While it appears that there is no stopping the 2021 Tokyo Olympic games that is set to go ahead later this month, the fifth round of the FIA World Endurance Championship, the 6 Hours of Fuji, has been cancelled and will be replaced by a six hour race in the Kingdom of Bahrain.
The Olympics appear to be one-step away from finally being cancelled with a State of Emergency being declared in Tokyo and now spectators being barred from attending. Yet, it still continues against better judgement.
The 6 Hours of Fuji was to have taken place on 26 September 2021.
The new six hour race in Bahrain will form part of a double-header for the final two rounds of WEC Season 9, with the first event to take place on 30 October and the second eight hour race – the WEC season-finale – scheduled for the following weekend (6 November).
The WEC’s Japanese round has been called off due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and as a direct result of ongoing travel restrictions to Japan, which will make it too difficult for teams and personnel to get there.
Instead of Fuji, the Bahrain International Circuit will now host the final two rounds of the World Championship, marking the WEC’s first ever double-header. Due to continued difficulties related to COVID-19, it was decided that two consecutive race weekends in Bahrain would be the most viable solution for all concerned.