2013 6 Hours of Sao Paulo date change

2013 6 Hours of Sao Paulo date change


Today (5 December 2012) in Istanbul the FIA World Motor Sport Council approved a slight change to the provisional FIA WEC calendar and the 2013 6 Hours of Sao Paulo will now take place on Sunday 1 September rather than Saturday 31 August as previously published. 

The change of date was made at the request of the local promoter, Emerson Fittipaldi, after consulting with the sponsors and partners of the event.  It was felt that a Sunday race was better for the local fans, which is traditionally a day of sport in Brazil.

Emerson Fittipaldi said: “Following the successful first running of the 6 Hours of Sao Paulo in September we had a discussion with our partners regarding which day would be best to run the race in 2013. It was decided to request that the race be run on Sunday rather than Saturday as this is a much better day for the people of Sao Paulo to come to Interlagos to see these fantastic cars in action.  I’m pleased that the ACO and the FIA support this idea and I’m sure that we will have an even bigger crowd at the 6 Hours of Sao Paulo next year.”

Gerard Neveu said: “When we received this request from Emerson Fittipaldi it made sense to us to follow his advice.  Following a recommendation from the ACO, the Endurance Commission proposed the change of date to the World Motor Sport Council, which met in Istanbul today.   Emerson knows how to promote an event in Brazil and if he thinks that by having the race on Sunday it will bring a bigger crowd to Interlagos then that is good for everybody.  We had a great race this year and we’re sure the 2013 event will be even bigger.”

2013 Provisional FIA World Endurance Championship Calendar - UPDATED

14 April            Round 1          6 Hours of Silverstone                               GBR

04 May            Round 2          WEC 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps            BEL

22/23 June      Round 3          24 Heures du Mans                                     FRA

01 September Round 4          6 Hours of Sao Paulo                                   BRA

22 September Round 5          6 Hours of Austin *                                      USA

20 October      Round 6          6 Hours of Fuji                                            JPN

10 November  Round 7          6 Hours of Shanghai *                                 CHN

30 November  Round 8          6 Hours of Bahrain                                      BAH

*To be confirmed

Jeff Carter