Oct 12

WEC: The 2017 6 Hours of Fuji preview

The weather forecast is rather dismal at this point with an almost 100% chance of rain

FujiLike every year since the inception of the World Endurance Championship (FIA WEC), the competitors will head to Fuji and the Toyota circuit to participate in the six-hour race, the seventh of nine rounds on the 2017 calendar.

Though the Japanese circuit is not necessarily a driver favorite, the setting of the Fuji International Speedway at the foot of Mount Fuji more than makes up for it. The volcano, called “Fuji-san” by the Japanese, has not erupted in more than 300 years and has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site under the cultural heading. The seismic activity is a delight for hot water enthusiasts: “onsen” hot springs are plentiful in the surrounding area, allowing “ryokan” (traditional Japanese inns) to pop up across the region of the five lakes where the circuit is located. Alas, the drivers will probably not have the time for a soothing soak!

The entry list includes four changes, one per class, in relation to the 6 Hours of the Circuit of the Americas. In LMP1, head driver Anthony Davidson will return at the wheel of the #8 Toyota TS050 Hybrid after missing the American race for personal reasons and being replaced by Stéphane Sarrazin, who has driven all three of the Japanese marque’s cars this season.

The complete article here on lemans.org

source: lemans.org


6 Hours of Fuji:  Drama and unpredictability guaranteed

The FIA World Endurance Championship begins the first of its two-round visit to the Far East with the 6 Hours of Fuji in Japan.

Passionate fans, the fast and challenging Fuji Speedway track in the shadow of the iconic Mount Fuji, and a field full of competitors with their eyes on championship points and positions…all contributing towards a race of celebration of world class, international endurance racing.  Add in the unpredictability of Japan’s Autumnal weather and you have the potential for high drama – not to be missed in person or on your screens.

The seventh round of the 2017 season takes place on Sunday 15 October at Fuji Speedway near Oyama, approximately 115 kilometres south west of Tokyo.

The complete article here on FIAWEC.com

source: FIAWEC.com