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Super GT Moves Race to Avoid Fuji WEC Clash

Super GT confirms date change to avoid Fuji WEC conflict…

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Super GT is the latest series to have a change in its schedule as a direct result to Fernando Alonso’s availability, with the Japanese-based championship set to move an event off the Oct. 12-14 weekend due to a clash with the recently adjusted FIA World Endurance Championship race at Fuji Speedway.

Series officials have informed Super GT teams that its event at Autopolis has been rescheduled to Oct. 19-21, one week after the Fuji WEC race, which was moved forward to prevent a clash with the Formula 1 U.S. Grand Prix at Circuit of The Americas.

The WEC date was adjusted to allow Alonso to compete in Toyota’s home race, despite criticism from a number of drivers that now face a conflict with the Motul Petit Le Mans.

A handful of Super GT drivers, including Toyota’s Kazuki Nakajima and Kamui Kobayashi, also had a clash due to the revised WEC date, which has now been resolved.

While Super GT has yet to officially announce the change, Lexus Team Le Mans director Juichi Wakisaka tweeted a picture of the statement sent to teams.

The Super GT season kicks off at Okayama on April 7-8.

John Dagys is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Sportscar365 as well as the recently launched e-racing365 Web site for electric racing. Dagys spent eight years as a motorsports correspondent for FOXSports.com/SPEED Channel, and contributes to other publications worldwide. Contact John

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