The FIA World Endurance Championship has announced their return to Brazil in their 2019/20 season.
That will be the first visit to the country, for the FIA WEC, since 2014. As a small site note, that was the location for the first LMP1 victory for Porsche in the FIA WEC, as well as the final race of Tom Kristensen.
The Interlagos track will once again host the sportscar series. The track has undergone a big renovation since the series previous visit to the circuit, where the teams reported about very old facilities.
It’s a multiyear deal, with the hope to increase the interest in South America. A lot of Brazilians, Mexicans and Argentinians have already raced in the series, and with yesterday’s announcement of Pastor Maldonado, Venezuela has been added to the nations participating in the FIA WEC.
At the press conference today in Sao Paulo, it was also announced that Bruno Senna will be the ambassador of the race, by promoting the race in the local area.
The date for the race isn’t fixed yet, but a cautious guess would be winter/spring 2020, if the series stick to their Asia tour during fall 2019, like the norm has been for many seasons. Interlagos was the season finale in 2014, but back then all the cars were transported by plane, so they were flown directly from Bahrain to Brazil.
The 2019/20 calendar is expected to be announced this summer, so the teams will have plenty of time for their planning.