The result of round five of the FIA World Endurance Championship was called after just 16 laps at Fuji Speedway in Japan yesterday. What little running there was took place behind the safety car due to torrential rain at Fuji and the result was ultimately called just before the four hour mark, declaring the No.97 Aston Martin Vantage GTE as the winner of the GTE Pro class.
Fred Makowiecki joined Darren and Stefan (Mucke) in the No.97 Aston this weekend, creating a dream team that could take on all challengers. Starting from pole position was the perfect platform for the trio and had it not been for the rain the thousands of Japanese fans that poured into Fuji yesterday would have seen an epic GT battle.
The weather won out in the end but as they started from pole position the No.97 car took the win and closed up the GTE Pro championship battle, setting the scene for a compelling late season fight for the top spot.
“It is such a shame that we couldn’t race at Fuji but on the bright side we took a point for pole and then half points for the race win so we are all pretty close now,” said Darren. “I feel so disappointed for the spectators at Fuji and all the people at home who have got up early to watch the race. All of the teams have come halfway across the world to race here but none of us can control the weather.
“The reality is that this turned out to be a non-event,” he continued. “But it has closed up the championship and now we will have to wait and see what we can do in Shanghai and Bahrain.”