After the success of this years FIA World Endurance Championship, including the battles for supremacy in all four classes, the schedule for the 2014 campaign was released yesterday at Austin, and see’s no surprise that the same eight circuits that this years calendar used. The LMP1, LMP2, LMGTE Pro & LMGTE Am classes will once again start at Silverstone and end in Bahrain. There was talk of swapping Spa for another European venue such as Monza, but the Belgian round was retained after extra talks with the circuit bosses.
Gerard Neveu, CEO of the FIA WEC, said: “This calendar represents a further step to establishing the brand of the FIA World Endurance Championship in the countries that we visit. It is important for the seven races outside of the 24 Hours of Le Mans to have a stable calendar so the fans know when and where the FIA WEC will be bringing the Spirit of Le Mans to a circuit near them. It also represents stability for our teams, sponsors and partners and it will allow us to be able to continue to build on the foundations that have been laid over the past two seasons.”
Pierre Fillon, President of the ACO, said: “2014 will be a very interesting year with the launch of the new LMP1 regulations and the arrival of Porsche with their P1 challenger to rival the cars from Audi and Toyota. We also expect to see more cars in LMP2 and GTE as the championship continues to grow. I am very happy with this calendar as it gives stability for the teams and partners in these difficult economic times. I am looking forward to an exciting 2014 season.”
An expanded schedule for the 2015 World Endurance Championship has not been ruled out.
Provisional 2014 FIA World Endurance Championship Calendar
Subject to confirmation by the FIA World Motor Sport Council
28-29 March – Official Test Days
18-20 April – Silverstone, Great Britain
09-10 May – Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium
01 June – 24 Heures du Mans Test Day, France
14-15 June – 24 Heures du Mans, France
29-31 August – Sao Paulo, Brazil* TBC
19-21 September – Circuit of the Americas, United States
10-12 October – Fuji, Japan
31 October-1 November – Shanghai, China
13-15 November – Bahrain International, Bahrain