The saga of the Stewards decision(s) around the KCMG vs G-Drive x 2 which ended with the #47 Oreca out of the race and losing the Championship lead to the #26 G-Drive Ligier looks set to continue for some time. The punch and counter punch on track and off continued into the late evening yesterday and feelings are understandably high on both sides.
We expect the final stewards decision to be known before the cars take to the track in Shanghai in under three weeks time!
Early indications are that the KCMG Oreca is repairable after the final heavy impact with the barriers ended its race. KCMG do have a spare chassis available if required.
Messrs Aguas, Kaffer (below) and Ried all performed double duty in Fuji between FIA WEC and Asian LMS. All three, very happily scored finishes in both Championships.
The race saw a trio of first time FIA WEC race winners as the #77 Dempsey Proton Porsche took the LMGTE Am victory moving them above the #98 Aston Martin crew to third in the class standings.
The lead in three Championship standings changed as a result of the Fuji Result:
The #17 Porsche crew took the lead in the LMP Drivers Championship for the first time in 2015, overhauling the long-time points leaders from the #7 Audi.
In LMP2 the late race skirmishes saw KCMG lose their point lead in the Teams Championship and Matt Howson and Richard Bradley lost their Drivers Championship lead too!
Amongst the melee there was a notable achievement from the race winning Ligier, the team using only two sets of Dunlop tyres after opening drivers Sam Bird and Julian Canal managed a four hour run (just over 620 km) on a single set of tyres, the team switching to slicks for a double stint run to the finish!
The official crowd figure over the weekend was slightly up on 2014, a very believable and creditable 52,000, particularly bearing in mind the very challenging weather conditions on race day.