A Briton’s take on Japanese weather
It was in 2013 that James made the move to Japan’s racing scene, with Kazuki Nakajima as his team-mate at TOM’S. Having spent a number of years in the world of Formula 1, he remembers being surprised by the level of professionalism and the attention to detail that was paid to his car. “They recruited European drivers because they wanted their homegrown ones to compete against the international best,” explains the Englishman who won second time out in GT500, at Fuji. “The atmosphere in the team was fantastic. We were like a family and I had figured out an effective way of communicating with my Japanese colleagues during my F1 days.”
There are numerous circuits in Japan, many of which are reputed internationally, although the local weather is something newcomers must acclimatise to. “The summers are hot and humid, but at the same venue at another time of the year you can bet that if it rains in the morning it won’t clear up that day. Fuji’s like that. I often raced in the wet Japan and loved it. But I learnt my trade in the UK, so I was accustomed to poor weather, concludes James who, like Loïc Duval, can’t wait to put his experience in Japan to maximum use when he tackles the 6 Hours of Fuji with Team Peugeot TotalEnergies.