well-established venues in key regions around the world.
Monza, the temple of Italian motorsport at which the WEC Prologue took place in April 2017, has never hosted a WEC race before but has always been a strong favourite with teams and fans alike.
Also new to the calendar is the historic but extensively redeveloped and upgraded Kyalami circuit. Situated between Johannesburg and Pretoria, the 6 Hours of Kyalami will open up new vistas to endurance racing fans across the world and firmly establish world-class racing in Africa. Bahrain, Fuji (Japan), Sebring (USA) and Spa-Francorchamps (Belgium) also remain on the calendar.
The cornerstone of the WEC – the 24 Hours of Le Mans – will see World Champions crowned but drivers must prove their skill throughout the eight-round season, from the shortest race at 6 hours to the longest at 24 hours. In the end, only the world’s best endurance racers who have proved to be top of their game throughout the season will be worthy of being crowned at Le Mans.