The World Endurance Championship’s 6 Hours of Fuji race has been canceled and replaced by the second event in Bahrain.
Nearly halfway through the 2021 WEC season, its calendar has been modified once again. It has been announced on Wednesday morning that the 6 Hours of Fuji event will not take place this year. The reason for that is the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
The 6 Hours of Bahrain event will replace the Fuji race and will take place on October 30th.
The ACO president Pierre Fillon commented on the announcement: “The current instability calls for adaptability. Having consulted widely, given the health situation, we will not be going to Fuji. A replacement round will be held in Bahrain. My heartfelt thanks to the Japanese organization team who did all they could to host the event. We are already looking forward to next year’s fixture.”
The WEC CEO Frederic Lequien added: “Regrettably we have been left with no choice but to cancel our Japanese leg of the World Championship due to continuing difficulties with the pandemic including travel restrictions and logistical issues. We have instead decided to replace Fuji with another race in Bahrain, which we firmly believe is the safest option for everyone.”
“I’d like to take this opportunity to thank Fuji International Speedway’s President, Mr. Eijiro Haraguchi, and his entire team for their excellent cooperation and we look forward to returning in the future. At the same time, I’d like to express our gratitude to Sheikh Salman and his team for hosting us twice this season – they always provide such a warm welcome, and I’m confident that a double-header in Bahrain is an ideal solution in the current climate.”
The Bahrain International Circuit chief executive Sheikh Salman bin Isa Al Khalifa also shared his thoughts: “It is a great pleasure for us to be able to host two rounds of the FIA World Endurance Championship. Over the last few months, we have demonstrated our ability to host several major international events in a safe manner and we thank WEC for showing their faith in us yet again.”