Race of Japan - 11-13/09/2015
Motegi, which is in the Tochigi Prefecture 145 kilometres north of the capital Tokyo, has the honour of staging WTCC Race of Japan for the first time following four successful seasons at Suzuka and three at Okayama before then. Motegi also hosts the country’s MotoGP round in October and the track layout is set to produce spectacular racing when the WTCC comes to town. The performances of the Castrol Honda World Touring Car Team will be keenly followed by the enthusiastic Japanese fans.
1: The Twin Ring Motegi was built by Honda in 1997 in an effort to bring IndyCar racing to Japan. America’s CART series raced at the circuit from 1998-2002, before Honda entered the Indy Racing League in 2003 and Motegi gained a place on the calendar.
2: The venue’s name comes from it having two race tracks – a 2.49-kilometre oval and the 4.8-kilometre road course the WTCC aces will race on.
3: The late IndyCar driver Dan Wheldon won for Honda at Motegi in 2004, and in ’08 Danica Patrick became the first woman to win an IndyCar race at the oval. The series’ final race at Motegi was run in 2011.
4: Gabriele Tarquini scored a popular win for Honda in the final WTCC race held at Suzuka last year, while José María López secured the drivers’ title in his first full season with victory in race one.
5: Japan hosted the 1964 Summer Olympic games in Tokyo and will do so again in 2020. The country also hosted the 1972 and ’98 Winter Olympics in Sapporo and Nagano respectively.Official Website
Lap distance : 4.8km
Race distance : 2 x 13 laps
Qualifying: To be established
Race: To be established