Formula E
14 Feb
15 Feb
Event finished
Marrakesh E-prix
27 Feb
29 Feb
Next event in
7 days
Formula 1 MotoGP
05 Mar
08 Mar
FP1 in
15 days
Thailand GP
19 Mar
22 Mar
FP1 in
29 days
08 Feb
17 Feb
Event finished
Las Vegas
21 Feb
23 Feb
First Practice in
2 days
13 Mar
15 Mar
Next event in
22 days
03 Apr
05 Apr
Next event in
43 days
22 Feb
23 Feb
FP1 in
3 days
18 Mar
20 Mar
Next event in
27 days

2018-2019, an innovative season in more ways than one!

2018-2019, an innovative season in more ways than one!
Dec 6, 2017, 10:30 PM

A super season, with a new allocation of points, a new LM P1 title and more exciting pit stops

2018 Le Mans 24 Hours poster
Porsche curves changes
Porsche curves changes
Porsche curves changes
Perrinn Project 424
Ford GT hospitality area
#67 Ford Chip Ganassi Team UK Ford GT: Andy Priaulx, Harry Tincknell, Pipo Derani
LMP2 podium: David Cheng, DC Racing
Checkered flag for #37 DC Racing Oreca 07 Gibson: David Cheng, Alex Brundle, Tristan Gommendy and #38 Jackie Chan DC Racing ORECA 07-Gibson: Ho-Pin Tung, Thomas Laurent, Oliver Jarvis
Sunrise at Le Mans
Checkered flag for #97 Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin Vantage: Darren Turner, Jonathan Adam, Daniel Serra
#50 Larbre Competition Corvette C7-Z06: Romain Brandela, Christian Philippon, Fernando Rees
Second place Anthony Davidson, Toyota Gazoo Racing, winner Earl Bamber, Porsche Team

The 2018-2019 season will soon be launched. It’s a completely new Super Season, which is already historic as it will include two Le Mans 24 Hours, whose 2019 staging will bring down the curtain on the FIA World Endurance Championship (FIA WEC) in a blaze of glory! This Super Season is completely new, and it will also see the introduction of innovations in the ACO championships’ regulations.

A new title in LM P1

In the blue-riband category, LM P1 (hybrid and non hybrid), the world championship title will now be awarded to a team and no longer to a manufacturer. In addition, henceforth the highest-placed car of each team in each race will score points towards the world championship for teams’ classification.
In the LM P1 category, the ACO has set three priorities: welcome more manufacturers and attract private teams, control budgets and retain its avant-gardiste technological character.

Although manufacturers are not allowed to enter non-hybrid cars they can supply engines to private teams.

Branding a non-hybrid car is possible under certain conditions for a partner, including a manufacturer.
The technological equivalences (between normally-aspirated engines and turbos) have now been made official.

The current LM P1 regulations will be applied for a minimum of three seasons (including one season with the cars complying with the new regulations currently being drawn up).

More exciting pit stops

From 2018 onwards the spectacle in the pits will also be the focus of attention. Unlike past years, the teams will be able to change tyres and refuel at the same time. Thus, the time spent in the pits will be different, which will impact on race strategy.

A Super Season, and a new allocation of points

For 6-hour races points will be allocated as in 2017.
For the Le Mans 24 Hours an additional 50% of the points for 6-hour races will be allocated.
For Sebring an additional 25% of the points for 6-hour races will be allocated.

Pierre Fillon, President of the Automobile Club de l’Ouest: “The format of the 2018-2019 Super Season and the new system of allocating points depending on the different races as well as the notion of a single car, the highest placed of two machines entered by the same team, guarantee a hotly-contested championship and close competition between the teams. The structure of this new championship looks promising.”

Gérard Neveu, FIA WEC CEO: ”While we wait for the very encouraging 2020 regulations, these new regulations, together with the positive feedback we have had from teams about the Super Season, will guarantee an incredible level of competition in LMP1. With no fewer than five GT manufacturers in LMGTE Pro, and increased interest at this stage from gentleman drivers in LMP2 and LMGTE Am, things are looking good for fans of endurance racing in particular, and motorsport in general! We can’t wait for 2018.”

Vincent Beaumesnil, Sport Manager of the Automobile Club de l’Ouest: “Together with the FIA we have drawn up regulations that can best be qualified as stimulating. They’re going to give LM P1 a new dynamic boost, which will lead to a different race strategy for all the categories as tyre changes and refuelling can be carried out simultaneously. We can’t wait to see the opening races in 2018!”

2018-2019 Super Season calendar (a reminder)

• Prologue: Le Castellet: 6-7 April
• Total Spa-Francorchamps 6 Hours: 5th May
• Test day: 3rd June
• Le Mans 24 Hours: 16-17 June
• Silverstone 6 Hours: 19th August
• Fuji 6 Hours: 21st October
• Shanghai 6 Hours: 18th November
• Sebring 1500 Miles: 17th March
• Total Spa-Francorchamps 6 Hours: 4th May
• Le Mans 24-Hours test day: 2nd June
• Le Mans 24 Hours: 15-16 June



Next article
Duval targets Le Mans return after 2017 absence

Previous article

Duval targets Le Mans return after 2017 absence

Next article

2018 Le Mans 24 Hours: Entries open on 18th December

2018 Le Mans 24 Hours: Entries open on 18th December
Load comments

About this article

Series Le Mans