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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 Channel, and contributes to other publications worldwide. Contact John



  1. Jenner

    February 13, 2018 at 12:54 pm

    Super GT didn’t have a problem changing their schedule. The race is in late Oct, plenty of time to call your hotel, rental car company and change your reservations.

    What’s so hard about that?

    • Kyle

      February 13, 2018 at 1:58 pm

      8 Hours of California and ELMS if you move back a week or two.

    • Northstar

      February 13, 2018 at 3:13 pm

      Why should anyone have to move their dates in order to avoid WEC’s indecision?

      Also keep in mind that while yes, there is plenty of time to alter arrangements. Those changes aren’t always free.

      • TF110

        February 13, 2018 at 6:37 pm

        Why should the wec have to move their date then? Why do they have to have a conflict with the other big fia world championship called f1? Article also fails to mention that the date change is not a big deal because this was Autopolis’s original date they originally moved because Fuji’s wec round.

        • Northstar

          February 13, 2018 at 9:32 pm

          I must have missed the time F1 moved a race than asked others to move their race to resolve the conflict.

  2. Davon Robinson

    February 13, 2018 at 1:00 pm

    Watch drivers and fans are going to complain to the point the FIA and WEC will move the Fuji race again. Then Super GT will have to move their race again. Then Alonso won’t be able to race in Fuji. I mean come on enough of this crap. Sports Car racing is one of the best racing in the world and one driver shouldn’t dictate a date and affect multiple drivers, fans, and the media who have to cover both series.

  3. Logan

    February 13, 2018 at 1:04 pm

    Japan has four or five motorsports sanctioning bodies in total. There is less political variety in who owns those companies in Japan. The United States and Canada (generally) with some cooperation from Mexico is a whole different ball game. With 20-25 different organizations as well as 6-8 in sports cars alone, there is more red tape. Also Japanese TV acts fairly open to contractual changes whilst Fox and affiliates are very….difficult to say the least. Even if they say they won’t, perhaps IMSA can still move the date somehow. A lot of time until then, still its unfortunate.

  4. Pierce

    February 13, 2018 at 2:32 pm

    Waiting for the 2019 F1 calendar to stop Alonso’s WEC hopes. Only for the WEC to bend over again

    • KW

      February 14, 2018 at 1:50 pm

      If he wins Le Mans in 2018, he will be back at Indy in 2019.

  5. vanillchinchilla

    February 13, 2018 at 2:50 pm

    Could you cover Super GT?

  6. Degner

    February 13, 2018 at 4:52 pm

    The WEC/ACO are completely self involved and selfish. Their cooperation with IMSA works *only* when it serves their purposes.

    IMSA should file this fiasco away for future reference and remind WEC/ACO it next time they “do business”.

  7. Jerejj

    February 14, 2018 at 2:14 am

    Just stop this nonsense already.

  8. jrw

    February 14, 2018 at 10:23 am

    New Year’s Eve celebrations have been re-scheduled to January 6th, so Fernando Alonso can attend.

  9. Merlot Brougham

    February 14, 2018 at 2:36 pm

    This is ridiculous. The author and most of the commenters are once again heaping tons of blame on one guy and not pointing the finger at all at Toyota. Who has the most to gain here? Toyota. Who has the WEC over a barrel? Toyota. Who committed to a full season when they didn’t have to? Toyota. So who is the WEC shuffling everything for? Toyota.

    It looks like a pretty simple case of the WEC doing what it can to appease the sole manufacturer in it’s premier category (not even remotely out of character if you look at sportscar racing history) and that manufacturer trying to reap some financial reward (due to the well timed availability of Alonso) in what is and has been ultimately a very costly endeavor.

    If you’ll recall Toyota committed to this championship well early to give Audi a competitor when Peugeot ghosted on everyone weeks before the season was going to start. And they suffered for it. I feel like they built up a little equity with WEC and the fans and they are cashing that in.

    Seems like everyone is just looking for a reason to be outraged, what else is new.

    • disgruntled fan

      February 14, 2018 at 3:35 pm

      The WEC is bending over for one manufacturer and hosing over the rest though be it in GTE(Porsche, BMW, Ford, Ferrari) You don’t thing they have a huge vested interest? Not to mention the private teams who’s drivers have contracts with other teams in other series. I think these drivers all should band together and hassle the WEC/FIA with a law suit just to get their attention. They have messed up dozens of drivers who drive in multiple series to appease one driver. I think they have it backwards sports car racing doesn’t need Alonso as much as it needs the rest of the field. But the WEC motto seems to be “The needs of the one out weigh the needs of the many”

      • Merlot Brougham

        February 14, 2018 at 4:19 pm

        All of those factory teams in GTE have dedicated drivers to the WEC and IMSA. The drivers who do participate in the other championships tend to by getting permission from their primary employer to drive for GT3 teams and LMP2 teams in one-off situations. They have dedicated third drivers for the enduros in WEC and IMSA. So who are these DOZENS of drivers effected? Last I heard there were less than 10 impacted and now two of them (Kobayashi and Nakajima) have it resolved. Conway took a ride in addition to his employment with Toyota. You feeling sorry for any of the manufacturers is naive.

        And again, you have ended by focusing completely on Alonso when I have read zero proof that he has even ever spoken to anyone at the WEC. This is all about Toyota until I read proof otherwise.

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