Home victory for Toyota at weather-shortened 6 hours of Fuji
Toyota Gazoo Racing scored a 1-2 victory in the 6 hours of Fuji, the seventh round of the 2017 FIA World Endurance Championship. In a race affected by two red flags and seven safety car periods, which is finally declared finished with 14 minutes more on a clock, the Japanese team takes its third win of the season with Kazuki Nakajima, Sebastien Buemi and Anthony Davidson in the #8 Toyota TS050 Hybrid. Their teammates in the #7 car, Mike Conway, Kamui Kobayashi and Jose Maria Lopez, are second.
The #1 Porsche 919 Hybrid, driven by Neel Jani, Nick Tandy and Andre Lotterer, took the third place. The championship leaders Timo Bernhard, Brendon Hartley and Earl Bamber remained on the top of the standings after finishing fourth in the #2 Porsche.
Fuji Speedway is already known as a venue where the FIA WEC race was shortened before due to bad weather and now it’s happened again. The results from Fuji make the championship fight alive the #8 crew is now 38 points behind the #2 crew, with two more races (Shanghai, Bahrain) on schedule.
In the LMP2 class, the #31 Vaillante Rebellion took the victory, with Bruno Senna, Julien Canal and Nicolas Prost driving an Oreca 07-Gibson. It’s their second win of the season. A victory came as a birthday present to Bruno Senna.
Nico Lapierre, Andre Negrao and Gustavo Menezes finished second in the #36 Signatech Alpine A470 Gibson. The championship leaders Jackie Chan DC Racing finished third with Oliver Jarvis, Ho-Pin Tung and Thomas Laurent in the #38 Oreca.
Ferrari also has won the GTE Am class, with Miguel Molina, Thomas Flohr and Francesco Castellacci in the #54 Spirit of Race Ferrari 488 GTE. It’s their second win of the season. Cleawater Racing’s crew in the #61 Ferrari and Dempsey-Proton Racing’s crew in the #77 Porsche completed the GTE Am podium.