Fuji Speedway pledges to do better

Fuji Speedway organisers have vowed to do a better job of hosting this season s Japanese Grand Prix.

Fuji Speedway sits in the foothills of Mount Fuji. Last season, they hosted the Japanese Grand Prix for the first time in 30 years, taking over from Suzuka. However the Grand Prix was marred by difficulties – many of the spectators, who had paid 61,000 yen ($525) for a reserved seat complained because they were unable to see the circuit clearly thanks to obstructions in their way. Heavy rain led a road leading to the circuit to collapse meaning many of the spectators park-and-ride bus services had to be stopped. The race organisers ended up having to refund 7,100 tickets for those who couldn t get to the circuit in time, and for those with obstructed views.

“We are determined this year to make it a successful race at any cost by solving all these problems. We are determined to do our very best,” Fuji Speedway Vice President Yukio Takase explained.

There will be more than 5,000 staff on-hand at this season s event, an increase of 2,000. There will also be 1,650 shuttle buses, compared to 400 last season, along with 850 buses run by travel agencies. There will also be increased numbers of toilet facilities along with better lighting around the whole circuit.