6 Hours of Fuji

The 6 Hours of Fuji (formerly the Fuji 1000 Kilometres) is a sports car race held at Fuji Speedway in Oyama, Shizuoka, Japan. The race was held for the first time in 1967, and in 1977 became part of the new Fuji Long Distance Series. In 1982 a second 1000 km race known as WEC in Japan was run as a round of the World Sportscar Championship. The All Japan Sports Prototype Championship was formed in 1983, and since then co-sanctioned this event. The World Championship left after 1988, but the JSPC carried on both races until 1992. The race was revived in 1999 as an attempt to gauge interest in an Asian Le Mans Series; the series never materialized. The race was revived again as a part of the short-lived Japan Le Mans Challenge in 2007. The race returned again as part of the 2012 FIA World Endurance Championship season, but changed to a 6-hour race, with no distance limit.

6 Hours of Fuji
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FIA World Endurance Championship
VenueFuji Speedway
First race1967
First FIA WEC race2012
Duration6 hours
Previous namesWorld Endurance Championship in Japan
Most wins (driver)Japan Hiroshi Fushida (4)
Japan Kazuki Nakajima (4)
Most wins (team)Japan Toyota Gazoo Racing (7)
Most wins (manufacturer)Toyota (14)
The start of the 2019 6 Hours of Fuji

