Toyota GAZOO Racing and its TS050 HYBRID cars have dominated the 6 Hours of Shanghai, leading throughout for Toyota’s fourth victory of the 2017 FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) season.
Sébastien Buemi, Anthony Davidson and Kazuki Nakajima in the #8 car won by more than a lap from their nearest challengers, for Toyota’s third win in Shanghai, setting the fastest lap of the race in the process.
The team was on course for a second consecutive one-two finish until a late collision with a GT car damaged the fastest qualifying #7 TS050 HYBRID of Mike Conway, Kamui Kobayashi and José María López. They eventually finished fourth.
That result means Toyota goes to the final race of 2017, in Bahrain on 18 November, level on four wins each with Porsche. However, the title battle is over, with Porsche as champions.
Team president Hisatake Murata praised the drivers, engineers and mechanics for their great work.
“To win our fourth race of the season is a really special feeling, he said. “We were fastest in every practice session, we earned pole position and now we have won the race. We will keep fighting at the final race, when we want to finish the season with another win.”
Sébastien Buemi in car #8 said he enjoyed the fight with the sister car.
“It’s an amazing result for our car,” he said. “It is just unfortunate we couldn’t bring home a one-two. It’s been a great job from the team to strike back from some difficult races with back-to-back wins. Hopefully, we can fight for a fifth win in Bahrain and have more wins than Porsche this season.”
Anthony Davidson said the car was great. “We struggled a bit compared to #7 in qualifying, but we had the best car in the race. I want to say thanks to our car crew because we had the right strategy and strong pit stops.”
Kazuki Nakajima thanked his team mates and crew, and mentioned the large amount of shredded rubber on the track as the race progressed.