2014 FIA World Endurance Championship Calendar Confirmed


2013 24 Hours of Le Mans (Credit: Jean-Michel le Meur/DPPI)

The FIA World Motor Sport Council has revealed the calendar for the 2014 FIA World Endurance Championship.

There are two slight modifications made from the provisional calendar previously announced, most notably the moving of the 6 Hours of Fuji back a week, in order to avoid a clash with the Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka. The Japanese round of the WEC will now be held on October 12, instead of the originally planned October 5.

In addition to the moving of the Japanese round, the 6 Hours of Shanghai has become a three-day event, meaning the race will now take place on November 2.

2014 FIA World Endurance Championship Calendar
Official Test    Le Castellet          FRA         28-29 March
Silverstone                                       GBR        18-20 April
Spa-Francorchamps                       BEL         02-03 May
24 Heures du Mans Test               FRA         01 June
24 Heures du Mans                       FRA         14/15 June
Sao Paulo**                                     BRA        29-31 August
Circuit of the Americas **          USA        18-20 September
Fuji                                                     JPN         10-12 October
Shanghai                                           CHN        31 Oct – 2 November
Bahrain                                             BHN       13-15 November
** To be confirmed

As well as confirming the 2014 calendar, the FIA World Motor Sport Council also confirmed that a system of ‘Equivalence of Technology (EoT)’ between LMP1 technologies will be implemented as a result of the new LMP1 technical regulations. Two periods of adjustment to the technical parameters have been set in place, with the first transitional period of adjustment running until the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

During the period (December 2013 – February 2014), manufacturers will be asked to send data to the FIA projecting what they will be capable of implementing ahead of the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The second period will run for three races after Le Mans, with data again being measured and adjusted for one year until the 2015 24 Hours of Le Mans.

The sporting regulations will be amended to incorporate any modifications resulting in the new LMP1 technical regulations, such as the scale of penalties in order to introduce consistent penalties and graded to the severity of the technical infringement.

A new FIA Endurance Trophy has been created for the best private LMP1 team drivers, assuming more than three cars are entered for the season. Finally, representatives from the ACO and the GT categories will form a collaboration from 2014 to harmonise the categorisation of GT drivers in both the WEC and GT Series.