ResultsEdit

Fuji 1000 km / 6 Hours of FujiEdit

Year Overall Winner(s) Entrant Car Distance/Duration Race Title Championship Report
1967   Yoshio Otsubo
  Shihomi Hosoya
Toyota 2000GT 1,000 km (620 mi) 1000 km Fuji
1968   Hiroshi Fushida
  Mitsumasa Kanie
Toyota 7 1,000 km (620 mi) 1000 km Fuji
1969   Hiroshi Fushida
  Yoshio Otsubo
Toyota 7 1,000 km (620 mi) 1000 km Fuji
1970   Motoharu Kurosawa
  Kunimitsu Takahashi
Datsun 240Z 1,000 km (620 mi) 1000 km Fuji
1971   Yoshimasa Kawaguchi
  Yoshifumi Kikura
Porsche 910 1,000 km (620 mi) 1000 km Fuji
1972   Kiyoshi Misaki
  Nobuhide Tachi
Toyota Sprinter Trueno 1,000 km (620 mi) 1000 km Fuji
1973   Kiyoshi Misaki
  Harukuni Takahashi
Toyota Celica 1,000 km (620 mi) 1000 km Fuji
1974   Hiroshi Fushida
  Harukuni Takahashi
Chevron B21-Ford 1,000 km (620 mi) 1000 km Fuji
1975   Nobuhide Tachi
  Haruhito Yanagida
March 73S-BMW 1,000 km (620 mi) 1000 km Fuji
1976   Fumiyasu Sato
  Tetsuji Ozasa
March 73S-BMW 1,000 km (620 mi) 1000 km Fuji
1977   Yoshimi Katayama
  Takashi Yorino
  Katayama Racing March 76S-Mazda 1,000 km (620 mi) Fuji 1000 Kilometres Fuji Long Distance Series
1978   Yoshimi Katayama
  Tsunehisa Asai
  Katayama Racing March 75S-Mazda 1,000 km (620 mi) Fuji 1000 Kilometres Fuji Long Distance Series
1979   Hiroshi Fushida
  Richard Thomas Geck
  Fushida Racers Chevron B36-Mazda 1,000 km (620 mi) Fuji 1000 Kilometres Fuji Long Distance Series
1980   Keiichi Suzuki
  Mutsuaki Sanada
  Sanada Racing Chevron B36-BMW 1,000 km (620 mi) Fuji 1000 Kilometres Fuji Long Distance Series
1981   Naohiro Fujita
  Fumiyasu Sato
  Tetsuji Ozasa
  Racing Mate Project Team March 73S-Mazda 1,000 km (620 mi) Fuji 1000 Kilometres Fuji Long Distance Series
1982   Naoki Nagasaka
  Fumiyasu Sato
  Auto Beaurex Motor Sports BMW M1 1,000 km (620 mi) All Japan Fuji 1000 Kilometres Fuji Long Distance Series
1983   Naohiro Fujita
  Vern Schuppan
  Trust Racing Team Porsche 956 1,000 km (620 mi) All Japan Fuji 1000 Kilometres Fuji Long Distance Series
1984   Kaoru Iida
  Taku Akikake
  Team Taku Mazda 83C 1,000 km (620 mi) All Japan Fuji 1000 Kilometres Fuji Long Distance Series
1985   Keiichi Suzuki
  Vern Schuppan
  Trust Racing Team Porsche 956 1,000 km (620 mi) All Japan Fuji 1000 Kilometres All Japan Endurance Championship report
1986   Kunimitsu Takahashi
  Kenji Takahashi
  Advan Sports Nova Porsche 962C 1,000 km (620 mi) All Japan Fuji 1000 Kilometres All Japan Endurance Championship report
1987   Alan Jones
  Masanori Sekiya
  Geoff Lees
  Toyota Team TOM'S Toyota 87C 1,000 km (620 mi) All Japan Fuji 1000 Kilometres All Japan Sports Prototype Championship report
1988   Kris Nissen
  Bruno Giacomelli
  Leyton House Racing Team Porsche 962C 1,000 km (620 mi) All Japan Fuji 1000 Kilometres All Japan Sports Prototype Championship report
1989   Keiji Matsumoto
  Vern Schuppan
  Eje Elgh
  Omron Racing Porsche 962C 1,000 km (620 mi) JAF Grand Prix All Japan Fuji 1000 km All Japan Sports Prototype Championship report
1990   Roland Ratzenberger
  Naoki Nagasaka
  Toyota Team SARD Toyota 89C-V 1,000 km (620 mi) All Japan Fuji 1000 Kilometres All Japan Sports Prototype Championship report
1991   Kazuyoshi Hoshino
  Toshio Suzuki
  Nissan Motorsports Nissan R91CP 1,000 km (620 mi) All Japan Fuji 1000 Kilometres All Japan Sports Prototype Championship report
1992   Kazuyoshi Hoshino
  Toshio Suzuki
  Nissan Motorsports Nissan R92CP 1,000 km (620 mi) Fuji 1000 Kilometres All Japan Sports Prototype Championship report
1993-1998: Not held
1999   Érik Comas
  Satoshi Motoyama
  Masami Kageyama
  NISMO Nissan R391 1,000 km (620 mi) Le Mans Fuji 1000 Kilometres Non-championship report
2000-2006: Not held
2007   Hideki Noda
  Shinsuke Yamazaki
  Hitotsuyama Racing Zytek 04S 1,000 km (620 mi) Fuji 1000 km Japan Le Mans Challenge report
2008-2011: Not held
2012   Alexander Wurz
  Nicolas Lapierre
  Kazuki Nakajima
  Toyota Racing Toyota TS030 Hybrid 6:00:42 6 Hours of Fuji FIA World Endurance Championship report
2013   Alexander Wurz
  Nicolas Lapierre
  Kazuki Nakajima
  Toyota Racing Toyota TS030 Hybrid 2:56:05
Race Did Not Start
(Weather)
6 Hours of Fuji FIA World Endurance Championship report
2014   Sébastien Buemi
  Anthony Davidson
  Toyota Racing Toyota TS040 Hybrid 6:00:39 6 Hours of Fuji FIA World Endurance Championship report
2015   Timo Bernhard
  Mark Webber
  Brendon Hartley
  Porsche Team Porsche 919 Hybrid 6:00:25 6 Hours of Fuji FIA World Endurance Championship report
2016   Stéphane Sarrazin
  Mike Conway
  Kamui Kobayashi
  Toyota Gazoo Racing Toyota TS050 Hybrid 6:00:37 6 Hours of Fuji FIA World Endurance Championship report
2017   Sébastien Buemi
  Anthony Davidson
  Kazuki Nakajima
  Toyota Gazoo Racing Toyota TS050 Hybrid 4:24:50
(Stopped for fog)
6 Hours of Fuji FIA World Endurance Championship report
2018   Mike Conway
  Kamui Kobayashi
  José María López
  Toyota Gazoo Racing Toyota TS050 Hybrid 6:00:21 6 Hours of Fuji FIA World Endurance Championship report
2019   Sébastien Buemi
  Brendon Hartley
  Kazuki Nakajima
  Toyota Gazoo Racing Toyota TS050 Hybrid 6:00:30 6 Hours of Fuji FIA World Endurance Championship report
2020: Not held

NOTE: The 2013 race did not start; all 17 laps were run under the Safety Car. A subsequent rule change was implemented to mandate two green flag laps before a race counted.

