Looking forward to Round 6 WEC - Destination Fuji

Thursday, October 08, 2015

Dawn will soon be breaking for those sleeping in the shady of Mount Fuji, Japan and who are preparing to kick off round 6 of the 2015 World Endurance Series with the first of two Free Practice sessions this Friday morning.

Aston Martin Racing has once again dispatched its five V8 chargers to the land of the rising sun but with a slightly revised driver line to that of the last round with the hope that the post CoTA Balance of Performance re-adjustment will at least let the cars race competitively against their opposition instead of being left behind 'eating everyone else's dust' as was sadly the case in Austin.

With the Prodrive prepared cars now being allowed to re-increase its air restrictor size back to 40% of what it was pre Le Mans together with the slight weight increase imposed on the now domineering Porsche 911 RSR's, the FIA's hope is to re-merge the GTE field back into a pack for which its racing is renowned for.

We will wait and see whether or not these readjustments will have such an effect - opinion seems divided.

As for drivers Beechdean's British GT Champion Jonny Adam rejoins Darren Turner again in the #97 GTE Pro car as a pair whilst Stefan Mucke is relisted into the #99 car of Fernando Rees and Alex MacDowall to make up for Richie Stanaway who has been released by the team to continue in his GP2 duties in Russia this weekend.

Nikki Thiim is also missing again from the #95 Dane Train car (probably not to be seen again in it) leaving the much more accomplished driving duo of Christoffer Nygaard and Marco Sorensen to pick up the Danish mantel again.

In GTE Am the #98 car line up remains the same whilst Roald Goethe is absent again from his #96 car as was the case in Austin. The third driver allocated to the #96 (for possibly more than just this event) is a certain Liam Griffin who competed with great effect with an Oman Racing V12 Vantage in this years British GT. This will be only the second time he has competitively driven a V8 GTE car following his 'baptism' in the Beechdean GTE at the Aston Martin Festival event at Le Mans this year.

Qualifying is due to start at 05.40hrs BST on Saturday 10th with the start of the race itself beginning at 03.00 BST on Sunday.

Photo credits - Aston Martin Racing / British GT

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