New look to 2018 WEC calendar and championship

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The president of the ACO, Pierre Fillon, and CEO of the FIA WEC, Gérard Neveu, have outlined a joint pathway that they believe will result in ‘an exciting new-look, strengthened WEC’, following the decimation of its current LMP1 category.

The plans include several moves aimed at increasing the close competition between prototypes and GTE cars, but also offer competitors a viable and sustainable business model for the future. The recent announcement of the withdrawal of certain manufacturers has offered the FIA and ACO an opportunity to accelerate the evolution process which was already underway, and to develop an exciting and enticing vision for the future.

Three fundamental parameters have been taken into account during the formulation of the new-look WEC, with the calendar, logistics, sporting and technical regulations being at the heart of the decisions:

  • All decisions must stay in line with Endurance Racing and the values of the discipline. The 24h of Le Mans remain the point of reference.
  • The major focus remains the client (the competitor), the product (the sporting competition that is delivered) and the fans.
  • As a priority, for each of these decisions, the financial and economic aspects must be taken into consideration. It is essential to allow the WEC’s teams and partners to continue in the WEC with a viable and sustainable business model.

The plans have been presented to, and received the full support of, the President of the Federation Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA), Jean Todt and the FIA Endurance Commission led by its President, Sir Lindsay Owen-Jones. The calendar and new sporting regulations will be presented to the FIA World Motor Sport Council for ratification in the coming days.

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John joined UKi Media & Events in 2012 and has worked across a range of B2B titles within the company's automotive portfolio. Prior to joining the company, John worked for leading automotive design website, Car Design News. Currently editor of Engine Technology International, Professional MotorSport World, Professional MotorSport Circuit, and Transmission Technology International, John co-ordinates the day-the-day operations of each magazine, from commissioning and writing to editing and signing-off, as well managing web and social media content. Aside from the magazines, John also serves as chairman of the annual Professional MotorSport World Awards.

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