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Nakajima Leads at Halfway Mark

No. 8 Toyota leads at halfway mark at Fuji…

Photo: James Moy/Toyota

The No. 8 Toyota TS050 Hybrid of Kazuki Nakajima leads the Six Hours of Fuji at the halfway mark, in a race that has already seen three safety car periods and a red flag for weather.

Nakajima holds a 44-second lead over the No. 1 Porsche 919 Hybrid of Nick Tandy in second, with electrical trouble hitting the No. 7 Toyota, which now runs third in the hands of Jose Maria Lopez.

Toyota elected to replace the No. 7 car’s steering wheel after its windshield wiper stopped working, causing Kamui Kobayashi to go off course.

The No. 2 Porsche of championship leader Brendon Hartley runs fourth, one lap behind.

G-Drive Racing’s Pierre Thiriet paces LMP2, with the No. 51 AF Corse and No. 61 Clearwater Ferrari 488 GTEs out front in GTE-Pro and GTE-Am, respectively. 

A 25-minute safety car period in the third hour slowed the action yet again, this time for heavy rains, with showers increasing near the third hour mark. 

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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