FIA WEC Unveils 2013 Provisional Calendar

The FIA World Endurance Championship, which is promoted by the ACO, has today announced the provisional eight-race calendar for the second season that will build on the solid foundations created in 2012 and will be centered around the 24 Hours of Le Mans, which will take place on the 22/23 June next year.

All of the countries that featured this season will return in 2013, with the only change of venue being the move from Sebring to Austin, Texas, which will host a super endurance race weekend with a race for the American Le Mans Series (ALMS) on Saturday and a WEC race on Sunday.

The season will begin in Silverstone on 14 April, which will also feature a separate race for the re-launched European Le Mans Series. In May the World Endurance Championship moves to Spa-Francorchamps (4 May) for the traditional final race before Le Mans and the world famous 24 Hour classic will take place at the end of June for the final European round.

Next the cars will be sent by ship to Brazil for the 6 Hours of Sao Paulo (24 August), before heading to North America for the 6 Hour race in Texas on the 22 September. Then the cars are flown to Japan for the 6 Hours of Fuji on the 20 October, followed a month later by the second running of the Chinese round of the WEC on the 10 November. The eight round world championship will conclude with the 6 Hours of Bahrain on the 30 November.

Pierre Fillon, President of the ACO: “We are pleased to announce the 2013 FIA WEC calendar which will allow us to build on the strong foundation we have laid this season. By going to basically the same venues, with just one exception, it allows the FIA WEC to build awareness of Endurance Racing and will help us to attract even more people to watch us in each of these countries. The 24 Hours of Le Mans will of course remain the corner stone of the 2013 calendar, while Austin will represent new venues.”

Gerard Neveu, CEO of the FIA WEC said: “With the current economic situation it was important to save money on transportation of the cars around the world. This calendar allows us to send the cars by sea freight rather than by air as many times as possible, which will help drive down the costs for everyone involved in the FIA WEC. This is very important for the long term future of the championship and I’m confident that this calendar will allows us to attract more teams and more drivers to the World Endurance Championship next season.”

2013 Provisional FIA World Endurance Championship Calendar
14 April Round 1 6 Hours of Silverstone GBR
04 May Round 2 WEC 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps BEL
22/23 June Round 3 24 Heures du Mans FRA
24 August Round 4 6 Hours of Sao Paulo BRA
22 September Round 5 6 Hours of Austin * USA
20 October Round 6 6 Hours of Fuji JPN
10 November Round 7 6 Hours of Shanghai * CHN
30 November Round 8 6 Hours of Bahrain BAH
*To be confirmed

13 Comments on FIA WEC Unveils 2013 Provisional Calendar

  1. So the Audi e-tron quattro and even the Toyota Hybrid race cars won’t even race the 12 hours of sebring nor Petit LeMans in 2013!? will they even participte in the 2012 Petit LeMans!?

  2. How can you not include Sebring?!?!?!?!
    IMO not a smart move given Sebring’s history and fan attendence. If you want to race at COTA, it should have been as an additional event, not instead of.

    As a side note, I cant wait to see what happpens with the new merged North American series and how having Daytona “back in the mix” will affect the 2014 WEC schedule. Will the “traditional” opening race of the year get shunned as well? I do recognize that the new class structure will play into this as well.

  3. Well, this does not bode well for the ALMS: it seems it will more American Style, then Le Mans style racing. I miss having the big guns at Sebring and Petit LeMans, specially the last one-my favourite ALMS round.

  4. @K. Hayes

    Audi and Toyota were never going to go to Petit, this was known at the beginning of the season. Mainly because the cars will be en route from Bahrain to Fuji.

    I suspect Sebring will still be enough of a draw, both in terms of marketing and engineering, for them to go in 2013 as a stand-alone though.

  5. Paul, furthermore, there is the opportunity that in ’13 teams can “pull a Rebellion” and leave a car behind in America following Austin for Petit.

    There is no room for the WEC at Petit and Sebring. Hopefully some of the truly global teams in WEC still see the value in those events. (Also, I’ll be glad to have ONE set of P1, P2, GTE classes at those races. Timing and scoring has been an eye-sore in combined events.)

  6. It would b nice 2 c if ALMS/WEC P1 cars race Daytona 24 hours when they merge and Audi b in the race! :-)

  7. I guess that leaving out both Petit Le Mans and Sebring in 2013 is already a sign towards the merger GrandAm/ALMS in 2014. The new combined series will not include LMP1, thus there will be no room for a combined race of the international and the American series any more. If Daytona, Sebring, and Petit Le Mans all belong to the new combined series, they will consequently all not be part of FIA WEC.

  8. Sebring was the biggest International race in America for many years with real race cars. Now what ?

  9. Given that the Grand AM / ALMS merger is in reality a Grand Am take-over and also given that the fastest Daytona prototypes would be hard pressed to see which way an LMP2 car it’s no surprise that Sebring etc are not on the above calendar.
    Racing at Silverstone in April doesn’t sound like a great idea to me. I think I’ll leave it until the week before to decide whether or not to brave the weather!

  10. Keep in mind that Petit wasn’t on the WEC calendar this year, before the merger was discussed, and Sebring was only OFFICIALLY dropped from the WEC calendar with the release at the FIA Council meeting. The writing was on the wall this year when the FIA insisted on running a race with separate timing and scoring and podiums (amongst other alleged bad behavior by FIA WEC people towards their ALMS hosts at Sebring). You can only walk all over your partners before they look elsewhere for a better relationship.

  11. You can’t realistically fit 60 cars together at Sebring or Petit Le Mans nevermind the expected 70 plus.

    In 2014 the GA/ALMS series will have to drop a number of races and will struggle to include Daytona, Sebring, Indy, Watkins Glen and Petie Le Mans if they are all long endurance races.

    It makes sense to have Petit Le Mans as a World Championship race and continue with the double bill at COTA.

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