The second edition of the 1000 Miglia di Sebring, after the inaugural event in March 2019, will bring the World Championship back to taking place on three continents.
It will be the third attempt by the WEC to return to racing on the Florida circuit, after the 2020 and 2021 editions were canceled due to restrictions imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The 2022 calendar, which was released on Friday, traces what was originally planned for 2021, which had already been reduced from eight to six games to mitigate the economic impact on the teams, struggling with the crisis generated by the pandemic.
The tenth season of the WEC will start in Sebring in March, then there will be a hat-trick in Europe, which will have the 24 Hours of Le Mans at the center.
The 24 Hours then returns to its traditional mid-June slot, just as it should have been this season, at least before the postponement to the second half of August.
Fuji’s historic rendezvous will take place in September, as planned this year before restrictions on international travel forced it to be canceled. The grand finale will then be the traditional Bahrain 8 Hours, scheduled for November.
Pierre Fillon, president of the Automobile Club of the West, the promoter of the WEC, said the calendar was designed to maximize exposure while keeping costs low.
Its publication on the eve of the 24 Hours of Le Mans confirmed the comments of Fillon and the great head of the WEC, Frederic Lequien, who had already anticipated last June that there would also be an abbreviated calendar in 2022.
During the now traditional Friday press conference in Le Mans, Lequien said: “Our goal was to create a comprehensive and affordable package after what the last 18 months have represented for the manufacturers and the teams.”
“With the 2022 calendar we have reached the perfect compromise between classic tracks and the heritage of endurance racing. We are confident that the season 10 program will be enjoyable for both competitors and fans.”
As for the Prologue, the pre-season collective test, this will be held in Sebring, on the weekend preceding that of the first race of the season. The plans for the collective test day of the 24 Hours of Le Mans remain to be announced.
The 2022 season will be the second that will return to be held in a conventional way, that is, all within the same calendar year. In the recent past, in fact, there was an attempt to make the WEC a “winter” championship, which began in September and ended in June of the following year with Le Mans.
A format that was abandoned following the changes to the calendars imposed by COVID-19 in the 2019-2020 season, with the season always ending in Le Mans, but in September. And this then led to a “normal” calendar for the 2021 season.