Mexico City becomes the newest venue on the FIA World Endurance Championship’s schedule as the series announced its nine round schedule for 2016.
The Six Hours of Mexico City will be held on September 4th at the renovated Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez circuit, between the 6 Hours of Nurburgring and the 6 Hours of the Circuit of the Americas.
“The opportunity offered by Mexico City to tkae endurance racing back to Latin America was the right one at the right time,” said Gerard Neveu, CEO of the WEC.
The schedule will once again start with the Six Hours of Silverstone on April 17 before heading to Spa on May 7th. Testing for the 24 Hours of Le Mans will happen on June 5th and the 84th running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans is scheduled on June 18th and 19th.
“We believe that the time is right to expand the WEC, and the nine-race calendar for 2016 allows us to continue to build the tradition of 6-hour events in the countries we visit – some of which were not so familiar with endurance racing when be began in 2012.”
Nurburgring will kick off the home stretch of the season with six fly away races including Mexico City, COTA, Fuji, Shanghai and Bahrain. To compensate for this, Gerard Neveu, CEO of the WEC, announced that logistics costs will be covered by in full by the promoter so that teams do not have to do as much.
2016 FIA World Endurance Championship Provisional Calendar**
25/26 March: The Prologue, Circuit Paul Ricard, France
17 April: 6 Hours of Silverstone, GBR
07 May: WEC 6 Hours of Spa, BEL
05 June: 24 Hours of Le Mans Test Day
18/19 June: 24 Hours of Le Mans, FRA
24 July: 6 Hours of Nürburgring, DEU
04 September: 6 Hours of Mexico City, MEX (To Be Confirmed)
17 September: 6 Hours of Circuit of the Americas (Lone Star Le Mans), USA
16 October: 6 Hours of Fuji, JPN
06 November: 6 Hours of Shanghai, CHN
19 November: 6 Hours of Bahrain, BAH
** Subject to validation by the FIA World Motor Sport Council