Motorsports in Japan has emerged in 1930s, it engraves more than 80-year history already. Fuji Speedway, located at the foot of Mt. Fuji, opened in 1966 at the dawn of motorsports in Japan. While Japan automobile industry has been growing rapidly, the motorsports has entertained a lot of spectators, and they enjoyed races in the circuits.
Since then, the world-class top drivers, such as Jim Clark, Jackie Stewart and Niki Lauda raced in Fuji Speedway, then many fans rushed into the circuit. Late in 1980s, Fuji Speedway hosted Group C and Group A car races. As full of visitors filled the stands, they watched plenty of historic races.
2016 World Endurance Championship Round 7 “6 Hours of Fuji” will be held at Fuji Speedway from 14th to 16th in October.
FIA World Endurance Championship has been 5th season since 2012 and will be held at 9 countries including the "24 Heures Mans" in 2016.
In 2016 season, the "6 Hours of Silverstone" on April 17 was held as opening race. After the "6 Hours of Spa Francorchamps" in May, the "24 Heures Du Mans", one of Triple Crown of Motorsport, was held on June 18-19.
As the "6 Hours of Mexico", Round 5 of WEC, will be held in September for the first time in 2016, the "6 Hours of Fuji", a Japanese round, will be held as Round 7 of WEC.
In 2016, Audi Sport Team Joest introduced the new type of "Audi R18" and TOYOTA GAZOO Racing introduced the new car, "TOYOTA TS050 HYBRID" against "Porsche 919 Hybrid", the champion car in 2015.
Thereafter, heavy battles will be repeated between 3 makes, which aimed to win the race.
Additionally, Aston Martin, Porsche, and Ferrari introduced the 2016 models in the LMGTE PRO class and LMGTE AM class and FORD took part in WEC from 2016 season.
Japanese driver is not only Kazuki Nakajima in "TOYOTA GAZOO Racing" in LMP1 class but also Kamui Kobayashi has become a regular driver in the same team from 2016 season.
For the period of the "WEC Fuji", the event will be held such as "Pit Walk"(At the Pit Lane, Extra charge to attend), "Driver Talk Show", Booth by each auto manufacturer and tire manufacturer, Drinking/Eating/Shopping Booths, and Music Live at the event square in the Fuji Speedway.
And "Ferrari Challenge Asia Pacific 2016 Round 6" will be joined as a support race.
2016 FIA World Endurance Championship Round 7
"6 Hours of Fuji"
10/14 [Fri] Free Practice
10/15 [Sat] Qualifying
10/16 [Sun] Race
Fuji International Speedway Co., Ltd.
Automobile Club de l'Ouest (ACO) / Federation Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA)