The FIA World Endurance Championship will visit yet another new territory in 2016, following the addition of Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez in Mexico City to the calendar.
The newly-renovated circuit, which holds a Formula 1 Grand Prix this year, will host a six hour FIA WEC race on September 2-4. This will take place two weeks prior to the Circuit of The Americas round.
“The opportunity offered by Mexico City to take endurance racing back to Latin America was the right one at the right time,” said series CEO Gerard Neveu.
“In consultation with our partners and competitors, we believe that the countries in which we race have all fully embraced endurance racing and that was one of the considerations for any further rounds.”
Furthermore, the gap after the 24 Hours of Le Mans has been reduced by over a month, with the Nurburgring round rescheduled for July 22-24. Apart from this, though, the remainder of the calendar stays the same.
The season-opening round at Silverstone will take place on April 15-17, followed by Spa-Francorchamps on May 5-7. Ahead of the 24 hour race on June 18-19, the official test day is set to occur on June 5.
The new slot for the Nurburgring round on July 22-24 opens up space for the Mexico City race on September 2-4, ahead of Circuit of The Americas on September 15-17.
The final three races of the season, like in 2015, will take place at Fuji Speedway on October 14-16, Shanghai on November 4-6 and Bahrain on November 17-19.