The Endurance World lands in Japan on the occasion of
the 6 Hours of Fuji, seventh test scoring of the WEC. A visit to the house of
Toyota however you can have as big stars to the other two
manufacturers involved in LMP1, as Porsche and Audi have been great
protagonists in the two last meetings of the championship in Mexico and Austin. With
all, the test on the majestic path japanese promises big surprises and not
only in the category queen, but also between the LMP2 with several changes in
the grill or between vehicles GT, always willing to fight.
The tests of resistance have a long history in the path japanese, to such an extent that the 1,000 km of Fuji have been held in one form or another since 1967, being a test scoring for championships, local or national, but also to the World of Resistance during the decade of the 80. All in all, the current 6 Hours of Fuji was held since 2012 on a path of 4.563 meters with 16 curves and a straight longer from the WEC, always at the margin of Le Mans. A path complex and very technical riding.
all in all, Marc Lieb, Neel Jani and Romain Dumas are the rivals to beat. Although the Porsche 919 Hybrid #2 has not reached the podium since Le Mans, the trio of the signing of Stuttgart has 37.5 points ahead of Oliver Jarvis, Lucas Di Grassi and Loïc Duval, a trio of reference in the Audi. The Toyota TS050 Hybrid #6 for its part, defends the interests of the japanese firm at home after adding four podiums in six races in an event in which many foci will be on Mark Webber, and Rebellion Racing, after the announcement of withdrawal and the start of the category LMP1 of one and other.
The category LMP2 introduces major changes in the face of 6
Hours of Fuji. Well it is true that the Signatech Alpine of Menezes, Lapiere and
Richelmi is the vehicle of reference of the category, but several have been
changes of pilots that have made teams like G-Drive Racing, SMP Racing, or
ESM. In addition to these changes, also it should be noted that Manor return to compete
with two Oreca 05-Nissan. Unit #45 premieres alignment of drivers with the
arrival of Alex Lynn and Shinji Nakano, , while the Oreca #44 still counting
with the presence of Roberto Merhi.
With a new ‘Balance of Performance’ that gives a breath of
air to Porsche, the category GTE-Pro faces the final stretch of the year with great
equality. The victory in Austin together on the podium in Mexico has allowed Nicky
Thiim and Marco Sorensen to take the lead with the Aston Martin Vantage, although the distance
in relation to the Ferrari of Rigon and Bird is not very large. The Ford GT and the
Porsche 911 RSR with the new specifications promise to make war, while
in GTE-Am Ferrari 458 Italia of AF Corse remains the rival to beat
despite its discreet career in Austin.
Hours of the 6 Hours of Fuji* WEC 2016
|Day / Time*||Session||Duration|
|Friday 14/10 – 03:45 pm||Free Practice 1||90′|
|Friday 14/10 – 08:30 pm||Free Practice 2||90′|
|Saturday 15/10 – 03:00 pm||Free Practice 3||60′|
|Saturday 15/10 – 07:00 pm||Classification (GTE-Pro / GTE-Am)||20′|
|Saturday 15/10 – 07:30 pm||Qualifying (LMP1 / LMP2)||20′|
|Sunday, 16/10 – 04:00||Race WEC||360′ + 1 lap|
* Schedules in Spain. In Japan are 7 more hours.