After a successful first trip to the Italian venue in 2021, the WEC will race at Monza less than a month after Le Mans on 10th July, before the summer break allows teams to transport their cars to Japan for a return to Fuji. Toyota’s home round of the WEC has not taken place for two seasons due to the pandemic, but is hoping to return in 2022.
The season will end in November in Bahrain, the venue set to host a double-header to end the 2021 season. All the races except for Le Mans and Sebring will return to the traditional six-hour format for WEC races.
With the new LMH cars making their debut in 2021 with Toyota and Glickenhaus, much is expected of the addition of Peugeot for 2022, with its radical, rear-wingless 9X8. While the French manufacturer has yet to confirm which races it will take part in, the new car will make its debut at some point in the season, becoming the first major OEM competition for Toyota in the WEC since Porsche left at the end of 2017. Glickenhaus and Alpine, which both raced in the LMH class in 2021, the former with a purpose-built LMH car, the latter with a “grandfathered” LMP1 car, have both yet to confirm a return for 2022.
The 2022 season will also be the final year of competition for GTE-Pro. The top level of GT racing in the ACO’s various series has seen a decline in competitors since a height in the mid 2010s. With just Ferrari and Porsche competing in the full 2021 season (joined by Corvette for two rounds), the ACO took the decision to end the all-pro championship a year before new regulations, expected to be based on GT3 cars, come in in 2024. For 2023 the GTE-Am class, for year-old cars with at least one Bronze and one Bronze or Silver rated driver, will become the only GT class in the WEC.