FIM EWC: 2017/18 World Endurance Calendar
Posted: 23rd August 2017
Bol d'Or 24H: 16/17 September – Le Mans 24H: 21/22 April - Slovakia Ring 8H: 12 May – Oschersleben 8H: 9 June – Suzuka 8H: 29 July - New Asian race in 2019
The FIM has now announced the provisional calendar for the 2017/18 FIM Endurance World Championship. We expect these dates to be confirmed after the FIM Annual Congress in October.
Provisional 2017/2018 FIM EWC calendar
16/17 September 2017 - Bol d’Or (24 h) / Le Castellet – France
21/22 April 2018 - 24 Heures Motos / Le Mans – France
12 May 2018* - 8 Hours of Slovakia Ring / Slovakia
9 June 2018* - 8 Hours of Oschersleben / Germany
29 July 2018 – Suzuka 8 Hours / Japan
The season kicks off with the Bol d'Or next month, and then returns from hibernation in April with one race a month until the seasion finale at Suzuka at the end of the July 2018. The switching of dates for Oschersleben and Slovakia Ring is aimed at improving he chances of decent weather at those two races.
A new race has been promised for the following season, in February 2019. All we know at the moment is that it will be in South East Asia and will be “a qualifying race for the Suzuka 8 Hours for Southeast Asian and Japanese teams that are not FIM EWC teams under contract”.
The FIM are once again using the 'teams need time to develop new models' excuse that was blamed for the cancellation of this years Portimao race for the late arrival of the new South East Asian race, but we suspect that the fact that no circuit is being named yet means that the existence of this race is still more of an ambition than a definite fixture.
Words Martin Gelder, Photo: FIM EWC