WEC set to move Spa race to avoid Formula E clash

The Spa round of the 2019/20 FIA World Endurance Championship season is set to be brought forward a week in a move that will avert a clash with the new Seoul Formula E event.

WEC set to move Spa race to avoid Formula E clash

WEC boss Gerard Neveu told Motorsport.com that he is working to move the Spa round of the 2019/20 championship from May 2 to April 25, but stressed that the switch was not only to remove one of three conflicts between the two calendars as they stand. 

"I will make the necessary arrangements to move Spa one week earlier and that is now under way," he said. "We feel this is better for Spa because we heard there are other media events in motorsport around in the same period, so this is more comfortable for everyone."

Neveu did state that he wanted to "protect the livelihoods of the drivers and the engineers involved in both championships". 

Sam Bird is one of a number of drivers affected by the calendar issues. Ferrari has said that the Virgin FE driver will not be be able to continue as part of its regular WEC GTE Pro squad if there are multiple clashes. 

Read Also:

Neveu expressed disappointment that the season six FE calendar presented to last month's FIA World Motor Sport Council included three clashes with the WEC calendar published in August 2018. 

He stated that FE had ignored an agreement between the two series to coordinate their calendars. 

"We published our calendar one year in advance and stayed available to discuss it," he said. "Never did we have a call or a discussion."

Neveu made reference to comments made by FE deputy CEO Alberto Longo last month that the FIA's electric-vehicle series wasn't going to move its dates.

"I read that they say they don't care; that is not a vision we share," he said. 

Neveu made it clear that the WEC cannot move the Bahrain round in December that clashes with a TBC on the FE schedule, or the Sebring 8 Hours on the same March weekend as the Chinese FE fixture.

But the likely shift of the Spa date could mean that all the WEC/FE clashes in 2019/20 are averted. 

It is understood that discussions to move the Chinese FE round, which is increasingly likely to again take place in the Sanya, forward by one week to March 14 are underway. 

The TBC, which could potentially be a continuation of the existing Marrakesh event, could either move or disappear from the calendar.

shares
comments
WEC Prologue: Lopez tops first session for Toyota

Previous article

WEC Prologue: Lopez tops first session for Toyota

Next article

Nasr unsure on Rebellion WEC race seat chances

Nasr unsure on Rebellion WEC race seat chances
Load comments
The understated Le Mans legend who has earned a testimonial Prime

The understated Le Mans legend who has earned a testimonial

OPINION: After 24 Le Mans 24 Hours participations, 50-year-old Emmanuel Collard will be absent from the grid this year, stuck at the mercy of his gold driver grading. But, while he's not motivated by breaking start records, the French veteran is determined to return to the field next year.

WEC
Jul 24, 2021
How glitches threatened Toyota's unbeaten WEC streak Prime

How glitches threatened Toyota's unbeaten WEC streak

The FIA World Endurance Championship's long-awaited return to Monza posed the sternest test yet for Toyota's new hypercar. Although the Japanese marque's GR010 Hybrid remains unbeaten, the victory for Mike Conway, Jose Maria Lopez and Kamui Kobayashi was far from plain sailing.

WEC
Jul 19, 2021
The significance of the next step in WEC/IMSA convergence Prime

The significance of the next step in WEC/IMSA convergence

Following the latest convergence connection permitting Le Mans Hypercars from the FIA World Endurance Championship to compete against LMDh entries in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship from 2023, it could open up enticing options not only to manufacturers but also for the calendar and race formats

WEC
Jul 13, 2021
How overlooked Mazda produced one of Le Mans' greatest shocks Prime

How overlooked Mazda produced one of Le Mans' greatest shocks

The screaming rotary-engined Mazda 787 is regarded as one of the most popular Le Mans 24 Hours-winning cars, but until its surprise success on this day 30 years ago it was never regarded as a likely victor. But that reckoned without a new technical partner, some canny political manoeuvring and a rival's bizarre self-inflicted weakness.

Le Mans
Jun 23, 2021
How Alpine's stunted Portimao charge kept Toyota clear Prime

How Alpine's stunted Portimao charge kept Toyota clear

Despite going stride for stride for pace at Portimao, Alpine’s grandfathered LMP1 couldn’t convert pole position into a sustained victory fight against Toyota. And due to rules and car limitations that are set in stone, the French manufacturer will be searching for solutions in its own battle of endurance.

WEC
Jun 14, 2021
Charting 100 world championship sportscar starts for Toyota Prime

Charting 100 world championship sportscar starts for Toyota

This weekend's Portimao 8 Hours round of the FIA World Endurance Championship marks the 100th world champion prototype start for Toyota. Here are the major milestones on the road to three figures since the earliest low-key days of its entry into the Group C arena nearly 40 years ago.

WEC
Jun 12, 2021
The philosophical problems the WEC's new Hypercar class is already facing Prime

The philosophical problems the WEC's new Hypercar class is already facing

Most of the column inches after the World Endurance Championship's opener were centred around the relative pace of the Hypercar class and the LMP2s, but there's another question that needs addressing in order for the new division to have a successful future

WEC
May 7, 2021
How stumbling Toyota drew first blood in the WEC's new era Prime

How stumbling Toyota drew first blood in the WEC's new era

Amid concerns that the new Hypercar class would be upstaged on debut by the spec LMP2 machines at Spa, Toyota delivered the pole and victory that the vast majority of observers expected. But neither car had a clean run, which gave the grandfathered Alpine LMP1 an unexpected shot at glory.

WEC
May 4, 2021