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#5782 - 09/06/22 04:06 PM FIA World Endurance Championship the 6 Hours of Fuji  
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Round five of the FIA World Endurance Championship the 6 Hours of Fuji gets underway this week with free practice track action starting Friday ahead of Saturday’s qualifying and Sunday’s 11:00 race start in Japan.

The last time Corvette C8.R Racing visited a ‘new’ track, it resulted in its first victory as an entrant in the FIA World Endurance Championship.

It’s time again for the team to venture to a new venue as the WEC resumes with the Six Hours of Fuji at historic Fuji Speedway. It’s the fourth round of this year’s GTE Pro championship with Tommy Milner and Nick Tandy the most recent winners at Monza in the No. 64 Mobil 1/SiriusXM Chevrolet Corvette C8.R.

The 16-turn 2.84-mile Fuji circuit has a good blend of technical and high-speed sections that will put a premium on engineering setup and strategy.
As is the case at the majority of circuits on the WEC calendar, Corvette Racing can lean on the knowledge of experience of Tandy at Fuji, where he has made two career WEC starts, albeit in prototype machinery.

While Fuji will be new to Milner, he does have experience racing in Japan as part of the Asian Le Mans Series more than a decade ago.
That doesn’t mean that he and Corvette Racing will go in blind, as the engineering team has spent many days in Chevrolet’s Driver in the Loop simulator to explore and establish baseline setups with Milner assisting and getting to know the circuit.

Fuji will be Corvette Racing’s 32nd venue during its nearly 25-year run of racetracks around the world with Bahrain still to go in the WEC’s season finale.
The No. 64 Corvette opened the WEC season with a strong second-place showing at the rain-shortened 1,000 Miles of Sebring.
Things were trending the right way for the Tandy/Milner pairing at the Six Hours of Spa before a red flag just past the one-hour mark wiped out the team’s first planned pit stop and effectively put the Corvette a lap down before finishing fourth.

The 24 Hours of Le Mans was a cruel blow with the No. 64 C8.R eliminated while leading just shy of the 18-hour mark. Spirits lifted within the team following a thrilling class victory at Monza where the team won a fuel-mileage race for its first WEC win outside of Le Mans.

The Six Hours of Fuji for the FIA World Endurance Championship is scheduled for 11 a.m. JST Sunday /10 p.m. ET Saturday from Fuji Speedway in Japan. Qualifying is set for 2:40 p.m. JST/1:40 a.m. ET on Saturday. The race will air live on MotorTrend with live-streaming coverage of the race and qualifying on the MotorTrend Plus app. Radio Le Mans will broadcast qualifying and the race.

TOMMY MILNER, NO. 64 MOBIL 1/SiriusXM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C8.R:

“I’ve done four days in the sim on Fuji. We’ve done quite a bit of work on it so far. It’s a super cool track.
It’s really fast in a lot of places. Furthermore, it’s unique in some ways in that there are a lot of long-duration corners there.
Car balance and tire life will be super important. There are things we can do on the setup side to help us put all of those things together.

The sim also gives us a chance to take some massive swings at it and experiments so to speak with setup to find something with the car that we haven’t tried before. While it’s nice for me to be able to drive these tracks on the sim beforehand, I feel like it’s definitely a big help to go to these tracks and get in the car and get going right away. It’s for sure speeding up the learning process for me, and it’s also helping us quite a bit on car setup as well. I think we’re pretty happy with our simulator program and the benefits that it offers us.

Continuing momentum from Monza: “Just because we won Monza doesn’t mean we are on a streak or a roll or whatever. We have to work as hard as we have, to be as competitive as we possibly can to get the most out of the car. Focusing on yourself is always the best strategy to get the most out of the package.
While it’s nice to think we were owed something, we did a good job to get the car where we wanted it to be.

The Corvette basically from the first practice was already perfect; we were able to just tweak it a little bit throughout the weekend.
We have to continue on that path working really hard on the simulator and in engineering as they always do to figure out ways to get more out of it, which we’re doing. If we continue putting in the hard work, the results will continue.”

