The FIA World Endurance Championship is set to return to racing at Interlagos, Brazil for the first time since 2014 in the 2019/20 season.
The FIA WEC announced the news of a multi-year deal with the Brazilian circuit in Sao Paulo at a press conference in the city today. The round at Interlagos will form part of the 2019/20 calendar, which will be revealed this summer. The date of the 6 Hours of Sao Paulo is yet to be confirmed.
“This is very good news not only for the huge number of extremely passionate and loyal Brazilian fans of the WEC, but also for the championship’s competitors who love to race on the legendary Interlagos circuit,” said Gerard Neveu, CEO of the World Endurance Championship.
“Our return to South America has been something we’ve been working towards for several years now and our thanks must go to Nicholas Duduch and his organization for their hard work to make it happen, with the support of the city of Sao Paulo.
Reigning WEC LMP2 title holder Bruno Senna was announced as an ambassador for the event.
“Having Bruno Senna as our WEC race ambassador in Sao Paulo is a real honor; he is undoubtedly one of the best drivers from the FIA WEC,” Neveu added. “Together with the whole FIA WEC paddock and our partners, we’re now looking forward to being back in Brazil in 2019-2020 and for a great event.”
Pierre Fillon, president of the Automobile Club de l’Ouest, said: “The confirmation of the return of the WEC to Sao Paulo is very welcome news. Brazilian fans have always shown a genuine passion for the 24 Hours of Le Mans and for endurance racing in general. Who can forget the marvelous race which took place at our last visit to Brazil in 2014?
“We are very happy to go back to Interlagos from the 2019-2020 season to share our passion for motorsport with our Brazilian friends.”