2022 WEC 6 Hours of Fuji – The way to watch, session timings and extra

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Three-years after it was final held in October 2019, the 6 Hours of Fuji returns to the calendar with a powerful 36-car grid and Hypercar equipment makes its first go to to the Toyota-owned venue, with LMP1 automobiles nonetheless in pre-eminence when the WEC final visited.

Victory on that day for the #8 Toyota TS050 Hybrid pushed by Sebastien Buemi, Kazuki Nakajima and Brendon Hartley was the fourth in a row at Fuji for the Japanese producer, who return in 2022 looking for to proceed a streak that dates again to 2016.

Actually, solely as soon as has Toyota been defeated at Fuji within the present WEC period since 2012, when Hartley, Mark Webber and Timo Bernhard triumphed for Porsche in 2015. It was additionally credited with victory in 2013, when heavy rain meant the race was unable to begin and the consequence was taken from qualifying.

One other residence victory for Toyota can be particularly welcomed within the boardroom because the 2022 WEC season approaches its essential closing phases, with Alpine heading the best-placed GR010 Hybrid within the factors after the French marque’s win at Monza final day out.

The second victory of the season for Nicolas Lapierre (a winner at Fuji for Toyota in 2012 and 2013), Andre Negrao and Matthieu Vaxiviere prolonged their benefit within the standings to 10 factors over Le Mans 24 Hours conquerors Hartley, Buemi (additionally a Fuji victor in 2014 and 2017) and Ryo Hirakawa within the #8 Toyota, who completed second in Italy. The #7 Toyota of Kamui Kobayashi, Mike Conway and Jose Maria Lopez stays third within the standings, albeit an additional 20 factors behind.

Monza polesitter Glickenhaus has not made the journey to Japan, however the Hypercar contingent is once more boosted by the presence of Peugeot, making its second race outing after giving its new 9X8 Le Mans Hypercar a debut in Italy.

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Whereas the Peugeot Sport crew could also be new to Fuji, its #94 line-up of Loic Duval, Gustavo Menezes and James Rossiter boasts loads of Japanese pedigree. Duval was victorious at Fuji on his solution to the 2009 Components Nippon crown and has received on the monitor in SUPER GT in 2006 and 2007, whereas Rossiter scored his first SUPER GT win at Fuji in 2013. May their native information pay dividends and get Peugeot off the mark?

#94 Peugeot Totalenergies Peugeot 9X8 of Loic Duval, Gustavo Menezes, James Rossiter

Photograph by: Paolo Belletti

The category battles

It’s extremely shut within the factors race between Ferrari and Porsche in GTE Professional. With simply two races to go earlier than the category bids farewell, there is only one level between the main crews of the respective producers as every bids to have the final phrase earlier than shifting into the Hypercar class in 2023.

Ending third at Monza was sufficient to maneuver defending champions James Calado and Alessandro Pier Guidi within the #51 Ferrari above the #92 Porsche of Gianmaria Bruni within the standings, whereas the sister #91 Porsche of Kevin Estre and Michael Christensen is only one level additional again in third.

After testing constructive for COVID-19 and being changed at Monza by Fred Makowiecki, Bruni’s common co-driver Richard Lietz returns to the #92 automobile for Fuji, the place he and Marc Lieb took victory over Bruni (then driving for Ferrari) and Giancarlo Fisichella in 2012.

Corvette Racing took its first win of the 2022 WEC at Monza with a superbly-judged fuel-saving show from Nick Tandy and Tommy Milner, and the Anglo-American pair will hope to proceed their type because the C8.R makes its Japanese bow.

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Within the GTE Am class, the factors race is equally shut with simply 4 factors separating the 2 main Aston Martin contenders. A dramatic crash at Monza for Henrique Chaves within the TF Sport Vantage meant the Le Mans-winning automobile he shared with Marco Sorensen and Ben Keating collected no factors in Italy, however the NorthWest AMR machine of Nicki Thiim, David Pittard and Paul Dalla Lana was unable to take full benefit by ending eighth.

Aston Martin took GTE Professional (with Thiim/Sorensen) and GTE Am honours (with TF Sport) in 2019, so be careful for a battle royale from the British automobiles. Their closest problem could come from Proton Dempsey Porsche drivers Harry Tincknell, Seb Priaulx and Christian Ried, the one crew to have received twice up to now this 12 months and is 20 factors off the summit in third.

#51 AF Corse Ferrari 488 GTE EVO: Alessandro Pier Guidi, James Calado,

#51 AF Corse Ferrari 488 GTE EVO: Alessandro Pier Guidi, James Calado,

Photograph by: JEP / Motorsport Photographs

In LMP2, the #38 JOTA Oreca crew has the most important factors benefit of any class chief with 19 factors in hand over their nearest rival. Second at Monza after profitable their class at Le Mans and putting third at Spa, the enviable consistency of Antonio Felix da Costa, Will Stevens and Roberto Gonzalez has put them within the driving seat over Oliver Jarvis and Josh Pierson within the #23 United Autosports Oreca.

However with Realteam by WRT crew Ferdinand Habsburg, Rui Andrade and Norman Nato hitting their stride with victory at Monza, JOTA can’t afford to let its focus drop. The #41 Realteam crew sits third within the standings, 27 factors down on JOTA, shut sufficient to strike within the occasion of a difficulty for the factors leaders.

Rene Rast can be changed within the sister WRT entry by fellow Audi manufacturing facility driver Dries Vanthoor, who drove a 3rd automobile for the Belgian outfit at Le Mans, whereas two-time Rolex 24 winner Renger van der Zande joins Vector Sport instead of Nico Muller.

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Full 2022 6 Hours of Fuji session timings

Friday 9 September 2022
Free Follow 1: 03:00-04:30 BST (11:00-12:30 native)
Free Follow 2: 07:30-09:00 BST (15:30-17:00 native)

Saturday 10 September 2022
Free apply 3: 02:20-03:30 BST (10:20-11:20 native)
Qualifying 1: 06:40-06:50 BST (14:40-14:50 native)
Qualifying 2: 07:00-07:10 BST (15:00-15:10 native)

Sunday 11 September 2022
Race: 03:00-09:00 BST (11:00-17:00 native)

How can I watch the 6 Hours of Fuji?

The 6 Hours of Fuji may be seen by way of the Motorsport.television streaming service, which brings followers a weekly schedule of dwell races and on-demand content material. A month-to-month subscription that features dwell WEC protection, entry to the Duke Motorsport Archive and the unique full 24 Hours of Le Mans archive prices £4.79, or £39.99 on an annual foundation.

Followers can obtain the official WEC App, which offers followers with English-language commentary of all periods, in addition to entry to dwell timing and highlights. Inside the app, a full season pack prices £23.99, which permits customers to observe the dwell feed and entry unique onboard digital camera footage on 5 gadgets. For extra data, click on right here.

The race may also be obtainable to observe by way of streaming service discovery+, which prices £6.99 per 30 days or £59.99 yearly.

Experiences will observe each session on Motorsport.com, and a full race evaluation can be obtainable to learn on Monday.

Climate forecast for the 6 Hours of Fuji

The climate is forecast to be heat for the 6 Hours of Fuji, with highs of 29°C on Sunday afternoon, however with an opportunity of a thunderstorm that might flip methods the other way up.

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