What is it?
The 6 Hours of Silverstone is the first race of the 2014 World Endurance Championship, which includes the 24 Hours of Le Mans in June. It's independent from the United SportsCar Championship we've been following so closely this year, but both series will race together this September when they converge at Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas.
What's new for this year?
The Porsche 919. Porsche's first top-flight prototype racer since the late 1990s will make its race debut. The P1 class in which it races is small, but it should be a dogfight. Audi is returning with a reinvigorated R18, and Toyota's TS 040 should be both reliable and quick. You can checkout the complete entry list , which also includes P2, LMGTE Pro, and LMGTE-Am classes.
You had me at Porsche 919. How do I watch?
The 24 Hours of Le Mans website will for free this Sunday, April 20, and as always, the incredibly knowledgeable guys from will be trackside to beam their sports-car-racing wisdom across the globe. If you want to get really nerdy, the WEC website will also provide . It starts at 7:00 am EST and 4:00 am PST, but keep in mind it's a six-hour race, so feel free to sleep in.
What should I look out for?
We should be in for a good race. Last month's WEC Prologue practice session at Circuit Paul Ricard showed us how closely-matched the factory P1 teams are. The No. 20 Porsche topped the time sheets, and from there it was Audi, Porsche, Toyota, Audi, Toyota—all within 2.5 seconds of each other. Porsche also topped the GT classes in one of the factory 911 RSRs