After announcing the rescheduling of the 2021 edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, which will be held on 21 y 22 August instead of the original date of June 12 and 13, those responsible for the World Endurance (WEC) returned to tweak the calendar due to restrictions in some countries to travel as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.
The first date of the contest to be held in Portimao (Portugal) in early April was postponed until June. In this way, the tournament will start with the 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps (Belgium) on May 1. Right there, on April 26 and 27, the Official Foreword, a general test of the entire category.
After the start in Belgian territory that will mark the beginning of the defense of the Argentine title Jose Maria Lopez, the second appointment will be 8 Hours from Portimao el 13 for June. Subsequently, the 18 July, the 6 Hours of Monza.
After the commitment at Le Mans, marked as the fourth event on the calendar, the WEC will have two other presentations: the 6 Hours of Fuji, September 26; and the 8 Hours from Bahrain, November 20th.
“Due to the current pandemic situation we have to be extremely flexible in our taking action. We continually adapt to government decisions, especially travel restrictions between different countries. After discussions with the WEC competitors, we have no choice but to delay the start of the season. ", he pointed Pierre Fillon, Chairman of the Western Automobile Club, who organizes the tournament.
“However, we have managed to keep all rounds on the schedule, which is our number one priority. We are now looking forward to the inaugural race at Spa in May and seeing the Hypercars fight on the track for the first time. ", Anadio.