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6H Fuji Underway After Safety Car Start

Audi leads opening hour of rain-soaked Six Hours of Fuji…

Photo: Vision Sport Agency

Photo: Vision Sport Agency

The Six Hours of Fuji is now green, following a 40-minute safety car period for rain to kick off the sixth round of the FIA World Endurance Championship.

The No. 7 Audi R18 e-tron quattro of Marcel Fassler holds a 15-second lead over teammate Oliver Jarvis, with one hour complete, following a dramatic start that saw the pole-sitting Porsches drop down the running order.

Romain Dumas has clawed his way back to third in the No. 18 Porsche 919 Hybrid, with Kaz Nakajima running fourth overall in the No. 1 Toyota TS040 Hybrid in what’s becoming a drying track.

LMP2 is led by the No. 36 Signatech Alpine A450b Nissan of Paul-Loup Chatin, while James Calado and Stuart Hall pace GTE-Pro and GTE-Am, respectively.

A number of cars pitted early for driver and tire changes while under the safety car, which shook up the running order when the safety car pulled in.

Conditions have been improving, with the sun even peeking out, although there have been a number of close calls and spins on track.

John Dagys is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Sportscar365. Dagys spent eight years as a motorsports correspondent for and SPEED Channel and has contributed to numerous other motorsports publications worldwide. Contact John


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