On May 3, 4 and 5, 2012, the world of endurance racing raced at Spa-Francorchamps for the 2nd round of the World Endurance Championship (WEC). It was after 20 years of hibernation that we had a FIA-ratified global endurance series again.
It was a shame that one of the main instigators of this FIA World Endurance Championship, the factory entry of Peugeot, withdrew before the season had even started, while another factory-entry, Toyota, was also not present at Spa. Toyota's initial plans were to compete at Spa, but a testing-accident of Nicolas Lapierre in the wet at Paul Ricard a couple of weeks before, meant that Toyota withdrew its car from the event. Toyota first wanted to test a little more, before entering their cars in the 24H of Le Mans. The withdrawal from the complete championship of Peugeot and the withdrawal of Toyota from the Spa event meant that Audi was the sole factory entry. The race for overall victory would more than likely be an all Audi affair.