Mexico City added to expanded 2016 WEC calendar

Next year’s World Endurance Championship will include a round at Mexico City’s Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez, expanding the series' schedule to nine events.

The track last hosted top-level global sportscars in 1991, when it was the penultimate round of the World Sportscar Championship season. It has most recently featured Grand-Am events.

The 1991 race was won by Keke Rosberg and Yannick Dalmas in a Peugeot 908.

The event, which appears as ‘to be confirmed’ for September 4 on the calendar released at Austin today, will run between the Nurburgring, which has been moved a month closer to the Le Mans 24 Hours, and COTA rounds.

“The opportunity offered by Mexico City to take endurance racing back to Latin America was the right one at the right time,” said Gerard Neveu, CEO of the WEC.  

“The WEC Promoter will be responsible for the full freight costs for competitors from Europe to Mexico so that there will not be any significant impact on their logistic budgets.  

“We have worked with the teams and circuits to reduce the long summer gap following Le Mans, and this new calendar will keep the action going through the summer.”

Negotiations in Mexico began at the start of the year, and increased during the recent World Motor Sport Council held in Mexico City, where Ricardo Gonzalez, a competitor in the WEC, and Neveu met with CIE Group, which has brought F1 back to the city.

"This category has a long history in our country in Mexico,” Gonzalez told Motorsport.com. “A new era is opening to take the championship in our country that more Mexicans will be involved.”

The rest of the schedule is almost identical to the 2015 calendar.

2016 WEC schedule

17 April: 6 Hours of Silverstone, GBR

07 May: WEC 6 Hours of Spa, BEL

05 June: 24 Hours of Le Mans Test Day

18/19 June:  24 Hours of Le Mans, FRA

24 July:  6 Hours of Nurburgring, DEU 

04 September: 6 Hours of Mexico City, MEX (To Be Confirmed)

17 September: 6 Hours of Circuit of the Americas (Lone Star Le Mans), USA

16 October: 6 Hours of Fuji, JPN

06 November:  6 Hours of Shanghai, CHN

19 November:  6 Hours of Bahrain, BAH

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