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(Updated) Rain Stops Play In Hour 2 Of 6H Fuji

Red flags out due to rain and fog

Update: With four hours and 21 minutes left in the 6 Hours of Fuji, the fog has lifted, and the WEC officials have announced that the racing will resume at 12:50 local time, with four hours and 10 minutes to go. The race will start with a slow zone from SZ6 to SZ1, the same as the start of the race.

Update 2: We’re back racing, under the safety car, with four hours and nine minutes remaining in the 6 Hours of Fuji.

With the fog worsening and the rain still coming down, the 6 Hours of Fuji has been red flagged with four hours and 40 minutes to run in the race, after a second extended safety car period which begun just before the end of the opening hour.

As it stands, the #2 Porsche 919 Hybrid of Earl Bamber leads, having not made its first stop. Behind, the #8 Toyota of Kazuki Nakajima is second, with the #7 Toyota up to third after a longer stop for the once third-placed #2 Porsche, which changed its front-end due to damage at its first stop.

Crucially, by completing two racing laps, the teams and drivers will score at least half points. 75% distance needs to be achieved for a full points haul.

In LMP2, the #31 Rebellion of Bruno Senna leads the #38 Jackie Chan DC Racing ORECA of Oliver Jarvis, with the Signatech Alpine of Nicolas Lapierre down to third after a longer first stop. The #24 Manor ORECA of Ben Hanley is up to fourth, with the #37 Jackie Chan ORECA of Alex Brundle down to fifth.

And in the GTE ranks, the running order in GTE Pro is the #91 Porsche leading the #67 Ford. The #66 sister Ford GT is up to third after the #51 AF Corse Ferrari pitted before the reds came out.

Fourth overall in GTE and leading GTE Am is the #98 Aston Martin which didn’t pit before the race was stopped, meaning the #61 Clearwater Ferrari after pitting is down to second – Weng Sun Mok now aboard – and the #77 Dempsey Proton Porsche is up to third. The biggest loser is the #54 Spirit of Race Ferrari which after its first stop is down from second to fourth.

There is no news currently about a possible restart, the only message from race control that “there will be at least a 10 minutes warning before a restart” and that “drivers can leave their cars during this stoppage”.

DSC will update this story as more news emerges…