Motorsport

Watson set for first outing at Fuji Speedway

2nd October 2019

Andrew Watson will make his debut at Fuji Speedway this weekend as the World Endurance Championship arrives in Japan for the second round of the 2019/20 season - the 6 Hours of Fuji.

On the back of an impressive debut in the series, Andrew and his team narrowly missed out on securing a debut podium at Silverstone after coming home in fourth position in the LMGTE Am class at the season opener.

Teaming up with Mike Wainwright and Ben Barker again in the Gulf Racing #86 Porsche 911 RSR, the team have adopted a new colour scheme as they run a striking new black and orange livery for the first time.

The 2.835-mile, 16-turn, Fuji Speedway has been a regular fixture on the WEC calendar having featured every season since 2012. The track features a 1.5-kilometre straight, which is one of the longest in the world.

Gulf Racing have always run well at Fuji Speedway but in all three of their trips to Japan they have just missed out on the podium places - finishing in 4th position in 2016. 2017 and 2018.

Andrew is hoping to continue the team’s good form at the circuit this weekend as he marks his debut around Fuji.

“Fuji is a new challenge for me but one I am extremely excited for. We’ve done some running on the sim and I think the car should run well this weekend but we don’t know until we hit the track. We were unlucky to miss out on the podium last time out at Silverstone and the team have always been successful here so this weekend should be no different!”

Practice kicks off the race weekend on Friday at 03:00 (BST) followed by the second session at 07:30. Qualifying takes place on Saturday at 05:10, with Sunday’s six-hour race getting underway at 03:00.