The season finale of the inaugural FIA World Endurance Championship will take place in China one day later than planned with the 6 Hours of Shanghai now on Sunday 28 October. With a busy track schedule the date change was made for technical reasons to allow the circuit staff to prepare the circuit for the arrival of the FIA WEC.
The FIA WEC (FIA World Endurance Championship) is an extension of the Intercontinental Le Mans Cup (ILMC), initiated by the ACO in 2010 and 2011. It also revives the historical thread of the World Championship of Brands of the 50s, 60s and 70s, the Endurance World Championship Group C of the 80s and the World Sports Car Championship of the 90s.
The FIA WEC represents the popularity and attraction of endurance racing today on legendary circuits (Sebring, Spa-Francorchamps, Le Mans, Fuji, Interlagos, Silverstone), and those destinations where the history of motor sport is yet to develop (Middle-East, China). These are long races where anything can happen: prototypes and GTs on the same grid, in the hands of both professionals and the gentlemen drivers, who have done so much for the history of this discipline.
The schedule is an international one. 24-26 August sees the final European round with the 6 Hours of Silverstone. The FIA WEC then heads to South America for the 6 Hours of Sao Paulo (13/15 September) before crossing to Asia for the final three races – 6 Hours of Bahrain (27-29 September), the 6 Hours of Fuji in Japan (12-14 October and the 6 Hours of Shanghai (26-28 October).
The Morgan Marque has long achieved international sporting success, for in 1962 a Plus Four Super Sport claimed victory in the 2-litre class at the Le Mans 24 Hours.
Now, in 2012, Morgan Motor Company will celebrate the 50th anniversary of its Le Mans victory by returning to La Sarthe with OAK Racing whose LMP2 prototype – designed and built by the team’s manufacturing department Onroak Automotive – has been christened the Morgan 2012 LMP2.
The Oak Racing Morgan LMP2 currently stands #5 in the rankings.