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Tuesday, 30th September 2008
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Formula One comes to Japan next month

The cream of the motor racing world will be descending on Japan next month when the Formula One grand prix takes place in the country on October 10th.

Staged at the Fuji Speedway, around 100 kilometres from Tokyo, the race is the highlight of the country's motor sports calendar.

Hiroaki Kato, the track's president, commented: "We are very excited to welcome Formula One to Fuji Speedway.

"It has been our dream since Toyota bought 93 per cent of the Speedway in 2000. We have tried to retain the characteristics of the old track layout and we think it will provide an interesting challenge for the teams and drivers."

Japan first hosted the grand prix in 1976. The Fuji Speedway held its first race last year after a three-decade hiatus during which time the event took place at the Suzuka Circuit.

Britain's Lewis Hamilton is currently in pole position to clinch this year's driver's championship with a total of 84 points, followed in second place by Ferrari's Felipe Massa with 77 points.

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