Since we decided as a group that we still want to know the track selections ahead of time, here is the much anticipated announcement of our track selections for this year's WBC.
The basic criteria we use is to cycle through the colors, one group a year. So since this year it is Blue, Purple, Red, and Yellow that means that next year would be Purple, Red, Yellow, and Green. That gives the greatest variety of tracks and keeps shifting what we play at any given time. Within that selection, we simply pick tracks that either haven't been played at WBC before, or haven't been played in the longest amount of time.
So without further ado, here are the tracks:
Qualifying Heat 1, 2 blue tracks + 1 purple:
Valencia (PDF) last seen at WBC in 2015
Oyama (PDF) never seen at WBC [Edit: this track will run 5 laps because it is short]
Baku (PDF) never seen at WBC
Qualifying Heat 2, 3 purple tracks:
Sochi (PDF) first seen at WBC as last year's finals
Francorchamps 1983 (PDF) never seen at WBC
Castellet (PDF) never seen at WBC
Qualifying Heat 3, 3 red tracks:
Imola (PDF) never seen at WBC
Nürburg (PDF) never seen at WBC
Estoril (PDF) never seen at WBC
Finals, a yellow track:
Suzuka (PDF) last seen at WBC in 2013
Lots of the tracks above have never been used at WBC because they are very new. Oyama, Baku, Castellet, Imola, Estoril have all been built in the last year or two. Baku has only been on the F1 calendar for a couple years now. Oyama, Castellet, Imola, and Estoril were all built as special requests of one variety or another and are older tracks from a variey of eras: 70s, 80s, and 90s.
Nurburg is a track that I built a good bit ago but yet has never made an appearance at WBC for no good reason.
Lots of tracks that should provide an edge to racing from the back this year until Q3 which is literally some of the tightest tracks ever. Bidding in Q3 should be very interesting.
And then a great looking finals track in Suzuka.