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6H Fuji Set Up Shots & Notes

Paddock notes and pictures from DSC's first trip to the WEC paddock in Japan

DSC is back for a seventh year at the Fuji Speedway for the WEC’s annual six hour race, all set up and ready to go.

The paddock is still very much being built up at present, DSC having a quick tour of the garages this afternoon upon landing in Japan to get a snapshot of what’s to come.

In the LMP1 ranks, DSC spoke to DragonSpeed’s new signing James Allen, who will not only turn his first competitive laps with the team in LMP1 this weekend at Fuji Speedway, but also turn his first laps in Japan, a country he says he’s always wanted to visit.

Prior to this weekend, he had a short test in the car at Nogaro last week, before the team’s BR1 chassis was air-freighted to Japan, and squeezed in some sim time. “It’s great fun, like LMP2 on fast forward,” he told DSC.

DragonSpeed is one of three teams to have air-lifted their cars to Japan, rather than utilising the sea-born package offered by the WEC, the others being AF Corse’s GTE Pro 488s and Toyotas two TS050 HYBRIDs.

As previously outlined on DSC, there is a healthy number of WEC returnees and debutants here this weekend, with nine of the driving squads seeing at least one change since Silverstone.

Satoshi Hoshino (who has experience running with KCMG at the Le Mans Test and racing in GTD at Daytona), Thomas Preining (Porsche Junior, the latest in a string of extremely talented young Porsche drivers to have raced with Proton) and James Allen are all debutants, (though Allen has raced at Le Mans, allbeit in a non-WEC entry).

There’s plenty more to come from DSC this weekend, in what’s set to be a busy weekend trackside at one of the most picturesque circuits on the planet.

Below are some of Andrew Hall’s first impressions.