The WEC 2021 calendar has officially been updated: Spa is going to host the Prologue as well as the season opener on the first of May, instead of Portimao.
If you’re an endurance fan, you will have to update your race calendar: Spa is replacing Portimão to host the Prologue of the WEC season (26-27 April) as well as the first race of the season: the 6 hours of Spa. The decision to delay Portimão’s race until the 13th of June has been taken by the FIA, due to Covid restrictions, making it hard for the teams to travel to Portugal. A day after delaying the 24h of Le Mans to the 21st of August, the calendar has been once again shaken, Portimao taking Le Mans’ original date in mid-June.
The Scuderia Glickenhaus stated earlier this year that they won’t take part in Portimao’s race, wanting to be 100% confident about all the aspects of their SCG 007 LMH and still wanting to test their V8 powered monster a little bit more before entering a race. In the end, it seems like there’s a little hope of seeing them taking part in the season opener, as it will now take place on the 1st of May instead of the 4th of April.
“After consultation with the competitors engaged in WEC, this postponement seems like evidence.” Says Pierre Fillon, president of the ACO.
“The new date of Portimão gives us a better chance to allow fans to attend the race and we are sure that this calendar change is more favorable for all parties involved.” Say Frédéric Lequien, director of the WEC.
After all the modifications, here is the new official WEC calendar for Season 9.