How a course works
Every WEC (World Endurance Championship) event includes two free practices, 90 minutes each, two days before the race. On the next day, a third and last free practice (60 minutes) before the qualification. The race takes place on the Saturday, the Sunday or during both for Le Mans.
Qualifications take place following this schedule : 25 minutes for LMP1 and LMP2, 25 minutes for GTE Pro and GTE Am. Two drivers from each crew must set at least two timed laps during qualifying. The average of the four best lap times (the best two of each driver) will serve as the reference time for establishing the grid.
Points for the titles of Drivers’ World Champion and Manufacturers’ World Champion, as well as those for the Cup and Trophies, are awarded at each race according to the following scale: 25 for the 1st, 18 for the 2nd, 15 for the 3rd, then 12, 10, 8, 6, 4, 2, 1 for the 10th. Beyond the 10th place, 0,5 point for every classified car. Double points for the 24 hours of Le Mans.
For all the above classifications, an additional point will be awarded, at each Event, to the "pole position" team, as well as to all the drivers making up the crew of the cars concerned, in each category (best time achieved by the car in each category during qualifying).
For the standing start, the car in Pole Position must maintain its speed until the starting lights turn green. All the cars will keep their position until they have passed the start/finish line.
If a race is suspended by the Race Director and cannot be resumed, no points will be awarded to the crews if the leader has completed less than two laps, half points will be awarded to the crews if the leader has completed more than two laps but less than 75% of the original race time. A minimum of two laps must have been completed by the leader outside of a Safety Car procedure for points to be awarded.
The car placed first is the one that covered the greatest distance up to the showing of the chequered flag (the position of the cars on the starting grid is not taken into account).
To be classified, a car must :
a. Cross the finish line on the race track when the chequered flag is shown, except in a case of force majeure at the Stewards' discretion. It is prohibited to stop on the race track pending the showing of the chequered flag.
b. Have covered at least 70% of the distance covered by the car classified in first place in the overall classification.
c. The official number of laps will be rounded down to the nearest whole number.