The 6 Hours of Silverstone race has been added to the 2018-19 FIA World Endurance Championship calendar with a mid-August slot next year, while the 6 Hours of Fuji and 6 Hours of Shanghai dates has been tweaked.

After the ‘Super Season’ calendar was released last month it saw the dropping of the Silverstone season-opener while an unknown February 2019 race had been pencilled in. Championship organisers says it has ‘listened to competitors and fans’ since announcing the new race calendar in Mexico and made according adjustments.

As a result, the 6 Hours of Silverstone returns in place of the TBA February 2019 race date while the Northamptonshire race will take place on the 19th August to become the third round of the 2018-19 season. The race will run in conjunction with a round of the European Le Man Series.

The second change on the calendar sees the 6 Hours of Fuji race has been rotated to the 21st October in order to avoid it clashing with IMSA’s Petit Le Mans. The alteration has had a knock-on effect to the 6 Hours of Shanghai race which will now take place on the 18th November in order to provide enough shipping travel time.

 

Updated FIA World Endurance Championship 2018/19 calendar

6-7 April:                    The Prologue, Circuit Paul Ricard (FRA) **              

5 May:                         WEC 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps (BEL)

16-17 June:               24 Hours of Le Mans (FRA)

19 August:                    6 Hours of Silverstone (GBR)

21 October:                   6 Hours of Fuji (JPN)

18 November:               6 Hours of Shanghai (CHN)

16-17 March 2019:    12 Hours of Sebring (USA) *

4 May 2019                   WEC 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps (BEL)

15-16 June 2019:        24 Hours of Le Mans (FRA)

* The 12 Hours of Sebring will be a combined event with the IMSA WeatherTech Championship but two separate races will be held.  From 10.00am to 10.00pm on Saturday, the IMSA WeatherTech race, and from 12 midnight to 12 noon Sunday the FIA WEC.

** The Prologue test at Circuit Paul Ricard will offer teams the opportunity to complete 36-hour endurance testing in preparation for the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

 

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