10 October 2014
WEC: Nurburgring replaces Interlagos on 2015 WEC calendar
The Nurburgring is added to the 2015 FIA World Endurance Championship schedule in place of Interlagos.
The FIA has confirmed its dates for the 2015 World Endurance Championship calendar, with the Nurburgring being included at the expense of the unavailable Interlagos.
A similar schedule to that of 2014, once more the calendar – which remains provisional for the time being - will comprise of eight events, with the season kicking off at Silverstone on April 12th, before heading to Spa-Francorchamps and then the prestigious Le Mans 24 Hours on June 13/14.
Following an extended break between events this year, the newly-announced 6 Hours of Nurburgring in Germany will help bridge the gap slightly on August 30th before the series heads overseas for the remaining four events at the Circuit of the Americas, Fuji, Shanghai and Bahrain.
Interlagos' removal from the schedule is as a result of renovation work being made to the pit complex in 2015, with the Brazilian event expected to be reinstated for 2016.
In the meantime, WEC CEO Gerard Neveu was delighted to have Germany on the calendar, particularly with Audi and Porsche competing in the LMP1 class.
“This calendar represents continuity and stability,” said Gerard Neveu. “We are very excited about visiting the Nürburgring and holding the first FIA WEC race in Germany, which will be a good homecoming for Audi and Porsche. Nürburgring has a long history with endurance racing and this event will be a good opportunity to celebrate it with both a modern paddock with the FIA WEC, and a historic paddock with the 50th anniversary of the 1000 Kms of Nürburgring. With this new calendar we have reduced the summer break and it will provide around one race per month.”
“The eight race calendar means we are also building the tradition of 6-hour events in the countries we visit,” added Pierre Fillon, President of the ACO. “To maintain all of the races at the same time of the season for at least three years is a very positive move. The 2015 FIA WEC calendar will provide a great mix of entertainment and sporting action, with the highlight of the season coming in June with the 24 Heures du Mans, which remains the jewel in the endurance racing crown. We look forward to seeing you in 2015.”
Provisional 2015 FIA World Endurance Championship calendar
12 April – 6 Hours of Silverstone, United Kingdom
2 May – 6 Hours of Spa, Belgium
13/14 June – 24h du Mans, France
30 August – 6 Hours of Nurburgring, Germany
19 September – 6 Hours of Circuit of the Americas, USA
11 October – 6 Hours of Fuji, Japan
1 November – 6 Hours of Shanghai, China
21 November – 6 Hours of Bahrain, Bahrain
27/28 March – Prologue (pre-season launch and test), Paul Ricard
31 May – Le Mans testing
Meanwhile, the FIA also suggests Canada is being considered for a round of the WEC in the future at the F1-hosting Gilles Villeneuve Circuit in Montreal, albeit not until 2017.
WEC will see Nissan join Audi, Porsche and Toyota in swelling the WEC LMP1 ranks.
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