The FIA World Motor Sport Council has approved a seven-round schedule for the World Endurance Championship in 2023. The slate includes the centenary edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, which takes place in its traditional slot of mid-June, as well as a new race in Portugal.
The 11th season of the FIA WEC will start with the Official Prologue at Sebring on March 11 and 12, followed by the first race of the season, the 1000 Miles of Sebring on March 17 for the “Super Sebring” weekend alongside the Mobil of the IMSA WeatherTech 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Championship.
The very first 6 Hours of Portimao on the Algarve International Circuit will take place on April 16. It will be the second time the WEC has raced at the track, which previously staged the 8 Hours of Portimao in 2021.
Just two weeks after Portimao, the teams will meet again for the TotalEnergies 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps. This will be the 11th edition of the event which has featured in every season of the FIA WEC and is considered the event which gives the best form guide for the following 24 Hours of Le Mans.
May allows the teams to prepare for the big moment, as the teams enter a very busy month of June with the 91st edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, which will take place in its traditional 24th week of the year on June 10 and 11. This year’s race will be the centenary edition since the event was first held in 1923.
At Le Mans, the most prestigious manufacturers in the world, Ferrari, Porsche, Peugeot, Toyota, Cadillac and Glickenhaus, will compete for the superb Centenary Trophy, created in association with the Monnaie de Paris and recently unveiled at the famous Concours d’Elegance in Pebble Beach in California.
After Le Mans, the FIA WEC moves to the 6 Hours of Monza, which will take place on July 9. This will be the third edition of the event which has already provided so much drama and excitement in its short history with the FIA WEC.
The 6 Hours of Fuji will follow on September 10 and the season will end once again with the 8 Hours of Bahrain on November 4. Bahrain has been on the WEC calendar since 2012 and the 2023 event will be the eighth time the location has hosted the season finale.
“I am very happy to see the FIA World Endurance Championship gain momentum,” said FIA President Mohammed Ben Sulayem. “I would like to thank everyone involved – the FIA, the ACO and the promoter of the FIA World Endurance Championship. Thanks to the efforts of the promoter, the championship enjoys a strong and stable calendar. future, 2023 cannot come soon enough.The most prestigious endurance race in the world, the 24 Hours of Le Mans celebrates its centenary, avoiding on this occasion the confrontation with a Formula 1 Grand Prix. will see the strongest entry yet, so there’s a lot to look forward to.”
Richard Mille, Chairman of the FIA Endurance Commission, said: “We have all been looking forward to the 2023 season since the introduction of the Hypercar category in the FIA World Endurance Championship. The range of iconic sports car brands is testimony to the work done behind the scenes over the past two years and that the regulations are relevant to manufacturers as well as proof of the growing appeal of endurance racing in the world.
“The seven-round schedule is a natural evolution of the schedule we know well from previous years and will provide the automakers involved with a stage to showcase their dream cars at a variety of world-class circuits and key global markets. The centenary edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans will be the focal point of the season and I am extremely pleased that this has been taken into consideration during the approval of the Formula 1 calendar by the World Motor Sport Council. of the FIA as the governing body of global motorsport with stakeholders from the world’s biggest championships.