The eleventh season of FIA World Endurance Championship has been approved by the FIA World Motor Sport Council. Muhammad Ben Sulayem, FIA President, said, and we agree, it was pleasing to see it grow in strength. The FIA WEC 2023 calendar has improved to seven races. Let’s check the schedule for the world endurance championship season for 2023 season to see what was changed compared with 2022.
How many WEC races are in 2023 season?
The FIA WEC 2023 calendar includes seven races. It is one more than it was in 2022 schedule. The FIA WEC season begins with the Official Prologue at Sebring International Raceway. The event takes place on 11-12 March. Following the race, the 1000 Miles of Sebring opens the World Endurance Championship season on 17 March.
New addition – the race in Portimão is on the schedule.
The 6 Hours of Portimão is a brand new event on the WEC calendar 2023. Race at Algarve International Circuit will take place on 16 April. Previously there was held 8 Hours of Portimão in 2021.
Dates changed in WEC calendar 2023.
In two weeks, we’ll head to the legendary Belgian racing circuit of Spa for the TotalEnergies 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps. The event has been featured in every season of the FIA WEC and 2023 is no exception. The dates shifted a bit. As a result, the race at Spa, which has traditionally taken place in May, has been moved to 29 April.
The 24 Hours of Le Mans celebrates its centenary.
In the schedule of the WEC calendar, there is a major concern about clashing dates with Formula 1. 2023 WEC season has no clashing dates with Formula 1. The 24 Hours of Le Mans will take place on 10-11 June as per tradition. This year’s race wil be very special because it will mark the centenary edition. The first ever Le Mans race took place in 1923.
After Le Mans, the FIA WEC moves to the 6 Hours of Monza. The FIA WEC 2023 calendar includes one of the most dramatic challenges on 9 July.
The conclusion of the 2023 WEC season.
After the summer break, the WEC heads to Japan for 6 Hours of Fuji. The tenth edition of the iconic Japanese circuit takes place on 10 September.
As before, the WEC 2023 season concludes with the 8 Hours of Bahrain. The event is scheduled for November 4. Remarkable that Bahrain has been a part of the WEC calendar since 2012. While the 2023 event will be the eighth time the location hosts the season finale.
What tracks do the WEC race on in the 2023 season?
- Sebring International Raceway (6.019 km) has prepared for 1000 Miles of Sebring
- Algarve International Circuit (4.653 km) for a surprise new race in Portimão
- Belgian Circuit Spa-Francorchamps (7.004 km) for TotalEnergies 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps.
- The longest race track on the WEC calendar – Circuit de La Sarthe (13.626 km) opens its doors for the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
- Autodromo Nazionale Monza (5.793 km) welcomes the WEC drivers for the 6 Hours of Monza
- Fuji International Speedway (4.563 km) hosts WEC after the summer break.
- Bahrain International Circuit (5.412 km) is the traditional WEC season finale for 2023.
Instead of a conclusion.
There are no big changes to the WEC 2023 calendar. So, the schedule looks the same as in 2022. However, the race in Portimao has become one of the most coveted. So, the dates changed a bit, but remained the same. Besides the 24 hours of Le Mans, it is expected to be a major racing event in 2023.