Extreme weather conditions today forced the virtual abandonment of the 6 Hours of Fuji, the sixth round of the 2013 FIA World Endurance Championship. The race was started behind the Safety Car due to the very heavy rain falling on Fuji Speedway, however eventually the Race Director decided that that it was no longer safe to continue. After a delay of a couple of hours the conditions eased and the field was released once again behind the Safety Car. No sooner had the cars resumed running the heavy rain and fog returned forcing another suspension of track action. Several hours later the rain and fog abated and the race was restarted but after yet another lap behind the Safety Car, the adverse weather returned and the decision was taken to abandon the race.
Maintaining their third place starting place on the grid Bjorn Wirdheim, Katsuyuki Hiranaka and Masayuki Ueda took third place on the LM P2 podium in the team’s Nissan powered Zytek prototype.
Team Manager, Jacob Greaves: “The weather today made it impossible to race with any degree of safety and the Race Officials did their best in extreme conditions. It is unfortunate as we were confident of getting a good result here by racing rather following the Safety Car, but that is how things go sometimes. We were very impressed with our new trio of drivers, in particular Katsuyuki who showed good pace every time he drove the car, especially in Qualifying. The team would like to pay a special tribute to the Japanese fans, who have been fantastic in these difficult circumstances, we look forward to coming back to Fuji to race in front of them next year.”