It was a 1-2 win for Toyota at the 6 hours of Fuji, a tumultuous race that was red flagged twice, had one full course yellow and 6 safety car periods, eventually finishing four and a half hours in. It was the #8 car of Sebastien Buemi, Kazuki Nakajima and Anthony Davidson that took the win in foggy and wet weather conditions that led to a race full of incidents.
The #1 Porsche car of Andre Lotterer, Neel Jani and Nick Tandy which eventually finished third, started well until contact between Lotterer and the #8 Toyota knocked the Porsche 919 into fourth place, but moving back into third after pitting for replacement bodywork.
The race was due to restart with a 10 minute dash to finish before the six hour mark but was finally cancelled due to the worsening conditions
In LMP2 Bruno Senna, Nicolas Prost and Julien Canal in the #31 Vaillante Rebellion came first in class taking their second win of the season with Canal not even taking a stint behind the wheel. In second place was the #36 Signatech Alpine Matmut of Nicolas Lapierre, Gustavo Menezes and Andre Negrao. While third place went to LMP2 leaders Jackie Chan DC Racings #38 car of Oliver Jarvis, Ho-Pin Tung and Thomas Laurent.
Among the many incidents throughout the race was a controversial incident between CEFC Manor TRS Racings Jan-Eric Vergne and #13 Vaillante Rebellion’s Matthias Beche with the two making contact several times due to poor visibility before Beche was spun out and hit the barriers.
In GTE Pro and Am it was victory for Ferrari with AF Corse Ferrari’s James Calado and Alessandro Pier Guidi taking the win in the #51 Ferrari 458, the Porsche 911 of of Frédéric Makowiecki and Richard Lietz taking second, with the Porsche GT #92 of Kevin Estre and Michael Christensen in third place
In the GTE Am class Spirit of Race Ferrari’s Thomas Flohr, Francesco Castellacci and Miguel Molina took their first win in the #54 Ferrari 488 with #61 Clearwater Ferrari of Weng Sun Mok, Matt Griffin and Keita Sawa in second place with # 77 Dempsey Proton Porsche 911 RSR in third place, a car that had been given a pik livery in support of breast cancer awareness month and the Dempsey Centre cancer charity.
So one of the most chaotic races in the WEC season finished with as yet no clear Drivers Champions in LMP1, with two rounds left to go and 39 points between leaders Brendon Hartley, Earl Bamber and Timo Bernhard and Sebastien Buemi, Kazuki Nakajima and Anthony Davidson.
The next round takes place in Shanghai on November 3rd/5th
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