WEC: 6 Hours of Imola Preview

April 12, 2024Ramon Jones

Next up on the calendar for the World Endurance Championship is the 6 hours of Imola. Imola will be the first 6 hour race of the year providing fans with an exciting and action-packed race day, featuring intense on-track battles, strategic maneuvering, and moments of drama as teams and drivers push themselves and their machines to the limit in pursuit of victory. The Imola circuit, officially known as the Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari, is located near the town of Imola in the Emilia-Romagna region of Italy. The circuit holds high esteem amongst racing legends and fans alike.

37 cars have entered the race set to take place next weekend. The race weekend schedule is below:

Race Timetable (Local Time)

Friday 19 April
Free Practice 1: 12:00 – 13:30
Free Practice 2: 17:15 – 18:45

Saturday 20 April
Free Practice 3: 11:10 – 12:10
Qualifying + Hyperpole: 14:45 – 15:55

Sunday 21 April
Race: 13:00 – 19:00

Key Quotes

Frederic Lequien (CEO FIA WEC):

“It is an honor for the FIA WEC to visit Imola for the first time in 2024, a circuit steeped in motorsport history and where we are made to feel very welcome. We visited Imola with the European Le Mans Series in 2022, and it was a huge success. This year, with 14 manufacturers including Ferrari, Lamborghini and Isotta Fraschini plus our Italian star drivers such as Valentino Rossi and Antonio Giovinazzi, everything is in place for an unforgettable event”.

Marco Panieri (Mayor City of Imola):

“We are proud and honored to be able to host in our International Autodrome “Enzo and Dino Ferrari” the 6 Hours of Imola of the World Endurance Championship exactly fifty years after the first race. The most important world endurance event, one of the most striking and relevant in the motorsport scene, a competition that is expanding and finding renewed interest with the entry of new car manufacturers in particular from our Motor Valley.  It is an incredible opportunity for all of Emilia-Romagna, not only for Imola, which greatly enriches the 2024 event calendar with more than 50,000 expected attendees.

On the occasion of the Finali Mondiali Ferrari 2022, it was at the Enzo and Dino Ferrari that the Ferrari Hypercar 499P, which later triumphed at Le Mans in 2023, was presented to the world.  But not only that, it is also a great comeback exactly 40 years after the last race held in 1984, after a first edition in 1974, which at that time was the World Sportprototype Championship with the “1000 km of Imola”. We are intent on working on the multi-year nature of the event, and Imola is preparing with collateral events and initiatives that will connect the Autodromo and the historic center. 

It will be an event integrated with the city, participatory and inclusive with a weekend dedicated to the promotion of excellence and Made in Italy. In this regard, I can confirm that we have obtained the inclusion of the Imola weekend in the official calendar of initiatives of the National Made in Italy Day promoted by the Ministry of Business and Made in Italy.”

The 2024 6 Hours of Imola Entrant List