Sunday, as predicted, got underway in wet conditions but with a fantastic crowd flocking to Fuji to support the team. TOYOTA flags were waving while a special fan zone proved popular and, with a variety of historic TOYOTA race cars on show, set the scene for the race.
The race started under the safety car due to the wet conditions, remaining out for the opening 40 minutes. Once the track improved, the safety car pitted and the Six Hours of Fuji was underway proper.
Both TS040 HYBRIDs enjoyed a spirited start to the race with the #1 car at the hands of Kazuki, taking third place and superbly fending off the #17 Porsche. “I had a fun fight early in the race,” said Kazuki about his first-hour battle, which was one of the race’s highlights. “I stayed ahead until my pit stop; it was exciting.” Alex also started well, holding fourth before dropping back as the race continued.