RecordsEdit

Wins by constructorEdit
Rank Constructor Wins Years
1   Toyota 14 1967-1969, 1972, 1973, 1987, 1990, 2012-2014, 2016-2019
2   Porsche 7 1971, 1983, 1985, 1986, 1988, 1989, 2015
3   March 5 1975-1978, 1981
4   Nissan 4 1970, 1991, 1992, 1999
5   Chevron 3 1974, 1979, 1980
6   BMW 1 1982
  Mazda 1984
  Reynard 2007
Wins by engine manufacturerEdit
Rank Engine supplier Wins Years
1   Toyota 14 1967-1969, 1972, 1973, 1987, 1990, 2012-2014, 2016-2019
2   Porsche 7 1971, 1983, 1985, 1986, 1988, 1989, 2015
3   Mazda 5 1977-1979, 1981, 1984
4   Nissan 4 1970, 1991, 1992, 1999
  BMW 1975, 1976, 1980, 1982
6   Ford 1 1974
  Gibson 2007
Drivers with multiple winsEdit
Rank Driver Wins Years
1   Hiroshi Fushida 4 1968, 1969, 1974, 1979
  Kazuki Nakajima 2012, 2013, 2017, 2019
3   Fumiyasu Sato 3 1976, 1981, 1982
  Vern Schuppan 1983, 1985, 1989
  Sébastien Buemi 2014, 2017, 2019
6   Yoshio Otsubo 2 1967, 1969
  Kunimitsu Takahashi 1970, 1986
  Kiyoshi Misaki 1972, 1973
  Nobuhide Tachi 1972, 1975
  Harukuni Takahashi 1973, 1974
  Tetsuji Ozasa 1976, 1981
  Yoshimi Katayama 1977, 1978
  Keiichi Suzuki 1980, 1985
  Naohiro Fujita 1981, 1983
  Naoki Nagasaka 1982, 1990
  Kazuyoshi Hoshino 1991, 1992
  Toshio Suzuki 1991, 1992
  Alexander Wurz 2012, 2013
  Nicolas Lapierre 2012, 2013
  Anthony Davidson 2014, 2017
  Brendon Hartley 2015, 2019
  Mike Conway 2016, 2018
  Kamui Kobayashi 2016, 2018

WEC in Japan / Interchallenge FujiEdit

Year Overall Winner(s) Entrant Car Distance/Duration Race Title Championship Report
1982   Jacky Ickx
  Jochen Mass
  Rothmans Porsche Porsche 956 6 hours WEC in Japan World Endurance Championship report
1983   Stefan Bellof
  Derek Bell
  Rothmans Porsche Porsche 956 1,000 km (620 mi) WEC in Japan World Endurance Championship
All Japan Endurance Championship
report
1984   Stefan Bellof
  John Watson
  Rothmans Porsche Porsche 956 1,000 km (620 mi) WEC in Japan World Endurance Championship
All Japan Endurance Championship
report
1985   Kazuyoshi Hoshino
  Akira Hagiwara
  Keiji Matsumoto
  Hoshino Racing March 85G-Nissan 1,000 km (620 mi)A WEC Japan World Endurance Championship
All Japan Endurance Championship
report
1986   Paolo Barilla
  Piercarlo Ghinzani
  Joest Racing Porsche 956B 1,000 km (620 mi) WEC in Japan World Sports Prototype Championship
All Japan Endurance Championship
report
1987   Jan Lammers
  John Watson
  Silk Cut Jaguar Jaguar XJR-8 1,000 km (620 mi) WEC in Japan World Sports Prototype Championship
All Japan Sports Prototype Championship
report
1988   Martin Brundle
  Eddie Cheever
  Silk Cut Jaguar Jaguar XJR-9 1,000 km (620 mi) Fuji 1000 Kilometres World Sports Prototype Championship
All Japan Sports Prototype Championship
report
1989   Hitoshi Ogawa
  Paolo Barilla
  Toyota Team Tom's Toyota 89C-V 1,000 km (620 mi) Inter-Challenge Fuji 1000 All Japan Sports Prototype Championship report
1990 Cancelled due to bad weather
1991   Kazuyoshi Hoshino
  Toshio Suzuki
  Nissan Motorsports Nissan R91CP 1,000 km (620 mi) Interchallenge Fuji 1000 km All Japan Sports Prototype Championship report
1992   Geoff Lees
  Jan Lammers
  Toyota Team Tom's TS010 1,000 km (620 mi) Fuji 1000 Kilometres All Japan Sports Prototype Championship report
^A The 1985 race was stopped after 2 hours due to heavy rain. Most of the international entries withdrew before the race, or in the early laps.

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