WEC makes its much anticipated return to Silverstone this weekend with all eyes on Toyota after their historic win at Le Mans in June and the announcement this week that Toyota driver Fernando Alonso will be departing from McLaren and F1 at the end of the season.
Along with the excitement of the best endurance series in the word being back on British soil, WEC released their provisional 2019/20 calendar this morning , revealing that visits to São Paulo and Bahrain are re introduced alongside Silverstone, Fuji, Shanghai, Sebring, Spa and Le Mans. The calendar which was drawn up taking into account fan feedback sees a September visit to Silverstone in 2019 but Le Mans as expected retains its June date, the backbone of the FIA series. The provisional Calendar, which is subject to approval by the FIA World Motor Sport Council, is as follows:
01 September 2019 4 Hours of Silverstone (Great Britain)
13 October 2019 6 Hours of Fuji (Japan)
17 November 2019 4 Hours of Shanghai (China)
14 December 2019 8 Hours of Bahrain (Bahrain)
01 February 2020 6 Hours of São Paulo (Brazil)
xx March 2020 1000 Miles of Sebring (8 hours) (USA) –To be confirmed
03 May 2020 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps (Belgium)
13-14 June 2020 24 Hours of Le Mans (France)
With the two month break since Le Mans over, WEC fans can look forward to a packed weekend of on track action, including the return of Jenson Button to Silverstone for the first time since his last full season in F1 in 2016. Qualifying for WEC gets underway tomorrow afternoon and the 6 hr of Silverstone begins at 12.00 on Sunday.
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