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Old 20 Aug 2021, 09:47 (Ref:4068034)   #1
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WEC 2022 Season

May as well make this now, given the provisional calendar has been announced.

Six races + prologue, running from March to September.

Sebring & Fuji are back on the schedule, the former running as a double-header with IMSA the same weekend.

Provisional 2022 FIA WEC Calendar

12/13 March – Prologue test – Sebring
18 March – 1000 Miles of Sebring
1 May – 6 Hours of Spa Francorchamps
11/12 June – Le Mans 24 Hours
10 July – 6 Hours of Monza
11 September – 6 Hours of Fuji
11 November – 8 Hours of Bahrain

As expected, Portimao gets the boot in place of Sebring.
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Old 20 Aug 2021, 10:17 (Ref:4068043)   #2
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I’m guessing Brexit has many unintended consequences that we didn’t know about.
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Old 20 Aug 2021, 10:57 (Ref:4068051)   #3
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I've seen complaints about no Silverstone, but just guessing, maybe they don't want and/or can afford a round? The WEC is hardly F1 or MotoGP, and doesn't bring in anywhere near the same crowds - if it did, they'd be all over it.
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Old 20 Aug 2021, 11:05 (Ref:4068052)   #4
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I've seen complaints about no Silverstone, but just guessing, maybe they don't want and/or can afford a round? The WEC is hardly F1 or MotoGP, and doesn't bring in anywhere near the same crowds - if it did, they'd be all over it.
I think this is true on both sides - Silverstone and the WEC aren't important enough to each other to overcome whatever obstacles (money, scheduling, logistics, etc.) there were to keeping it on the calendar.

Brexit will have been a factor, but even before then there were persistent rumblings about Silverstone being removed.
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Old 20 Aug 2021, 12:12 (Ref:4068063)   #5
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I like the schedule, the Sebring round is a great re-addition and I hope they can finally have a race at Fuji. With Covid cancellations and rain the years prior, I just want some smooth sailing over there!

Any mention of a Le mans test day?
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Old 20 Aug 2021, 12:49 (Ref:4068071)   #6
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For me, it is supremely disappointing that Silverstone isn't on the schedule. Aside from Le Mans, it was always the highlight of my racing year. Still, getting back to LM next year remains the absolute priority....
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How very French, the WEC will be powered by wine. Total set to provide 100% renewable fuels for all entries from 2022.

"The new fuel, named “Excellium Racing 100,” is produced from bioethanol made from wine residues from the French agricultural industry and ETBE (Ethyl Tertio Butyl Ether) produced at a refinery near Lyon, France."

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Any mention of a Le mans test day?
No, but assuming we are back in normal times, I would assume June 5th (or possibly May 29th) would be set aside for Test Day.

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Well it's settled - save the planet, support the sport, down that French plonk!

Seeing as I don't drink, I'm sure a few others will be willing to do their bit for me
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Wonder when Peugeot will join the fray? That’s the big question.
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About what I expected for a schedule. I’m not surprised that Silverstone isn’t included given Brexit.
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Wooo, Sebring. I have tickets already.
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How very French, the WEC will be powered by wine. Total set to provide 100% renewable fuels for all entries from 2022.

"The new fuel, named “Excellium Racing 100,” is produced from bioethanol made from wine residues from the French agricultural industry and ETBE (Ethyl Tertio Butyl Ether) produced at a refinery near Lyon, France."

https://racer.com/2021/08/20/wec-to-...class-delayed/
I wonder if the racetrack will smell a certain way

Also, will the top-3 have to drink Excellium Racing 100 on the podium too?

On a serious note, I think this is awesome on just about every level. If green fuels can buy us some more years of vroom-vroom, they're a gift from god (Bacchus in this particular case).
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The WEC site have Spa down for the 7th May ,not the 1st .
lucky i looked as booking days off work .
https://www.fiawec.com/en/news/2022-...-revealed/7132
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For me, it is supremely disappointing that Silverstone isn't on the schedule.
Hearty recommendation: go to Spa.

Flight from Heathrow to Luxembourg no more than £80 return. Car hire at Luxembourg airport no more than £60 a day. Easy 90min drive from there to circuit. Endless good quality B&Bs nearby. Live on Frites and cheap beer. Watch the world's best cars at the world's most awesome circuit.

Once you've seen WEC at Spa you'll wonder why you ever bothered with Silverstone.
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How many Hypercars will we have in 2022?
We know that 2023 is going to be a paradise but nevertheless 2022 is all mystery.
Only the 2 Toyota are confirmed for the full 2022 WEC.
We still do not know in which race the Peugeot will debut.
Glickenhaus has said that he will not be in the Asian rounds this year and may not go to Asia next year either.
The Alpine A480 Gibson, which previously ran as a Rebellion R13, is currently only grandfathered for one season per WEC regulations, which leaves questions over whether an extension will be granted by the FIA and ACO for it to race in the top Hypercar category for an additional year.
Signatech team principal Philippe Sinault has suggested that the team could be forced to revert to a LMP2 program if WEC does not grant them an extension.
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