NICK TANDY, NO. 64 MOBIL 1/SiriusXM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C8.R:

“Fuji is an F1-type of circuit where the surface is pretty smooth. It’s on quite a flat area. But it’s a track where it’s difficult to know the best way to go about setup philosophy. There’s this huge straight where you need obviously straight-line speed, but there are a couple other high-downforce corners. Turn Three there is a long right that is one of the fastest and most committed sections of racetrack anywhere in the world.
Of course, you want to trim your car out to be fast on the straight, but you can’t afford to give up downforce in these areas. It lends itself to good racing because there is a slipstream effect if you can stay close to the cars in front of you through the last sector and down the start/finish straight.

There’s also the weather aspect. Fuji in September can see very changeable conditions and the rain can come in quickly. I’ve only been there twice, but it’s the track where I have the least level of experience personally. It will be one of our toughest challenges as a team, I expect, being new to the circuit for the first time.”

Motorsport culture in Japan: “Japan is a motorsport country, and they have a huge following. There is always a massive turnout for the World Endurance Championship. They want to see the cars, and they want to see the racing. I’m sure having Corvette Racing for the first time in Japan will be a big thing for the Japanese who have never come to America or come to Le Mans to see the Corvettes.
They’re always super excited about seeing the cars, and the people are super nice and respectful for everyone who comes over to race in front of them. I’m looking forward to being in the car and with the team to show them about Corvette Racing.”


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C8.R Corvette Racing’s World Endurance Championship campaign continues this week with the team taking on a brand-new track.

This time they are in Japan for the Six Hours of Fuji at the historic Fuji Speedway.

The track offers 16 corners and an overall length of 2.84 miles, and while Nick Tandy has raced at the Fuji Speedway twice in his career in prototypes, this will be the first time for American driver Tommy Milner to experience the circuit first hand.

The 6 Hours of Fuji for the FIA World Endurance Championship is scheduled for 11 a.m. JST Sunday / 10 p.m. ET Saturday from Fuji Speedway in Japan. Qualifying is set for 2:40 p.m. JST/1:40 a.m. ET on Saturday. The race will air live on MotorTrend with live-streaming coverage of the race and qualifying on the MotorTrend Plus app. Radio Le Mans will broadcast qualifying and the race.

6 HOURS OF FUJI

September 9-11, 2022
Fuji Speedway, Japan
Track Length: 2.84 miles
Corners: 16
Race Distance: 6 Hours

TV Broadcast:

TV: Motor Trend Channel and Velocity Channel (Canada) September 11, 2022
Saturday: 9:30 pm-11:00 pm EDT part 1
Sunday ending: 3:00 am -4:30 am EDT part 2

A live stream will be available on the Motor Trend + app with all 6 hours
Starts Saturday, 9:30 pm EDT and ends 4:30 am EDT

Race Schedule

6 Hours of Fuji: Dates and start time in the US

Friday, September 9, 2022
Free Practice 2: 2:30 am-4:00 am (ET)
Free practice 3: 9:20 pm-10:30 pm (ET)

Saturday 10 September 2022
Qualifying 2: 1:40 am-1:50 am (ET)
Qualifying 2: 2:00 am-2:10 am (ET)
Race: 10:00 pm (ET)


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C8.R which has been the slowest car of this class still got wacked again by the fricking BoP frown
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The Balance of Performance updates in GTE-Pro were made manually by championship organizers the FIA and ACO, rather than being adjusted by the automatic system that has been used since 2017. Automatic BoP changes can only occur after two races outside the 24 Hours of Le Mans that have yielded sufficient data, however it rained at Spa and the Monza correction was manual.
Manual changes can be made for various reasons, including in response to the attainment of new car data.

C8.R Corvette Racing driver Tommy Milner said that his team considers its car’s 10 kg increase to be worth three-tenths of a second slower against the Porsche 911 RSR-19, which received a 5 kg break and an air restrictor diameter increase.

“We’re kind of still finding our way a little bit here with car setup and stuff like that, so we’ll never know what the actual full effect is,” Milner explained.

The manual BoP change for Fuji means that, with only one more GTE-Pro race to run, the category’s BoP will be manually adjusted by the organizers for the final round too.
“The only [automatic] BoP change for Bahrain would have been possible [by] taking the Monza and Fuji result,” said Porsche’s director of factory motorsport for WEC Alex Stehlig.
“But now they’ve made another ‘black ball’ change, so it’s the end of auto BoP.”


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Qualify was no better or the C8.R and where they start for today's race

In GTE Pro, Michael Christensen stormed to pole with a rapid 1m36.371 halfway through the short GTE session in the No. 92 Porsche 911 RSR 19, just under two tenths clear of the rest of the field.

