Introducing the World Endurance Championship

Created though a partnership between the ACO and the FIA, the WEC is replacing the International Le Mans Cup.  Held across eight races with the 24 Hours of Le Man as the centerpiece, the WEC will run under the same ILMC rules with LMP1 and LMP2 prototype classes as well as the two GTE classes.

Just how is this different from the 2-year-old ILMC?  Aside from the partnership with the FIA, not much.  My hope is we’ll see several of the FIA GT competitors such as the Audi R8 LMS and the Mercedes SLS AMG GT3 running against the Corvette, BMW, Ferrari, and Porsche.

They’ll be running at the usual suspect endurance tracks:

12 Hours of Sebring (USA)

6 Hours of Spa (Belgium)

24 Hours of Le Mans (France)

6 Hours of Silverstone (England)

6 Hours of Sao Paulo (Brazil)

6 Hours of Mt. Fuji (Japan)

6 Hours of Bahrain (Bahrain)

6 Hours of China (China)

While it’s disappointing Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta has been left off the schedule, it’s still on the 2012 American Le Mans schedule.  As for what competitors will be there, only time will tell.

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