Latest FIA calendars offer no resolution to July 2017 FE/WEC clash

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The latest meeting of the World Motor Sport Council in Vienna has offered no resolution to the clash between Formula E and the FIA World Endurance Championship on the July 16 weekend in 2017.

A number of drivers ply their trade in both Formula E and WEC, including the all-electric series’ defending champion, Sebastien Buemi.

The championships had enjoyed a gentleman’s agreement to avoid clashes so that drivers could complete double duties, but it was confirmed over the summer that both had scheduled rounds for the July 15-16 weekend in 2017.

Despite attempts to fix the situation, WEC CEO Gerard Neveu has said that the planned round at the Nürburgring will go ahead on July 16 as it was the only weekend free for the track. Formula E is set to hit New York City on that same weekend with races on both Saturday and Sunday.

With Formula E also racing in Montreal on July 29-30, the most logical date for the WEC event to slip into was July 23, although the presence of the German Grand Prix caused complications.

There was also the issue of the fact another Automobile Club de l’Ouest-sanctioned championship – the European Le Mans Series – has a race at the Red Bull Ring scheduled for July 23. There is some crossover in personnel between the FIA WEC and ELMS, and that’s why there’s no ELMS races on FIA WEC weekends.

Following the meeting of the WMSC in Vienna earlier this week, the FIA issued a statement on Wednesday featuring 2017 calendars for a number of series including WEC and Formula E, both of which were unchanged.

As a result, for the time being at least, the July 16 clash – and the subsequent headache for any drivers competing in both series – remains.

However, now that the German Grand Prix has officially been dropped from the Formula 1 calendar for 2017, it would appear that the biggest stumbling block for the WEC is that the Nürburgring is already planning to host a Drift Cup event on July 23.

Should this be moved and the series agree to change from its July 16 date, then the clash could surely be avoided and both grids will feature their regular drivers.

July 16 is currently scheduled to be a mammoth day for motorsport, with F1 set to race at Silverstone and IndyCar racing in Toronto besides the Formula E and WEC events.

Peacock to stream all Supercross and Motocross races in 2023, plus inaugural SuperMotocross Championship

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NBC Sports and Feld Motor Sports announced that Peacock and the NBC family of networks will stream all 31 races of the combined Monster Energy Supercross, Lucas Oil Pro Motocross and the newly created SuperMotocross World Championship beginning January 7, 2023 at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, California and ending October 14 in the place where Supercross was born: the Los Angeles Coliseum.

The combined series will create a 10-month calendar of events, making it one of the longest professional sports’ seasons in the United States.

The agreement is for multiple years. The season finale will air live on Peacock and the USA Network.

Peacock will present live coverage of all races, qualifying and heats across both series. The 31 total races will mark a record for the combined number of Supercross and Pro Motocross events that NBC Sports will present in a single season.

NBC, USA Network and CNBC will provide coverage of all races, including the SuperMotocross World Championship Playoffs and Final, through 2023 and beyond. For more information about the Peacock streaming service, click here.

“With our wide array of live and original motorsports offerings, Peacock is a natural home for Supercross and Pro Motocross races,” said Rick Cordella, Chief Commercial Officer, Peacock. “We’re looking forward to providing fans with an easily-accessible destination to find every race all season long, including the exciting finish with the newly formed SuperMotocross World Championship.”

MORE: A conversation about media rights created the new SuperMotocross World Championship Series

The NBC family of networks has been home to Supercross for the past several seasons and this is a continuation of that relationship. The media rights for both series expired at the end of 2022, which allowed Supercross and Motocross to combine their efforts.

In fact, it was that conversation that led to the formation of the SuperMotocross World Championship (SMX).

The SMX series will begin on September 9, 2023 after the conclusion of the Pro Motocross season. Points will accumulate from both series to seed the SMX championship, which creates a record number of unified races.

“The SuperMotocross World Championship adds a new dimension to the annual Supercross and Pro Motocross seasons that will result in crowning the ultimate World Champion,” said Stephen C. Yaros, SVP Global Media and Supercross for Feld Motor Sports. “We are thrilled to be extending our relationship with NBC Sports so our fans can watch all the racing action streaming live on Peacock and the option to also watch select rounds on NBC, USA Network and CNBC.”

Complete 2023 coverage schedules for Supercross, Pro Motocross and the SuperMotocross World Championship on Peacock, NBC, USA Network and CNBC will be announced in the near future.