The teams competing in the FIM EWC will be in Slovakia, near the capital Bratislava, next week for the 8 Hours of Slovakia Ring. This year, for the first time, it will be a double-header (car and motorcycle) event featuring the 3rd round of the alongside a FIA WTCR / OSCARO race.
The 2018-2019 FIM EWC has already seen two different winners at two races. After two 24-hour races, at Castellet and Le Mans, the 8 Hours of Slovakia Ring could once again shake up the world standings, with a total of 35 points available to the top finisher in Slovakia (30 for the win and 5 for pole position).
Following their victory at the 24 Heures Motos, Team SRC Kawasaki France arrive in Slovakia as standings leader – though Suzuki Endurance Racing Team, who returned to the podium at Le Mans, will be a threat. There is a 16-point gap between the two factory teams, who precede seasoned privateers Wepol Racing and Bolliger Team Switzerland.
The Honda squads – Honda Endurance Racing and F.C.C. TSR Honda France – will undoubtedly be pushing hardest, together with YART Yamaha. The 8 Hours of Slovakia Ring opens up the second half of the 2018-2019 FIM EWC, so it is imperative all three teams climb back up the standings to still have a shot at the title.
In Superstock, GERT56 by GS Yuasa are still the top team but Moto Ain, BMRT 3D Maccio Racing, Team 33 Coyote Louit Moto, Junior Team Le Mans Sud Suzuki and No Limits Motor Team get to Slovakia with only a 6-point gap. Motors Events will be missing the race due to lack of funds, despite their Superstock-category win at the 24 Heures Motos.
So the 5,922-km Slovakia Ring will be the stage for another exciting race. After private tests on Tuesday 7 May, official free practice and qualifications will take place on Thursday 9 May, with the cars and motorcycles on track on alternate days.
The 8 Hours of Slovakia Ring will be flagged off at noon on Saturday 11 May.