“The car is quick, we also had time for long runs in free practice, so we feel good for the race tomorrow,” Christensen said.

Behind, James Calado took the second spot on the grid in the class in the No. 51 AF Corse Ferrari 488 GTE EVO with a 1m36.566.

Calado’s time was good enough to split the Porsche, with Gianmaria Bruni’s best time in the No. 91 only good enough for third, a 1m36.800.
Bruni did push for a final flying lap to get into the top two, but after a ‘purple’ first sector, his second sector time was four tenths off, and the lap was aborted.

The No. 52 Ferrari of AF Corse took fourth, with the Corvette Racing set to start at the back of the Pro field in fifth.


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OYAMA, Japan (Sept. 10, 2022) – C8.R Corvette Racing will start fifth among GTE Pro runners Sunday morning in Japan as it tries for a second straight victory in the FIA World Endurance Championship.

Nick Tandy set a lap of 1:37.127 (105.074 mph) in the No. 64 Mobil 1/SiriusXM Chevrolet Corvette C8.R that he will share with Tommy Milner in the Six Hours of Fuji. Only 0.756 seconds separates all the GTE Pro entries, an interesting prospect for another thrilling race in the category.

Tandy and Milner won in their last time out at the Six Hours of Monza, which was the first victory for Corvette Racing as a full-time FIA WEC entrant.
With Fuji being a much more technical circuit that Monza – another new track for the Corvette program the bulk of the three practice sessions were spent developing and fine-tuning chassis and aero setups, plus evaluating different tire compounds with an eye toward the race.

Both Milner and Tandy were happy with the long-run prospects of the Corvette after the final practice leading into qualifying.

Fuji is the Corvette program’s 32nd venue during its nearly 25-year run of racetracks around the world, with Bahrain still to go in the WEC’s season finale.

The Six Hours of Fuji for the FIA World Endurance Championship is scheduled for 11 a.m. JST Sunday /10 p.m. ET Saturday from Fuji Speedway in Japan. The race will air live on MotorTrend from 9:30-11 p.m. ET on Saturday and the final hour and post-race from 3-4:30 a.m ET on Sunday.

Live-streaming coverage of the race, an on-board feed from the No. 64 Corvette will be available on the MotorTrend Plus app. Radio Le Mans’ RS1 channel will stream play-by-play and race commentary from 9:30 p.m. ET on Saturday through 4:30 a.m. ET on Sunday.

NICK TANDY, NO. 64 MOBIL 1/SiriusXM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C8.R QUALIFIED FIFTH IN GTE PRO:

“Since Free Practice One, we’ve been at a pace deficit that has been similar throughout all the sessions.
We’ve been improving the car, but it seems like something fundamentally with the circuit, how the car is working on the tires and other factors aren’t suiting us on single-lap performance.
Looking at qualifying, things were better again from Free Practice Three, which was better from Free Practice Two.
But of course, everyone else also is going faster.
It’s kind of frustrating because we are improving, and the Corvette is better to drive, but we are lacking a little bit of single-lap pace.

Of course this a new track to us and the one where Tommy and I have the least amount of experience on the WEC calendar. There’s something else kind of happening where our car and the tire combination isn’t working with the track surface. We can look again and come up with a few ideas for the race.

“Typically, we are better in race pace in this WEC season than we’ve been in qualifying.
We haven’t had a pole outside of Le Mans, but we manage to run at the front once the race gets going. There is still a long race to come.
The thing with WEC is that you do have to double-stint tires, and up to two hours on a set of tires here is going to be a challenge for every team. Let’s see what happens.”


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Ferrari Takes Dominant 1-2 in GTE-Pro

James Calado and Alessandro Pier Guidi took their second GTE-Pro victory of the season, at the head of a clear one-two result for the factory AF Corse Ferrari squad.

Calado crossed the line 0.284 seconds in front of Antonio Fuoco, who shared the No. 52 Ferrari 488 GTE Evo with Miguel Molina.

The two Ferraris switched positions twice in the last couple of hours. Fuoco closed down Pier Guidi and ran behind the defending world champion for several laps until he moved past with just over 90 minutes remaining.

Fuoco went on to increase the lead by around five seconds, but three of those were handed back to the No. 51 car after the air hose that is used to operate the wheel gun became wrapped around the rear wing during its final service.

This returned Calado to the front, and the Englishman regained the lead with around 50 minutes to go.

