WEC 2014 calendar announced
Just one day after the IMSA's USCR championship date announcement, FIA released their calendar for the next WEC season too. There are the same eight races as this year. So any hopes for either Nürburgring or Red Bull Ring came to nothing while some artificial exotic races with no tradition and relative low interest will continue to feature in the championship that should be at the top of all. But races like Daytona 24 Hours, Sebring 12 Hours, Petit Le Mans, which attract much more spectators and attention than Bahrain, China or South American venues, still stay away from the World Championship.
New USCR championship 2014 schedule revealed
TUDOR United SportsCar Championship, as the new series will be officially called, has its 2014 calendar published today. There are 12 events but three of them will not feature all four classes, so every class will have eleven races. The season starts at Daytona and Sebring with traditional 24 and 12 Hour races and ends by Petit Le Mans race in Road Atlanta. Among other traditional races in Watkins Glen, Road America or Laguna Seca, there are events in Long Beach, Detroit, Mosport, Indianapolis, Virginia and the new Americas. All of them were part of either Grand-Am or American Le Mans Series.
Single Toyota now confirmed
After weeks of speculations it is now confirmed that Toyota will enter just a single car in the next WEC race in Sao Paulo. Really bad news for the World Championship as the top class is now, after withdrawal of Le Mans privateer winning Strakka-HPD, reduced to just four(!) cars. Toyota explains this by concentration on development of their new 2014 car. This unfortunately suggests that Toyota is nowhere near the resources of Audi, as we believe that Audi have to do the same. With only three cars counted towards the World Manufacturers Championship (out of 28 entered in the next race), this effectively means that Toyota must have actually given up the fight for the championship title, as it is mathematically almost impossible to beat the two-car Audi team, even if Audi finished the very last in all remaining races, behind entire GTE and LMP2 field. Audi now only needs that one of their cars would cover 70% of the race distance in the remaining events, which is more than easy task for the experienced team. And who will fight Rebellion against, while not counted towards the same team/make championship as Toyota and Audi, this a real mystery. At least their drivers can continue with any meaningful fight for the points in the general drivers' prototype classification. But is that what fans really expected from WEC, when it was announced?