WEC Moves Fuji Race to Avoid Alonso Clash with F1

WEC Moves Fuji Race to Avoid Alonso Clash with F1

Such is Alonso's pulling power that the Fuji Six Hour race has been switched from October 21 to October 14 so that he can still race for McLaren in the US Grand Prix.

"We came to an arrangement with Toyota and that is to allow him to race the auto but not to travel the globe having commercial commitments".

Alonso was originally slated to run in four WEC events this year, but will now contest all five superseason races scheduled for 2018 - after the Toyota-owned Fuji circuit successfully lobbied to bring its WEC race forward and avoid an F1 clash.

Other drivers have hit out at a calendar tweak that means Fernando Alonso can now contest the full sports auto world championship in 2018.

However, the move has now created a clash with the IMSA season finale, Petit Le Mans, leaving a number of sports vehicle drivers facing a dilemma between which race to enter, as well the planned Super GT round at Autopolis.

"For Japanese fans, to respect what Toyota is doing, and for the championship as well - Alonso is racing for a world championship and to win that he can't miss a race".


Hill, like Alonso a two-times Formula One world champion, won Le Mans, the Monaco Grand Prix and the Indianapolis 500 in the 1960s and early 1970s.

The sentiment shared by Oliver Pla is one shared by many, with drivers including Nicky Catsburg, Harry Ticknell, Mike Conway, Renger van der Zande and Augusto Farfus are among the drivers directly affected.

Neveu however, has now called upon IMSA to change the date of Petit Le Mans to prevent the clash. Also, fans of IMSA hoping to see the stars from WEC make the trip out to Atlanta are unhappy about the change to the WEC date.

"Due to some factors such as television coverage, IMSA's year-end banquet on the same weekend and competitor and manufacturer logistics already being in place among others, it was determined there were too many hurdles to overcome to move the event", a statement from IMSA read.

Neveu, meanwhile, has stressed they were left with few options but to change the date for the "global interests" of his championship.

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