2017 WEC travel guide

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This year’s World Endurance Championship (WEC) kicks off this weekend at Silverstone. Audi may be gone for 2017, but the championship still features nine exciting rounds, including the iconic Le Mans 24 hours and six current F1 circuits. Learn more in our mini 2017 WEC travel guide!

WEC images supplied by Rob Rapson. Tickets for WEC are very affordable, the racing is competitive, and the calendar includes a mix of historic (Le Mans, Spa Francorchamps, Nürburgring, Silverstone & Fuji) and modern (Circuit of the Americas, Shanghai and Bahrain). Start planning your 2017 WEC trip now!

What’s new in WEC for 2017?

The fastest LMP1 class may be missing the all-conquering Audi team in 2017, who have decided to focus on their Formula E campaign, but still features the prospect of some exciting Porsche vs  Toyota action. Toyota has no fewer than four ex-F1 drivers behind the wheel this year; Anthony Davidson, Kamui Kobayashi, Kazuki Nakajima and Sebastian Buemi. They are joined by three-time World Touring Car Championship (WTCC) world champion Jose Maria Lopez, making his WEC debut. LMP2 has new regulations and faster cars in 2017. Six 2-car teams and four more ex-F1 drivers are entered in LMP2, including a couple of famous Brazilian names (Nelson Piquet Jr, Bruno Senna), plus Jean-Eric Vergne and Vitaly Petrov. Almost all the LMP2 teams will be running the same Oreca chassis, which should make for some existing racing. Finally the LMGTE Pro and Amateur classes feature a further nine teams and fifteen cars, including Ferrari 488 GTE, Ford GT and Aston Martin Vantage GTE. The big news here is that Porsche has returned with a factory 911 effort for 2017. As always, you can expect lots of close racing throughout the pack.

6 Hours of Silverstone

  • When? April 14-16, 2017
  • Where? Silverstone, UK
  • How much? Three-day roving General Admission tickets cost £50 in advance. Buy here.
  • Where to stay? Trackside camping, small nearby towns or in Milton Keynes / Northampton.
  • Why go? Good access to an iconic track
Silverstone travel guide
We have been publishing a detailed travel guide to the British Formula 1 Grand Prix at Silverstone since 2014. Much of the advice also applies to WEC, including Travel Basics to help plan your trip, Getting There & Around for advice on getting to Silverstone, Accommodation, Trackside and Off-Track Activities.

6 Hours of Spa Francorchamps

  • When? May 4-6, 2017
  • Where? Spa Francorchamps, Belgium
  • How much? General Admission weekend tickets are only 31. Buy here.
  • Where to stay? Trackside camping or nearby towns.
  • Why go? A hike in the forest with fast cars.
Spa Francorchamps travel guide
After our last trip to Spa for the Belgian Grand Prix in 2015, we published our detailed F1 travel guide for the circuit last year. Much of the information holds true for the WEC, including Travel Basics, Getting There & Around, Accommodation, Trackside and Off-Track Activities.

24 Hours of Le Mans

  • When? June 14-18, 2017
  • Where? Le Mans, France
  • How much? Early-bird weekend entry tickets from 61.50. Grandstand seats cost an additional 75-105. Buy here.
  • Where to stay? Trackside camping or nearby towns.
  • Why go? One to tick off the bucket list.

6 Hours of Nürburgring

  • When? July 14-16, 2017
  • Where? Nürburgring, Germany
  • How much? Weekend tickets with free grandstands access cost just €35. Buy here.
  • Where to stay? Trackside camping or nearby towns.
  • Why go? Another iconic track and a beautiful part of the world.

6 Hours of Mexico

Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez travel guide
We are publishing a new guide this year to the Mexico Formula 1 Grand Prix at the Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez. Half of the guide is already online with relevant travel information for the WEC race at the same circuit, including Travel Basics and Accommodation. More will be available soon on this link.

6 Hours of Circuit of the Americas

  • When? September 15-16, 2017
  • Where? Austin, Texas
  • How much? Two-day weekend passes cost $79. Buy here.
  • Where to stay? Downtown Austin
  • Why go? Modern circuit with great viewing opportunities, Austin a laid-back destination.
COTA travel guide
Most travel advice and information from our United States Formula 1 Grand Prix guide also applies to WEC at the Circuit of the Amrericas (COTA). This includes information to help you plan your trip (Travel Basics), information on getting to Austin and the circuit (Getting There & Around), where to stay (Accommodation), the circuit experience (Trackside) and things to do in Austin (Off-Track Activities).

6 Hours of Fuji

  • When? October 13-15, 2017
  • Where? Fuji Speedway, Japan
  • How much? Tickets are not yet on sale.
  • Where to stay? Nearby towns.
  • Why go? A track with some serious history (remember Lauda vs Hunt in 1976?), amazing mountain views and fascinating Japanese culture

6 Hours of Shanghai

  • When? November 3-5, 2017
  • Where? Shanghai International Circuit, China
  • How much? Tickets not yet on sale.
  • Where to stay? Downtown Shanghai
  • Why go? Combine with a city break in one of the world’s great cities.
Shanghai travel guide
We’ve been publishing a travel guide to the Chinese Formula 1 Grand Prix in Shanghai since 2015. There’s lots of relevant information for WEC fans going to this year’s race, including Travel Basics for planning your trip, Getting There & Around for advice on getting to the circuit, plus Accommodation, Trackside & Off-Track Activities.

6 Hours of Bahrain

  • When? November 16-18, 2017
  • Where? Bahrain International Circuit (Sakhir)
  • How much? Tickets not yet on sale.
  • Where to stay? Downtown Manama
  • Why go? Championship showdown in the desert (if you are lucky.)
Sakhir travel guide
Our travel guide to the Bahrain Formula 1 Grand Prix, which is brand new for 2017, has loads of useful information for fans going to the 6 Hours of Bahrain WEC race in November. This includes Travel Basics to plan your trip, Accommodation for the best places to stay, Getting There & Around for advice on getting to the circuit, Trackside and Off-Track Activities.

Click here to learn more. Have you been to a WEC race recently? Leave a comment below with your travel tips, or write us a trip report.

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Andrew Balfour is the Founder and Editor of F1Destinations.com. He originally hails from Adelaide, where he went to his first F1 race way back in 1987. He's been resident in Europe for almost 15 years and travels regularly to F1 races around the world.

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