2025 WEC calendar released as Imola gets extension

2025 WEC calendar released as Imola gets extension

Eight rounds will be part of the 2025 WEC calendar, the same as this year with the 24 Hours of Le Mans taking place on June 14 and 15 as Imola signs extension.

As the FIA World Endurance Championship continues to go from strength to strength, the 2025 WEC calendar will see the championship maintain the same eight events held across four continents that formed this year’s schedule.

The season will kick off once again in Qatar in February with a pre-season Prologue test and 1812km race.

The teams will then head to Europe for three rounds, with two six-hour races at Imola and Spa-Francorchamps in April and May, before the 24 Hours of Le Mans on June 14th-15th.

One month later the teams will head back to São Paulo in July, then Circuit of the Americas (COTA) after a summer break in September, before the final stretch of the season which features visits to the Fuji Speedway for a six-hour race and Bahrain for the traditional eight-hour finale.

The FIA WEC promoter has also signed a contract with Autodromo Internazionale Enzo e Dino Ferrari that will keep the Italian circuit on the calendar until 2028.

Proving its commitment to the WEC, Imola has committed to improving paddock infrastructure including building extra pit garages. This will enable the venue to host an expanded full-season WEC grid, which next year will feature 40 cars (up from 37 this year) and supposedly a minimum of 14 manufacturers.

“This is a fantastic opportunity for the city of Imola, as its geographic position at the heart of the Motor Valley, on the famous Via Emilia road, can help promote the local masteries,” said Marco Panieri, the Mayor of Imola.

“To promote the spirit of Le Mans, the city of Imola and its staff have worked to connect the historic city centre to the race track. Another important factor for us is investment in the race track.

“Thanks to this event we will be able to improve infrastructure like boxes and the fan zone, making visitors and staff experience more enjoyable.”

See also  FIA confiscates multiple parts from Hypercar and LMP2

Also of note is a return to Circuit of The Americas in Texas, which took over from Sebring as the host venue for the WEC’s race in the USA this season.

“The 2025 WEC calendar is about consolidation and creating a schedule that works for both our teams and fans,” said FIA World Endurance Championship CEO Frédéric Lequien.

“The WEC is growing at an extraordinary rate but we must remain humble and by maintaining eight rounds, we are listening to our teams, stakeholders and partners by also keeping budget in mind.

“It is important for WEC to reach as wide an audience as possible and with eight races across five different regions, we will continue to achieve this.

“We are delighted that Imola has committed to the WEC until at least 2028 – the circuit and city Mayor Marco Panieri have been a tremendous support and this year’s inaugural WEC race there was a huge success, which we look forward to emulating in 2025 and beyond.”

Mohammed ben Sulayem, FIA President added: “Over the last couple of years the FIA World Endurance Championship has been enjoying an incredible period of growth in terms of both sporting level as well as popularity.

“With this came the calendar expansion and last year the series settled for an eight-round schedule that provides it with both geographical diversity as well a line-up of world-class racing venues to stage the events.

“It is therefore great news to have the same schedule confirmed for 2025, which for WEC means a stable base on which it can grow even further.”

2025 WEC Calendar

Feb. 21-22 — Prologue (Qatar)
Feb. 28 — Qatar 1812km
April 20 — 6 Hours of Imola
May 10 — 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps
June 14-15 — 24 Hours of Le Mans
July 13 — 6 Hours of São Paulo
Sept. 7 — Lone Star Le Mans (COTA)
Sept. 28 — 6 Hours of Fuji
Nov. 8 — 8 Hours of Bahrain

Leave a Reply