Porsche struggled to match Ferrari, with the highest-placed Porsche 911 RSR-19 being the No. 92 car driven by Kevin Estre and Michael Christensen, 31 seconds behind the winner.

Estre battled with Calado in the opening hour, but the No. 92 Porsche faded away, with the Frenchman going on to hint at tire wear being a contributing factor.

Gianmaria Bruni and Richard Lietz took fourth in the No. 91 Porsche, which incurred an early drive-through penalty for abusing track limits.

The sole Chevrolet Corvette C8.R was also penalized for the same reason.
Nick Tandy and Tommy Milner encountered further strife when their car ran out of fuel as it came in for a pit stop, prompting the Corvette Racing mechanics to push it back to the box and 2 laps down from the leader


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OYAMA, Japan (Sept. 11, 2022) – Try as it might, C8.R Corvette Racing couldn’t replicate its Monza magic on Sunday as it finished fifth in the GTE Pro class of the Six Hours of Fuji for the FIA World Endurance Championship.

Tommy Milner and Nick Tandy, coming off a victory together in the previous WEC race in Italy, soldiered through a difficult day in the No. 64 Mobil 1/SiriusXM Chevrolet Corvette C8.R during the team’s first race at Fuji Speedway.

Milner, Tandy and the rest of the team had a tough time coming to grips, figuratively and literally, with the unfamiliar Fuji circuit and track surface.
The Corvette team found itself in a hole early, as the No. 64 had to serve a drive-through penalty for exceeding track limits just shy of the 30-minute mark.
Tandy rejoined the track undeterred and managed to gain a spot up to fourth with an inside dive on the No. 91 Porsche which also was called in for a similar penalty – at the first corner just shy of the one-hour mark.

The tire management of the Corvette progressed nicely for the remainder of Tandy’s stint compared to the other GTE Pro runners.
Another stroke of misfortune struck, however, as the Corvette ran out of fuel on pit lane as Tandy headed for his first stop.
After some assistance from the Corvette Racing crew, the No. 64 took on fuel and left-side tires for Tandy’s second stint.

The struggles continued with Tandy reporting a severe lack of rear grip and a tire issue through the back half of his run
Milner drove the middle two stints and took on four tires for each run in an effort to claw back into contention.
Unfortunately, the continuing struggles with pace and grip plus a caution-free race limited any ground that he and Tandy could make up at the end.
Corvette Racing closes its first-year WEC campaign with the Eight Hours of Bahrain on Nov. 10-12.

TOMMY MILNER, NO. 64 MOBIL 1/SiriusXM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C8.R:

“Today was not our best day on many fronts, for sure.
It was a frustrating day I think for Nick, frustrating for our engineers and frustrating for me, all in our own ways. We’ll give ourselves some time after the race to decompress and think about those lessons and take them with us to Bahrain. In general, we had some struggles through practice, and we improved the car for Nick through FP3 and qualifying.

We were still behind the eight-ball a little bit, and in the race we saw some residuals from that. I was pretty slow the first couple of laps of my stint, just because I was realistically driving a new car from what I had from the practice sessions. The second stint was a bit better, but for me not as good as it needed to be.

In the grand scheme of things, nothing that one person did, or one group did, have an ultimate effect on today; it was a collection of many things. We’ll isolate the mistakes and at the same time highlight the positives and find the things we did well.
We’ll take our lumps from today and focus on Bahrain to be more prepared, be faster and make less mistakes.
Hopefully that’s enough, and we can have a good race there.”

NICK TANDY, NO. 64 MOBIL 1/SiriusXM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C8.R:

“The story of the race wasn’t so great. Really, since Friday morning, it’s been a struggle.
I think the characteristics of this track and the track surface just don’t suit our car.
You’re never going to have the fastest car at every track you go to; that’s not how racing works. So what we have done is learned a lot.
If we could start the race again tomorrow, there are things we absolutely would change, but you only learn things from experience.

This is something we can take forward. We’re not going to win every race.
What we need to do is capitalize on days when the car is competitive.

We had some issues, but this was the one take because this was our least competitive showing from a pace perspective.
This shows again the things we need to focus on in practice and in simulation when we are coming to a new track.

And it shows that racing is difficult. It shows that the day we had Monza is just as big as we thought it was at the time.
This weekend shows just what a good job we did there and how tough it can be if the stars don’t align.”


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