The 2023 World Endurance Championship will be the biggest in recent seasons as Ferrari and Porsche join the Hypercar class, with several of motorsport’s biggest stars also competing this year.
The centenary of the Le Mans 24 Hours and the technical regulations in the WEC’s top class has persuaded manufacturers to join, which has led to 13 entries in the Hypercar class.
Toyota, Porsche, Ferrari, Cadillac and Peugeot will be among those fighting for the overall championship.
1997 Formula 1 world champion Jacques Villeneuve will be the most notable name on the grid, but other top drivers such as Jean-Eric Vergne, Antonio Felix da Costa, Andre Lotterer, Kamui Kobayashi, Sebastien Buemi, Paul di Resta and Antonio Giovinazzi will be competing in the Hypercar class.
LMP2 and GTE Am return for 2023, after the GTE Pro class was dropped last year.
How can I watch the World Endurance Championship in 2023?
There will be extensive coverage of the Le Mans 24 Hours, which will celebrate its 100th anniversary in June.
World Endurance Championship 2023 Calendar
|1||1000 Miles of Sebring||Sebring International Raceway||March 17|
|2||6 Hours of Portimao||Algarve International Circuit||April 16|
|3||6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps||Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps||April 29|
|4||24 Hours of Le Mans||Circuit de la Sarthe||June 10-11|
|5||6 Hours of Monza||Monza||July 9|
|6||6 Hours of Fuji||Fuji Speedway||September 10|
|7||6 Hours of Bahrain||Bahrain International Circuit||November 4|
The best WEC season for years?
With Formula 1 and Formula E growing substantially over the last five years, the World Endurance Championship could be about to have a boom of its own.
The early 2014 to 2016 era where Audi, Porsche and Toyota went head-to-head in LMP1 is still seen as one of the best sportscar eras ever and it’s hoped the same can happen in the Hypercar class.
BMW and Lamborghini will also join the series in 2024 so there will be at least seven manufactures in the top class next year.
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