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Watch the 2014 FIA World Endurance Championship LIVE on Motors TV

In 2012 the Automobile Club de l’Ouest (ACO) and the Fédération Internationale de l’Autmobile (FIA) launched a brand new global endurance racing series to replace the Intercontinental Le Mans Cup (ILMC). Now in its third season, the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) continues to call Motors TV home in 2014. The series is the pinnacle of sportscar racing, sitting above the European Le Mans Series and United SportsCar Championship – both of which will also air on the High Speed Television Channel this year.

The 2014 campaign will feature eight rounds, including the iconic Le Mans 24 Hours. The world-famous endurance race enjoys a 56-strong entry list, with the field divided between prototypes and GT cars. While the twice-around-the-clock contest acts as a centerpiece, other WEC events will run to a six-hour format.

The biggest news this year is Porsche’s return to the top-tier LMP1 class. The iconic German marque is the most successful entrant in Le Mans history and will field a pair of 919 Hybrids, one of which will be driven by ex-Formula 1 star Mark Webber. Their impending battle with Audi and Toyota looks promising, with all three adopting unique technical approaches. This is a direct consequence of the new LMP1 regulations, with energy use and recovery now the key feature. Energy charts will define the maximum consumption per lap.

Another thriller in GTE Pro?

In the cost-capped LMP2 category, the price ceiling for a new car has decreased to €370,000, while in GTE Am each line-up must include at least one Bronze driver alongside another Bronze or Silver team-mate.

If the GTE Pro season is anything like as nail-biting as last year’s thriller we’re in for a treat. The titanic scrap between heavyweights Porsche, Ferrari and Aston Martin is set to continue this year, with seven cars battling it out in Pro and a further eight in the Am class. This almost mirrors the prototype field, where nine LMP1 and seven LMP2 cars are set to compete in 2014.

Enjoy full live coverage of all WEC rounds (excluding Le Mans) on Motors TV. For more information on the FIA World Endurance Championship, please visit the official website.


 


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FIA World Endurance Championship calendar

  • 19 Apr-20 Apr
    Silverstone
  • 02 May-03 May
    Spa
  • 14 Jun-15 Jun
    Le Mans
  • 19 Sep-20 Sep
    Austin
  • 10 Oct-12 Oct
    Fuji
  • 31 Oct-02 Nov
    Shanghai
  • 13 Nov-15 Nov
    Bahrein
  • 28 Nov-30 Nov
    Interlagos


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