In addition to the WEC’s calendar changes for 2018/19 announced today at CoTA, FIA WEC CEO Gerard Neveu also gave an update on the FIA WEC’s Sebring race in 2019 as part of the IMSA-WEC double-header. Neveu stressed that it will go ahead as planned, despite some concerns being expressed over the logistical challenges involved in running back-to-back endurance races on the Floridian circuit.
The plan announced during the 6 Hours of Mexico weekend was to host a 12-hour WEC race at the Sebring circuit, starting two hours after IMSA’s Mobil 1 12 Hours of Sebring. The idea to host two 12 Hours of Sebrings on the same weekend, raised questions from numerous members of the WEC paddock regarding the condition of the track, the race start time (midnight) and the ability to wrap up the IMSA race quickly enough to get the WEC race underway on schedule.
However, Neveu made it clear today that despite the logistical challenges that the WEC faces that weekend, that he is confident that it can be done. However, he did reveal that the WEC is considering making the race a different length to origina 12 hours previously announced.
“We are looking at the name of the race and that might inform the eventual length of race that we hold at Sebring,” said Neveu at the Circuit of the Americas today. “It will definitely be longer than a six-hour race, perhaps 10, or eight or a race measured by distance.”
In addition to that, he said that a ‘spectacular entertainment programme’ is also being organised for the fans for the gap between the two races.
To progress the plans for the 2019 race, Sebring Raceway’s president and general manager Wayne Estes is in attendance at Circuit of The Americas this weekend to discuss the event further with the WEC’s organisation and various members of the paddock.