It’s been announced that roughly half the World Endurance Championship’s’Super Season’ in Sebring will be rescheduled to the earlier date of March 15 (Friday) following year. It is going to be somewhat shorter race of 1,000 kilometers — roughly eight hours.
WEC confirmed a return to Sebring with programs to get a 1,500-mile race taking place on the same weekend since the Sebring 12 Hours of IMSA. The WEC race was due to begin at midnight on Saturday following the conclusion of the IMSA event.
But during a meeting between organisers and key stakeholders, it was agreed that the event ought to be moved to Friday and reduced length. It run into the late-evening and will begin in the afternoon. A full event schedule is due to be released at a later date.
WEC will make use of a separate installed pitlane adjoining to the Ulmann Strait allowing a transition between on track sessions for different championships.
The schedule will be comfortable for audiences, corner workers, media, teams and commercial partners, and will provide more entertainment for the fans.
The WEC paddock will be available to enthusiasts and will operate to the IMSA paddock — that remains in its usual place — towards Turn 16.
Gérard Neveu, WEC boss, stated after the meeting:”Everybody went in to the assembly having a willingness to find a solution which worked nicely for us, realizing that some flexibility could be required on both sides, and the key factors such as the schedule and the pitlane and paddock were agreed Promptly.
We received a very warm welcome, had many meetings while in Florida, and a lot of the logistical bumps have been smoothed out ready for the WEC’s visit next year.”
Scott Atherton, president of IMSA added:”The conclusions that came from our talks with the WEC, FIA and monitor management guarantee to generate the 2019 Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Presented by Advance Auto Parts weekend a complete must for sports auto racing enthusiasts from across North America and across the world.
“There has been a lot of speculation surrounding the initial announcement of the combined event, but we always thought we could find answers to the many questions and challenges that needed to be addressed to sponsor 2 world-class occasions on a single weekend. And rsquo & that;s precisely what we did.
“In the months and weeks ahead, we understand this spirit of collaboration will continue as we finish the process of planning what promises to become an unprecedented exhibition of sports car endurance racing for the fans – and competitors in each championship.”