6H Fuji: 4 Hour Race Report - Toyota and Aston Martin remain out front
After the first four hours of racing at Fuji, below are the main headlines from the LMP and GTE classes.
• Japan’s Kazuki Nakajima takes over driving duty from team-mate Brendon Hartley as No. 8 Toyota TS050 HYBRID continues to lead LMP cars
• Jose Maria Lopez replaces Mike Conway in the No. 7 Toyota during race’s fourth hour - 25 seconds adrift of the No. 8 sister car
• Rebellion Racing No. 1 car remains third, one spot ahead of the No. 5 Ginetta car driven by Ben Hanley
• Aston Martin Racing still on top in LMGTE Pro, with Marco Sørensen in the No.95 Vantage AMR holding a strong lead ahead of the No.92 Porsche of Christensen
• Ferraris handling mixed conditions well up until Full Course Yellow when strategy compromised
• Full Course Yellow at 3.5 hour mark in order to clean track in several places
• Jackie Chan DC Racing currently lead LMP2 with Ho-Pin Tung at the wheel as battle for top spot intensifies during race’s final two hours
• Kenta Yamashita returns to the No. 22 High Class Racing car as Fuji Speedway specialist is just over 5 seconds adrift of leading No. 37 car
• Top two LMP2 Oreca cars equipped with Goodyear’s new-for-Season 8 WEC tyres
• Racing Team Nederland sees Frits Van Eerd return to the wheel for his final stint in the car after a blisteringly quick performance from Nyck De Vries
• Hot battles taking place between teams in LMGTE Am with TF Sport Aston still leading ahead No.83 AF Corse Ferrari
• No.56 Team Project 1 given 5s penalty at next stop for unsafe release from the pits
• AF Corse (Fisichella) and MR Racing (Cozzolino) Ferrari 488 GTEs in flat out battle for position with the two trading paint several times. Cozzolini got past but lost right wing mirror in the process causing second FCY for retrieval of the debris
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