FIA WEC: Home victory for Toyota at 6 Hours of Fuji
Toyota Gazoo Racing expectedly scored its third 1-2 victory in the FIA World Endurance Championship in his home race at Fuji Speedway. This time, the victory went to the #7 Toyota TS050 Hybrid of Kamui Kobayashi, Mike Conway and Jose Maria Lopez.
After two wins at Spa and Le Mans, and a disqualification from victory at Silverstone, the #8 Toyota of Sebastien Buemi, Kazuki Nakajima and Fernando Alonso finished in the second place, eleven seconds behind sister car after completing 230 laps at the 4.5km long Fuji Speedway’s race track.
The best of the rest was the #1 Rebellion R13 LMP1 prototype of Andre Lotterer, Neel Jani and Bruno Senna, four laps behind the winners. Five LMP1 cars finished the race.
The sixth overall and the first in the LMP2 class was the #37 Oreca of Jackie Chan DC Racing, driven by Jazeman Jaafar, Weiron Tan and Nabil Jeffri. It’s their first win of the season. They defeated teammates in the #38 Oreca by 26 seconds. The third place in LMP2 class went to Signatech Alpine Matmut #36 Alpine A470.
Victories for Porsche in both GTE classes
Among GT cars, the fastest was the #92 Porsche RSR of Michael Christensen and Kevin Estre. It’s their second win of the season after they triumphed at Le Mans. Three different manufacturers earned GTE Pro class podiums.
The #82 BMW M8 GTE of Antonio Felix da Costa and Tom Blomqvist finished in the second place. The #67 Ford GT of Andy Priaulx and Harry Tincknell finished in the third place.
The GTE Am class winners are Jorg Bergmeister, Patrick Lindsey and Egidio Perfetti in the #56 Porsche 911 RSR of the Team Project 1. Porsche also finished in the second place. Matteo Cairoli and Giorgio Roda were sharing the #88 Dempsey-Proton Porsche with Japanese driver Satoshi Hoshino. TF Sport’s Jonny Adam, Charlie Eastwood and Salih Yolus finished third in the #90 Aston Martin Vantage GTE.
The next race of the FIA WEC superseason would be the 6 Hours of Shanghai on November 18. It will be the last race in 2018 and then the championship will resume in March 2019 with 1000 Miles of Sebring.