It’s a little too early to say that the World Endurance Championship (WEC) is a series in crisis. The signs aren’t good though; only one manufacturer remains in the top LMP1 category as brands ditch the expensive hybrid category for the electric hum of Formula E.
Seemingly with this in mind, the CEO of the series, Gérard Neveu, has penned an open letter to fans. Neveu, along with FIA president Jean Todt and Pierre Fillon of Le Mans organisers ACO, is asking for fan feedback to help improve the series.
The letter comes attached to a survey, which takes around 15 minutes to complete. Along with your personal details, the survey asks your opinion on suggested improvements. WEC wants to know if you want to see longer or shorter races, the ideal length of the season, and which races are indispensable. You can suggest which category you think should be the focus, whether the series should involve the new breed of hypercars, or if Daytona Prototypes have a place.
There’s also questions on how and where you consume its content. Of course this year’s paid Le Mans stream descended into a farce as fans overloaded the servers, so the series wants to know how much you’d pay for a race – or a season.
You’ll also have the opportunity to suggest five automakers you’d like to see in WEC, highlight brands you associate with the sport and comment on whether sponsorship and advertising affects what you buy day-to-day.
Completing the survey will enter you into a draw for a VIP experience to the 2018 24 Hours of Le Mans. This includes flights, accommodation, full paddock access and hospitality, with the winners announced during the 6 Hours of Bahrain in November. The WEC will make the survey’s results public at around the same time.