The 2014 FIA World Endurance Championship calendar was ratified this week following a meeting of the World Motor Sport Council in Paris.

The schedule will again include eight events, and compared to the provisional schedule issued in October, the only change sees the round in Japan, the 6 Hours of Fuji, taking place a week later on October 15.

Meanwhile, in related news, the FIA also said following the adoption of the 2014 LMP1 technical regulations, a system of 'Equivalence of Technology (EoT)' between the LMP1 technologies will be implemented.

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"Two periods of adjustment of the technical parameters have been set in place. A first transitional period of adjustment will run until the 2014 Le Mans 24 Hours," explained a statement issued by the FIA. "During this period, the manufacturers will be asked to send data to the FIA (in December 2013 and February 2014) projecting what they will be capable of implementing during the 2014 Le Mans 24 Hours.

"During a second period, after the first three events following the 2014 Le Mans, the data will be measured again and adjusted for one year, until the 2015 Le Mans event. The EoT rules and system of penalties in case of infringement will be managed by the Endurance Committee.

"The sporting regulations will be amended in order to incorporate any modifications resulting from the introduction of the new LMP1 technical regulations, such as a new scale of penalties in order to introduce penalties which are consistent and graded to the severity of the technical infringement."

In addition, a new FIA Endurance Trophy has been created and will be awarded to the best private LMP1 team driver(s), assuming at least three cars are entered for the season.

ACO and GT representatives will form a collaboration as well from 2014 to 'harmonise' the categorisation of GT drivers in both the WEC and GT Series.

The full provisional 2014 WEC calendar is as follows - we have also included the 2013 WEC calendar below for easy comparison...

2014 WEC calendar

March 28-29 France Le Castellet - Official test
April 20 Britain 6 Hours of Silverstone
May 3 Belgium 6 Heures de Spa-Francorchamps
June 1 France 24 Heures du Mans Test
June 14-15 France 24 Heures du Mans
August 31 Brazil 6 Hours of Sao Paulo
September 20 USA 6 Hours of Circuit of the Americas
October 12 Japan 6 Hours of Fuji
November 1 China 6 Hours of Shanghai
November 15 Bahrain 6 Hours of Bahrain

2013 WEC calendar

April 14 Britain 6 Hours of Silverstone
May 4 Belgium 6 Heures de Spa-Francorchamps
June 22-23 France 24 Heures du Mans
September 1 Brazil 6 Hours of Sao Paulo
September 22 USA 6 Hours of Circuit of the Americas
October 20 Japan 6 Hours of Fuji
November 9 China 6 Hours of Shanghai
November 30 Bahrain 6 Hours of Bahrain