WEC reveals changes to 2018/19 'superseason' calendar

The FIA World Endurance Championship has revealed a final version of its 2018/19 calendar that incorporates an August race at Silverstone.

WEC reveals changes to 2018/19 'superseason' calendar

As expected, Silverstone fills the four-month gap between next year's Le Mans 24 Hours and Fuji on the previously-released 'superseason' calendar, the British track being handed an August 19 date.

WEC had initially been hoping to slot in an extra venue in February 2019 that would have permitted cars to be sea-freighted to Sebring in March, with Mexico City and Interlagos understood to be the two main options that were investigated.

However, Silverstone was kept as a back-up option in case this failed to materialise, and series boss Gerard Neveu strongly hinted that the Northamptonshire venue was set for a reprieve

Elsewhere, WEC has adjusted the dates for its Fuji and Shanghai rounds, which will now take place on October 21 and November 18 respectively.

The initial date given for Fuji, October 14, clashed with the Petit Le Mans round of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, causing concern for some drivers who have traditionally combined their WEC commitments with outings in IMSA's blue riband events.

This has been averted by moving the Fuji race back a week, while Shanghai has been moved back by a fortnight for logistical reasons.

Spa still hosts the opening round of the 'superseason' on May 5, while the 2019 edition of the Le Mans 24 Hours will serve as the season finale.

2018/19 WEC schedule:

DateVenue
April 6-7  Paul Ricard (Prologue)
May 5  Spa-Francorchamps
June 16-17  Le Mans
August 19  Silverstone
October 21  Fuji
November 18  Shanghai
March 16-17  Sebring
May 4  Spa-Francorchamps
June 15-16  Le Mans
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