WEC 2017 - JAPAN - MICHELIN tires take Fuji Speedway’s torrential rain in their stride
The teams and drivers taking part in this year’s 6 Hours of Fuji (Sunday, October 15) were greeted by three days of torrential rain, a first in the history of the FIA World Endurance Championship. Given the conditions, MICHELIN's partners chose tires from their respective allocations of WETs and Full WETs from Friday’s free practice sessions all the way through to the end of the race itself which was brought to an early halt by Race Control due to poor visibility.
Forty of the 100 covers per car that MICHELIN takes to every round of the FIA WEC are wet-weather tires and this allocation is sufficient to cater for the sort of all-wet meetings that competitors faced in Japan.
Toyota Gazoo Racing celebrated the season’s trip to the circuit it has owned since 2000 with a one-two finish, led by the N°8 Toyota TS050-Hybrid of Buemi/Davidson/Nakajima which topped the order when Race Control took the decision to bring hostilities to an end after four-and-a-half hours, with much of the race spent at slow speed behind the safety car. The N°7 Toyota TS050-Hybrid (Conway/Kobayashi/Lopez) was second over the line, ahead of the N°1 Porsche 919 Hybrid (Jani/Lotterer/Tandy). Today’s result means the Japanese make is still in contention for the 2017 Manufacturers’ and Drivers’ titles.