6 Hours of Fuji after 2 Hours: Epic racing in challenging conditions
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15.10.2017 - 06h01

6 Hours of Fuji after 2 Hours: Epic racing in challenging conditions

Toyota run 1-2 at two hour mark; Superb battles in LMP2; Ford fights Ferrari in LMGTE Pro

The Headlines after 2 Hours of racing at Fuji….

  • Race starts under Safety Car due to wet conditions
  • Green flag deployed after four laps 
  • Earl Bamber in pole sitting No.2 Porsche leads first phase of race but under pressure from No.8 Toyota TS 050 Hybrid of Sebastien Buemi
  • Bamber eventually stretches lead to a healthy 12-seconds before Safety Car is deployed after 51 minutes for poor visibility
  • Andre Lotterer in No.1 Porsche 919 Hybrid drops back at start from second to fourth position behind both Toyotas
  • Lotterer fights back and begins epic battle with Kamui Kobayashi in No.7 Toyota 
  • Kobayashi loses time at Turn One and Lotterer takes third
  • After stoppage the two Toyotas run 1-2 with Kazuki Nakajima leading Jose Maria Lopez 
  • Porsche lose out after longer pit stops
  • Bruno Senna opens up gap at front of LMP2 in No.31 Vaillante Rebellion
  • Pole sitting sister car driven by Nelson Piquet falls back at start after Brazilian spins at Turn One
  • Alex Brundle holds an initial second position in No.37 Jackie Chan DC Racing Oreca-Gibson  but is caught by flying Signatech Alpine driven by Nicolas Lapierre
  • Lapierre goes from fifth to second in class in opening stint as he eventually takes Brundle but only after sensational battle over several laps
  • Ben Hanley stars in wet conditions and moves CEFC Manor TRS car up to third position

  • Porsche lead first hour in LMGTE Pro as Richard Lietz opens up large gap over Harry Tincknell driven No.67 Ford GT
  • Alessandro Pier Guidi is man on the move in No.51 AF Corse Ferrari and moves from fifth to third
  • Stefan Mucke takes over lead after first stops in No.66 Ford GT but is under huge pressure from No.51 AF Corse Ferrari still with Pier Guidi aboard
  • Keita Sawa drives impeccable opening hour in pole sitting Clearwater Ferrari to lead LMGTE Am from Spirit of Race Ferrari driven by Francesco Castellacci
  • Weng sun Mok takes over for second stint and holds slender lead over Thomas Flohr in Spirit of Race Ferrari
  • Dempsey Proton Porsche is third after Mathias Lauda loses time in No.98 Aston Martin
  • Safety Car deployed after 51 minutes of racing due to poor visibility 
  • Race red flagged for 32mins in second hour but re-started at 12:51 local time, just before race enters third hour 
Sam SMITH