SEASON 8: 2019-2020
Season 8 was a season like no other with the COVID-19 pandemic and which ended up being 443 days long! It opened with the 4 Hours of Silverstone (UK) in September 2019 and culminated 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 COVID-19, 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 24 Hours of Le Mans swapped its traditional date in June to a new mid-September date. The final round of the re-scheduled Season 8 calendar in Bahrain saw 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.