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FOX to screen FIA WEC in 2016

Fans of the FIA World Endurance Championship will be thrilled with the news that FOX Sports will cover the entire nine race championship live.

varshaVeteran sports broadcaster Bob Varsha and former racer Calvin Fish lead FOX Sports coverage of the championship with the first event – the Six Hours of Silverstone – starting live on FS1 on Sunday, April 17 at 7 a.m. ET.

“The WEC carries on the tradition of endurance sports car competition centered around the greatest road race on earth, the 24 Hours of Le Mans,” Varsha said (pictured right).

“From the astonishing hybrid technology of the big prototypes to the thundering GT cars pictured on the bedroom walls of every kid who dreams of Porsche, Corvette, Ferrari and Aston Martin, this is where you’ll find them all racing together.

“The first two six-hour events in England and Belgium offer the added storyline of teams preparing for Le Mans, followed by a new event in Mexico City, and of course a visit to the USA at the Circuit of the Americas in Texas.

“Audi and Toyota have built all-new hybrids to try to counter Porsche’s sweep of Le Mans and the 2015 titles, and of course Ford is back in the fight with their new GT, hoping to repeat their historic Le Mans victory of 60 years ago,” Varsha added.

foxsports“I’m sure I speak for Calvin as well when I say we are honored and excited to bring this awesome world championship to our FOX Sports viewers.”

In addition to Varsha and Fish, FOX Sports also will turn to WEC announcers John Hindhaugh and Graham Goodwin, with Louise Beckett reporting from the pits.

For the famed 24 Hours of Le Mans, Varsha and Brian Till call the action, with analysis from Fish, Tommy Kendall and Jamie Howe. Justin Bell and Andrew Marriott report from around the paddock.

The 2016 FOX FIA WEC schedule (all times Eastern and subject tochange):

– April 17 – Six Hours of Silverstone (7-9 a.m., FS1, Live)
– April 17 – Six Hours of Silverstone (9-11:30 a.m., FS2, Live)
– May 7 – Six Hours of Spa-Francorchamps (8:30-9 a.m., FS1, Live)
– May 7 – Six Hours of Spa-Francorchamps (11:30 a.m.- 2:30 p.m., FS2, Live)
– June 18 – 24 Hours of Le Mans (Schedule to be announced)
– July 24 – Six Hours of Nürburgring (7 a.m.-1 p.m., FS1, Live)
– Sept. 4 – Six Hours of Mexico City (5:30-10 p.m., FS2, Live)
– Sept. 17 – Six Hours of Circuit of the Americas (6 p.m.-Midnight, FS2, Live)
– Oct. 15 – Six Hours of Fuji (12:30-4 a.m., FS2, Live)
– Nov. 5 – Six Hours of Shanghai (11 p.m.-3 a.m., FS2, Live)
– Nov. 6 – Six Hours of Shanghai (3-5 a.m., FS1, Live)
– Nov. 19 – Six Hours of Bahrain (8-9 a.m., FS1, Live)

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