Drama continues at Fuji as incidents in LMP2 and LMGTE Pro thrill in third and fourth hours
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Drama continues at Fuji as incidents in LMP2 and LMGTE Pro thrill in third and fourth hours

The Headlines after 4 hours at Fuji Speedway in Japan for the 6 Hours of Fuji….

  • Two Safety Car periods after firstly more poor conditions, and then a collision between Matthias Beche and Jean-Eric Vergne
  • Nick Tandy leads from two Toyotas as race re-starts
  • Gap between front three is just one second as fight for final two hours of race nears
  • Jose Maria Lopez grabs the lead and Kazuki Nakajima follows through to make it 1-2 for local favourites 
  • No.2 Porsche places fourth, but a lap behind after struggling with tyre optimization during weather affected race
  • Hartley, Bernhard and Bamber look likely to have to wait until Shanghai to be confirmed as champions
  • LMP2 sees more drama as Jean-Eric Vergne inherits brief  lead after pit stop shake-out but stops just before race goes green again
  • Frenchman involved in controversial incident with Beche of Vaillante Rebellion as two touch several times before accident which brings out safety car for a lengthy fifth period
  • G-Drive takes over at front with Roman Rusinov at wheel 
  • No.31 Vaillante Rebellion third as Nicolas Prost re-takes lead from Rusinov as green flag waves
  • Rusinov then spins down to fifth place just before Full Course Yellow is deployed for Priaulx accident
  • No.38 points leading Jackie Chan Racing Oreca-Gibson now up to third in class

  • High drama in LMGTE Pro as class leading No.92 Porsche is spun out by Andy Priaulx’s Ford GT while trying to unlap himself
  • Priaulx in the No.67 Ford GT then goes off deep into gravel a lap later at Turn One bringing out Full Course Yellow for retrieval
  • No.91 Porsche 911 RSR of Frederic Makowiecki inherits lead but under huge pressure from James Calado’s AF Corse Ferrari
  • Spirit of Race Ferrari to the front in LMGTE Am as Miguel Molina holds off Matt Griffin in energetic battle
  • Dempsey Proton Porsche third with Marvin Dienst at wheel