The WEC has signed a six-year contract with the Losail Worldwide Circuit to host a spherical of the championship, guaranteeing its place on the schedule till 2029 at the very least.
Losail will even be the venue for the official pre-season WEC check generally known as the prologue forward of the race.
No date has been given for what shall be a six-hour occasion, which nonetheless must be ratified by the FIA World Motor Sport Council.
The Qatar fixture, introduced within the nation’s capital Doha on Monday night, will take over from the Sebring 1000 Miles because the WEC curtain-raiser after the top of the WEC’s five-year contract to race on the Florida circuit subsequent yr.
Sebring rejoined the WEC in 2019 as a part of double-header weekend with the 12-hour spherical of the IMSA SportsCar Championship, however the 1000 Miles fixture was cancelled in each 2020 and ’21 because of COVID earlier than returning this yr.
Qatar will develop into the second Center East nation visited by the WEC after Bahrain, which has a contract operating by means of to 2027.
Richard Mille, president of the FIA Endurance Fee, stated: “Lusail Worldwide Circuit is a contemporary venue that’s effectively accustomed to the calls for of world-level motorsport occasions.
“Subsequently, having it be part of the FIA WEC is a optimistic and logical growth.
“Enhancing regional range is one thing essential to the FIA: selling motorsport and selling the FIA WEC in new markets is one thing that shall be helpful for the followers, the producers concerned and the promoter.”
Losail Worldwide Circuit aerial view
Abdulrahman bin Abdullatif al-Mannai, president of the Qatar Motor and Bike Federation, added: “We’re proud to have established a stable place within the native, regional and worldwide sports activities scene.
“The WEC is broadly adopted and it’s at present probably the most globally-recognised racing championships.
“For what the occasion represents worldwide, Qatar is immensely honoured to host the opening spherical within the 12th season of WEC in 2024.”
The three.343-mile Losail circuit is present process in depth renovations for 2023 when it’s going to take a daily place on the F1 schedule after coming in as a substitute for the Japanese Grand Prix in 2021.
These are focussed on the pit and paddock amenities quite than the format of the observe, which was opened in 2004 and has hosted a MotoGP spherical yearly (and two in 2021) apart from 2020.
The Qatari venue joins the WEC for a season during which the collection is scheduled to return to eight races for the primary time because the 2019/20 marketing campaign.
The WEC downsized to 6 occasions for 2021 and 2022 because of the monetary pressures attributable to COVID and can develop by one race subsequent yr with the addition of a race on the Algarve circuit.
It’s identified that the WEC is dedicated to remaining in North America after the top of its cope with Sebring.
The reborn WEC kicked off in 2012 as a part of the Sebring 12 Hours, then a spherical of the American Le Mans Sequence, earlier than transferring to Austin the next yr.
The Indianapolis Motor Speedway highway course is one potential venue for the WEC within the USA: observe proprietor Roger Penske has ambitions to host a significant worldwide enduro at venue.
The previous dwelling of the US Grand Prix will host a race to IMSA’s common dash length of two hours and 40 minutes subsequent September, its first time on the schedule since 2014.