Toyota Racing has announced that FIA World Endurance Championship title contender Nicolas Lapierre will not compete in this weekend's 6 Hours of Fuji due to 'personal circumstances'.

The Frenchman, together with team-mates Sebastien Buemi and Anthony Davidson, currently lead the FIA WEC standings after wins at Silverstone and Spa, as well as podiums at the Le Mans 24 Hours and the Circuit of the Americas.

However, Lapierre's hopes of securing the drivers' title glory appears to be over as he has been omitted from the #8 TS040 Hybrid's line-up for the firm's home round in Fuji.

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With a reason of 'personal circumstances' given by the team, team president Yoshiaki Kinoshita says the former GP2 race winner remains an important part of the manufacturer's future plans.

"Nicolas is taking a break due to his personal circumstances and the team will support him during this period. This was a decision we have taken together. Our driver line-up is close to completion for 2015 and beyond, and Nicolas remains a long-term member of our team."

Interestingly, Toyota will not replace Lapierre with test driver Mike Conway, like it did with when Kazuki Nakajima couldn't race in the USA, with Buemi and Davidson to compete in a two man line-up.