The World Endurance Championship has deserted the winter-series format and revealed new dates for the 2019/20 season that can keep an eight-race schedule.
The begin of what would have been the 2020/21 season during which the brand new breed of LM Hypercars are as a result of come on stream has been put again from September and is ready to start subsequent March.
The transfer has allowed the WEC so as to add an extra round to the present marketing campaign in November in Bahrain, its second of the marketing campaign, to interchange the cancelled Sebring 1000 Miles in March, whereas the postponed Spa occasion scheduled for this month will now happen in August.
Spa and Bahrain are set to happen on August 15 and November 21 respectively, both facet of the rescheduled Le Mans 24 Hours on September 19/20.
WEC CEO Gerard Neveu stated: “This resolution is a sign of the return of a daily season: we are going to apply a calendar from March to November subsequent yr.”
He identified that concept for a winter series adopted on from the 2018/19 WEC Superseason incorporating two editions of Le Mans, which was a response to Porsche’s withdrawal from LMP1.
The abandonment of the idea after just one marketing campaign, he stated, was a response to a different disaster.
Neveu burdened that the lockdown and journey restrictions ensuing from the coronavirus disaster meant that it was not attainable to organise two races earlier than the brand new Le Mans date.
“It is at present unimaginable to think about organising a world motorsport occasion earlier than the summer season, so we have now rearranged the calendar accordingly whereas holding the identical variety of occasions on the schedule,” he stated.
“It was imagined to be eight races and we have now to take care of eight races — there’s a big quantity at stake for the opponents.”
Bahrain’s date on the unique 2020/21 calendar has successfully been introduced ahead from December to November to turn into the finale of the present season.
It would have been the fourth race of the brand new season that was as a result of begin at Silverstone in September 5.
Neveu acknowledged that the revised schedule is topic to additional modifications because the world well being state of affairs evolves and calendars of different FIA world championships are revealed.
“We should be ready for some massive modifications for subsequent season as a result of we must incorporate many parameters, beginning with the inevitable financial difficulties which can be to return,” defined Neveu.
He stated that it may be anticipated that the 2021 season will start with the Sebring 1000 Miles.
Among the raft of bulletins, it was revealed that the beginning time of Le Mans in September will probably be introduced ahead from the unique 4pm deliberate for this yr to 2:30pm.
Meanwhile, a revised 2020 calendar for the European Le Mans Series run by WEC promoter the Automobile Club de l’Ouest has additionally been launched.
The season is now scheduled to start out at Paul Ricard on July 19.
Silverstone, which was as a result of host an occasion on the identical weekend because the WEC race in September, has disappeared from the schedule.
Neveu defined that it was not commercially viable for ELMS to race at Silverstone as a stand-alone occasion.
REVISED 2019/20 WEC CALENDAR
September 1 2019 Silverstone (GB)
October 6 2019 Fuji (J)
November 10 2019 Shanghai (PRC)
December 14 2019 Bahrain (BH)
February 23 2020 Austin (USA)
August 15 2020 Spa (B)
September 19/20 Le Mans (F)
November 21 Bahrain (BH)
REVISED 2020 ELMS CALENDAR
July 19 Paul Ricard (F)
August 9 Spa (B)
August 29 Barcelona (E)
October 11 Monza (I)
November 1 Algarve (P)