The FIA World Endurance Championship is expected to move the 6 Hours of Fuji event later this year to October 12-14, a week earlier than its original date.
According to several sources, Fernando Alonso’s decision to race in the 2018/19 ‘Super Season’ with Toyota Gazoo Racing played a role in the schedule change; moving the race up one week avoids the clash with Formula 1’s U.S. Grand Prix at Circuit of The Americas and ensures that Alonso can compete at every round of the WEC season.
However, the move does mean that the FIA WEC 6 Hours of Fuji will clash with IMSA season-ending Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta, which takes place on a Saturday and leaves no opportunity for drivers to compete in both races.
Harrty Tincknell (Mazda Team Joest and Ford Chip Cahassi Racing) and Renger van der Zande (Wayne Taylor Racing and Dragonspeed) are among those with known impacts on their already announced season plans.
There are two other significant clashes between the two series – IMSA’s Mid-Ohio visit in May clashes with the WEC season opener at Spa-Francorchamps, while IMSA’s Detroit Belle Isle event for the Prototype and GTD runners clashes with the Le Mans 24 Hours Test Day on the weekend of June 2-3.