While the current season of the FIA World Endurance Championship hás three races to go, the next calendar was already announced this Friday (23), without a single surprise and only a change in the pré-season test venue.
As it will occur with the European Le Mans Series, the FIA WEC Prologue will also move to from Paul Ricard to Monza, a move that was on the cards some years ago but will be executed only in 2017. Audi Sport Team Joest is famous for their pre-season exploits with their R18 e-tron Quattros at the Italian circuit, normally without the first chicane, which gives to the spectators on site a nice collection of flyby scenes, but also other teams tend to make private or collective unofficial tests there.
The season still starts in the middle of April, sharing the Silverstone circuit with ELMS, then going to Spa-Francorchamps in the begin of May, this being the 6 hour race and also the first true test of what the teams will send to the 24 Hours of Le Mans in the middle of June. After a month to let the teams at Le Mans reorganize themselves, the action comes back at Nürburgring, ending the European part and moving to North America, first stopping in Mexico in early September and then at Austin and the Circuit of the Americas two weeks later. Moving to Asia for the final third of the season, Fuji opens the activities as the single round of October, while Shanghai and the season finale in Bahrain occur in November. Outside Le Mans, all the races of the FIA WEC calendar keep the trademark 6 hour race format, and the calendar still needs the confirmation of the World Motor Sport Council.
2017 FIA WEC calendar
March 24th-25th – WEC Prologue at Monza
April 16th – Silverstone
May 6th – Spa-Francorchamps
June 17th-18th – 85th 24 Hours of Le Mans
July 16th – Nürburgring
September 3rd – Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez, Mexico
September 16th - Circuit of the Americas, Austin
October 15th – Fuji
November 5th – Shanghai
November 18th – Sakhir, Bahrain
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