Calendar Clashes for the 2017 FIA WEC

The World Endurance Championship calendar had been secured since the end of September, with nine rounds confirmed as Mexico stays on the calendar next year. But some disruptions to the schedule have been made. Below, you will find the updated 2017 WEC calendar.

The first issue encountered was the clash, once again, of the 24 Hour of Le Mans with the European Grand Prix in Formula One. Organisers of the two series had put the two events on the same weekend as they did in 2016, which means that no Formula One drivers can come across to World Endurance racing like Nico Hulkenberg did in 2015. However, after the German Grand Prix has once again been dropped from its rotation to Nürburgring the European Grand Prix has been brought forward, meaning that Le Mans has the weekend of the 17th June to itself. 

Formula One was not the only other series that WEC had a clash with. There is an agreement with Formula E that the two series will never race on the same weekend as a lot of the endurance racers - like Sam Bird, Andre Lotterer, and Sebastian Buemi – take part in both series. But the inaugural New York ePrix and the 6 Hours of Nürburgring have both been pencilled into the 15-16th July. The clash did seem unavoidable as there is an agreement with all WEC teams that there will be a four-week gap after Le Mans and Nürburgring wanted two weeks to prepare for the German Grand Prix, meaning there was only one weekend in July WEC could take for the 6 Hours of Nürburgring. Now, with the German Grand Prix not going ahead at either Nürburgring or Hockenheim, the only thing that could prevent a date change is the Drift Cup that Nürburgring is holding on the 23rd July. Whether or not this clash will be avoided is yet to be confirmed. 

Finally, the pre-season test around Monza has been postponed by eight days. The 2017 challengers were supposed to take to the track for the first time on the 24/25th March but due to the Pope Francis taking a visit to Monza on that weekend the test day has been delayed. “Organisational and security reasons” have seen the WEC Prologue move to an April 1st-2nd date. The ELMS test dates on the 28/29th March have not moved. 

2017 World Endurance Championship Calendar:

April 1-2    WEC Prologue, Monza

April 16    6 Hours of Silverstone

May 6    6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps

June 17-18    Le Mans 24 Hours

July 16    6 Hour of Nürburgring 

September 3    6 Hours of Mexico

September 16    6 Hours of Circuit of the Americas

October 15    6 Hours of Fuji

November 5    6 Hours of Shanghai

November 18    6 Hours of Bahrain