It is the fifth consecutive visit of the championship to Japan, and the second to the Suzuka International Circuit, that celebrates its 50th anniversary since it was built.
Unlike Formula One that raced last week on the 5.8-km Grand Prix track, WTCC will run on the East Circuit that is 2.2-km long, but renowned for its speed.
In terms of elapsed time, last year’s races were among the shortest ever in WTCC history.
With lap times barely exceeding the 54 seconds, the second race lasted only 21 minutes, while the first one had been four minutes longer because of a safety car intervention.
For this reason, it has been decided to increase the race distance by four laps, from 23 to 27.
In 2011, Alain Menu (Chevrolet) and Tom Coronel (BMW) claimed one victory apiece in front of good crowd.