A couple of weeks ago the WEC announced that the next season would be a ‘super season’, running for 15 months across 2018 and 2019 as the series seeks to re-align its calendar so that the Le Mans 24 Hours can be the last race of the championship.
Unfortunately many fans were left a bit disgruntled when they learned that the provisional calendar didn’t include a round at Silverstone.
That’s now been remedied however with the news that the series will race at Silverstone after all. It won’t be in its usual season-opening slot in April though, which is good news for the fans who won’t have to spend six hours in April showers (or snow, as happened a couple of years ago!). Instead the race will be held in August, which should mean slightly less wind and drizzle – this is Britain, remember!
Silverstone has taken the TBC slot originally pencilled in for February 2019, and there has also been a couple of other changes. The races in Fuji and Shanghai have been moved back a week to prevent a clash with Petit Le Mans.
Revised 2018/19 WEC calendar
5 & 6 April: The Prologue, Circuit Paul Ricard
5 May: WEC 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps
16 & 17 June: 24 Hours of Le Mans
19 August: 6 Hours of Silverstone
21 October: 6 Hours of Fuji
18 November: 6 Hours of Shanghai
16-17 March 2019: 12 Hours of Sebring
4 May 2019: WEC 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps
15 & 16 June 2019: 24 Hours of Le Mans
Silverstone’s return is great news as top-level sports car events have been happening at the circuit since 1976, making it one of the classic events of the World Endurance Championship.