WEC: Spa-Francorchamps signs new three-year race deal

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The legendary Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps will continue to welcome the FIA World Endurance Championship for the next three years following the announcement of a contract extension on Saturday.

Ahead of the 2015 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps, the second round of the 2015 FIA WEC season,¬†officials from the WEC, the Automobile Club de l’Ouest (ACO) and the Royal Automobile Club of Belgium (RACB) confirmed that a new deal had been signed to keep the race at Spa until 2018.

“The WEC will therefore be present in Belgium until 2018 and the race will be held every May at the Circuit de Spa Francorchamps,” a statement from the series read. “The high quality and great all-round success has perfectly demonstrated how the event has grown year on year, season on season.

“The enthusiasm and happiness of competitors, manufacturers, partners, fans, media and the organisers in and around the paddocks of this most iconic and historic of tracks prove what a real celebration of sports cars the event has become. All parties look forward to many more great WEC 6 Hours of Spa Francorchamps to come.

“The Belgian round of the WEC, a favourite for teams and drivers alike, has formed an integral part of the season since the championship was launched in 2012 and is viewed as the traditional dress rehearsal for the Le Mans 24 Hours which follows in June.”

Spa has been one of the most popular rounds on the WEC calendar since its first season in 2012, making today’s announcement a welcome one for those involved in the series.

By retaining its May slot, the 6 Hours of Spa could be poised to become the penultimate round of the WEC season in the next few years, given that the FIA is exploring the possibility of making it a winter series that would enjoy its finale at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in June.