11|10|2016 - 6 HOURS OF FUJI, PREVIEW

Japanese adventure for Roberto Merhi this weekend.

LONDON, 11 October 2016

Roberto Merhi returns to FIA World Endurance Championship action this weekend as the WEC makes its first Asian trip of the 2016 calendar, pitching up in Japan for the 6 Hours of Fuji. The Manor Endurance Racing team will be looking to bounce back in style after a strong showing last time out in Texas was curtailed by suspension damage which forced the #44 car to retire.

Roberto delivered a strong showing at the Circuit of the Americas in September helping to take the Manor team to the front of the field before their forced exit and the team will be hoping that similar performance will bring about an altogether different result.

Historically, the WEC’s previous visits to the Fuji Speedway have resulted in dramatic and exciting race weekends and the fanatical Japanese fans will be hoping for a similar showpiece event this time out.

Awaiting the drivers on Japanese soil is the 16-turn, 4.563 kilometre Fuji Speedway that is known for having one of the longest straights in motorsport at 1.475km. The long main straight is second in size on the WEC calendar, lying behind the Mulsanne Straight at Le Mans.

Preparations for the race will begin on Friday with two 90-minute practice sessions, while the grid order is determined on Saturday with a short qualifying. The race will be held entirely in daylight, beginning at 11am local time.