Official: WEC 2023 calendar with Portimão

It was expected, the WEC 2023 calendar is now known. As predicted, the World Endurance Championship increases to seven events with the return of Portimão. The Centenary of the 24 Hours of Le Mans will take place on June 10 and 11.

The WEC 2023 schedule:

This new exercise will begin again in March, on the other side of the Atlantic. The Prologue will take place in Sebring on March 11 and 12, before the first race of the season, the 1000 Miles of Sebring, on Friday March 17. This will take place as part of a “Super Sebring” organized jointly with IMSA, with the round of the North American championship, the 12 Hours of Sebring, on Saturday 18 March.

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The first 6 Hours of Portimão will take place on April 16. This will be the second time that the World Endurance Championship will stop on the Portuguese track, after the 8 Hours of Portimão in June 2021. The paddock will remain in Europe two weeks later with the 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps, advanced to April 29.

It will then be necessary to wait more than a month before seeing the championship players in action again for the big meeting of the season, the Centenary of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, on June 10 and 11. A date sanctuary by the FIA ​​and which will not face any Formula 1 Grand Prix. IndyCar has carefully avoided this weekend also in its 2023 calendar.

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Monza will be there on July 9 for a 6 Hour race. Two months before the tenth edition of the 6 Hours of Fuji, on September 10. Finally, the final of the 2023 season will take place on the Sakhir track, with the 8 Hours of Bahrain, on November 4.

“We are very pleased to announce the 2023 FIA World Endurance Championship calendar,” said Frédéric Lequien, CEO of LMEM and WEC. It’s a very exciting time for the FIA ​​WEC with the growth and caliber of our Hypercar class and we’ve expanded to include another event, with a return to Portugal. Portimão showed its potential when we raced there in 2021, so it’s fantastic to be back there next year. We have worked closely with all of our stakeholders to produce a schedule that works well for the needs of our attendees and fans. 2023 should deliver a fantastic racing season and we can’t wait for it to get underway. »

A schedule that could be further expanded with an eighth stopover in 2024…

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