DHL Global Forwarding will provide end-to-end multimodal freight support for the back-to-back Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) World Endurance Championship (WEC) and the WTCR – FIA World Touring Car Cup (WTCR) Race in Japan.
As the official logistics partner of the global championship races for the seventh year, it will deliver racing cars, spares and equipment via air, ocean and land freight to the WEC’s Fuji International Speedway and WTCR’s Suzuka Circuit.
To support the races, DHL Global Forwarding will manage all transportation, customs clearance, and ground handling for 36 race cars, spares, and ancillary equipment – including everything from specialised tires to high-performance engine blocks.
Prior to the WEC race at Mount Fuji, DHL will ship the cargos via a combination of ocean and air freight from the UK and Germany to the Port of Tokyo, before delivering the cars and other equipment to the race circuits via road. In the lead-up to the WTCR’s race, a second set of vehicles will arrive via ocean freight direct from their previous race in Wuhan, China.
DHL Global Forwarding president and representative director for Japan K.K, and chief executive officer North Asia South Pacific, Charles Kaufmann said: “It is our honor to be partnering with the FIA once again for both the World Endurance Championship as well as the WTCR Race of Japan.
“As with all of the motorsports events we support around the world, our goal remains the same: deliver the race’s critical ingredients with speed and agility, while also ensuring the utmost safety and regulatory compliance of these precious cargos.
“Given the relatively tight scheduling between each championship’s events, we’ve also optimized our delivery patterns to ensure the cars move swiftly from their prior engagements to Japan before continuing on their global tours.”
DHL Global Forwarding’s rapid shipments and expertise in automotive handling will play a major role in ensuring the cars move from circuit to circuit according to the FIA’s precise schedule.
Immediately after each race, DHL’s teams will load all goods, transport them from circuit to port, and clear customs within 72 hours, before conveying the cars to their next outings in Shanghai (WEC) and Macau (WTCR).
The FIA WEC also known as 6 Hours of Fuji, will be held from 12-14 October 2018 at the foothills of Mount Fuji. The three-day event will see the likes of Fernando Alonso, Bruno Senna, Jenson Button and Oliver Webb race to the finish line during an endurance competition that lasts six hours, stretching over a 4.5-kilometer loop.
The WTCR Race of Japan will be held over the weekend of 26-28 October 2018, consisting of three races totaling 42 laps and 168 kilometers at the Suzuka Circuit, home to the Formula 1 Japanese Grand Prix since 1987.