SEASON 8: 2019-2020
Season 8 opened with the 4 Hours of Silverstone (UK) in September 2019 and will culminate with the 8 Hours of Bahrain in November 2020.
Following Silverstone, the WEC visited Asia for two races staged at Fuji (Japan) and Shanghai (China). An 8-hour race in Bahrain followed in December 2019 before a trans-Atlantic journey to the Circuit of The Americas in Texas, USA, for round 5 of WEC Season 8 in February 2020.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, round 6 at Sebring (USA) was cancelled in March and the subsequent races at Spa-Francorchamps and Le Mans were rescheduled, both taking place behind closed doors. The TOTAL 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps was moved from April to a new date in August, while the legendary 24 Hours of Le Mans has swapped its traditional date in June to a new mid-September date.
The final round of the re-scheduled Season 8 calendar in Bahrain will see the new World Champions crowned with drivers having had their skills and resilience tested both on and off the track in this very unique period. the shortest race at 4 hours to the longest at 24 hours, in the end, only the world’s best endurance drivers will be worthy of being crowned this November.
LOOKING AHEAD TO SEASON 9: 2021
In 2021, the WEC will continue 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.
More information including a provisional calendar for WEC Season 9 will be revealed in the upcoming weeks. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the decision has been taken to revert to a single year instead of a cross-year calendar.