Much as expected, Toyota Gazoo Racing has won the World Endurance Championship Six Hours of Spa. As a matter of fact, Toyota took the top two spots.
It was a race within a team so to speak, as the last moments of the race were host to a battle between the Toyota TS050 HYBRID of Sébastien Buemi and the Toyota TS050 HYBRID of Kamui Kobayashi. Buemi was able to hold off Kobayashi to claim a narrow 1.992 second win. It was the second consecutive win for Buemi and is co-drivers Anthony Davidson and Kazuki Nakajima.
“Today we were not the fastest TOYOTA; car No.7 deserved the win more." said Buemi "They lost so much time with the full course yellows. Our car didn’t quite have the pace so it’s nice in a way to win without actually being the quickest; maybe it’s a good sign. Last year we were leading by a lap when we had a technical problem so fortune has really turned around for our car here.”
Porsche LMP Team finished third place with the No.2 Porsche 919 Hybrid team of Brendon Hartley, Earl Bamber and Timo Bernhard on the final podium step while the car No.1 team of Neel Jani, André Lotterer and Nick Tandy finished in fourth position.
In LMP2 Alex Lynn, Roman Rusinov and Pierre Thiriet claimed victory after starting from the pole. For Lynn and Thiriet it was their first ever FIA WEC win. Bruno Senna, Nico Prost and Julien Canal were second for Vaillante Rebellion. The No.38 Jackie Chan DC Racing trio of Ho-Pin Tung, Oliver Jarvis and Thomas Laurent took the final rung on podium to keep points lead in class.
In LMGTE Pro class it was a 1-2 finish for the AF Corse Ferrari team. The No.71 Ferrari of Sam Bird and Davide Rigonr and the No.51 Ferari of Alessandro Pier Guidi and James Calado battled for position most of the race. Bird eventually broke free in the final stint of the race to take his and Rigon’s second win in as many years at Spa. Ford Chip Ganassi Racing placed third and fourth with Olivier Pla, Stefan Mucke and Billy Johnson in the No.66 Ford GT taking the final podium step.
In LMGTE Am LMGTE Am the No.98 Aston Martin Racing of Pedro Lamy, Paul Dalla Lana and Mathias Lauda won for the third year in a row.. The trio overcame an early penalty for a grid procedure infraction to fight back and take the win by 30-seconds.
The Dempsey-Proton Porsche 911 RSR finished in second place with Marvin Dienst, Christian Ried and Matteo Cairoli. Clearwater Racing’s Matt Griffin, Keita Sawa and Weng Sun Mok place third.
The next round of the FIA World Endurance Championship will be the 24 Hours of Le Mans on June 17/18.
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