If you are a sportscar fan, making the trip for the FIA WEC’s annual visit to the Fuji Speedway in Japan is something that simply has to be on your list of must-attend events. When the sun is out and Mount Fuji is in full view, there’s nothing like a day of racing at the Fuji Speedway.
The fans make this one special. It being the home race for Toyota, it’s always a well-attended meeting, with a huge passionate crowd on hand eager to see their heroes race.
In terms of trackside views, the grandstands over the seemingly endless (1.5km) pit straight that ends with the pin-sharp Turn 1 has to be seen to be believed. There are also good viewing banks overlooking the exit of 100R and the Turn 6 hairpin, which provide good vantage points looking over the cars as they navigate the notoriously tricky second sector of the circuit.
Beyond that, there is always plenty to see in the fan zones behind the pit straight grandstand, which are littered with historic race car displays and food stalls with lots of different delicacies to try. A stroll over to Turn 1 when the track action is over also gives you the chance to take a look at the historic 30-degree Daiichi banking which formed part of the circuit from the early 60s to the mid 70s before being abandoned. Much like the banking at Monza, it’s seems a lot steeper in person; it’s a real relic of the past.
But the real magic of a trip to Fuji is the chance to explore Japan as a whole. After the race weekend is over an extended stay in Tokyo is highly recommended. There’s a huge list of must-see sights in the capital, and the ability to make multiple day trips via bullet train to other key cities such as Osaka (the food capital of Asia) and Kyoto (home of the Sagano Bamboo Forest) is an opportunity that shouldn’t be turned down.
Whether you love spending time exploring busy city centres or tranquil national parks, Japan has so much to offer…
If you want to head to Japan for the FIA World Endurance Championship’s visit in 2021 then call our office on01707 329 988 to register your interest.