The FIA World Endurance Championship announced earlier this month that a rescheduled double header in Bahrain would complete their 2021 season after determining that the logistical and health control difficulties posed at present by a visit to Japan would not be practical.
Championship organisers LMEM have now firmed up the details of the double header:
Round five of the WEC – the 6 Hours of Bahrain – will take place on Saturday 30 October and will be run in daylight. The race will start at 11:00 local time and finish six hours later at 17:00, just as the sun is setting.
The WEC season-finale – the 8 Hours of Bahrain – will be staged the following weekend (Saturday 6 November) and will start in daytime and conclude in the dark. The green flag for the race will be dropped at 14:00 and last until 22:00, the race finishing under the Bahrain circuits floodlights.
Both events will use the traditional 5.4km Grand Prix circuit.
A total of 63 points will be available across both weekends (25 points for round 5 and 38 points for the 8 hour season-finale).
On Sunday 7 November, there will be an official rookie test for all teams in the WEC who would like to test drivers in their Hypercar, LMP or GTE machinery. More information about the rookie test is due to follow soon.
Frédéric Lequien, FIA WEC CEO: “It will be interesting to see the different strategies that teams adopt for the double-header. It’s certainly going to provide two different types of races by having one run completely in daylight and the season-finale finishing much later at night. We’re very much looking forward to returning to the Kingdom with Sheikh Salman and his team and to crowning our new World Champions at the end of our first ever double-header.”
Sheikh Salman bin Isa Al Khalifa, Chief Executive of the Bahrain International Circuit: “These two contrasting races should offer a variety of challenges to the teams and drivers. We look forward to welcoming all participants to Bahrain, for what we hope will be a hugely exciting conclusion to the season.”