Toyota Gazoo Racing won a gripping 6 Hours of Fuji today held at Fuji International Speedway in Japan.
The trio of Kamui Kobayashi, Stephane Sarrazin and Mike Conway steered their number six Toyota TS050 Hybrid to victory. It was their maiden triumph of the season and it couldn’t have come at a better time, with the Japanese manufacturers racing on home soil.
There was an exciting ending to the race, as all three podium placers still had a chance at claiming the hard-earned win heading into the final hour. Toyota managed just enough to hold off runners-up Audi Sport Team Joest to the chequered flag.
Kobayashi was in the winning car as he completed 244 laps while crossing the finish only 1.439 seconds ahead of Audi’s Loic Duval, who was sharing his R18 Quattro duties with Lucas di Grassi and Oliver Jarvis.
Commented Kobayashi, who was competing in front of his fellow countrymen:
“Everyone in the team performed so well; we did everything to get a win in our home race. So to get this result in front of our local fans and our colleagues from Toyota makes us very happy; I would like to say thanks for their big support"
“Actually, it is still difficult to believe we did it; we worked so hard for this. It was a really tough race. We were only focused on the victory and now this feels great, just perfect.”
Defending WEC champions Mark Webber, Brendon Hartley and Timo Bernhard were in third place in their Porsche 919 Hybrid. They had the same number of laps but were 17.339s behind Toyota.
The overall top placers were also the quickest three of the LMP1 class.
In the LMP2 category, the G-Drive Racing of Will Stevens, Roman Rusinov and Alex Brundle cinched first place. They narrowly pipped the RGR Sport by Morand of Bruno Senna, Ricardo Gonzalez and Filipe Albuquerque.
The Ford Chip Ganassi Team UK of Andy Priaulx and Harry Tincknell triumphed in the LMGTE Pro class; while in the LMGTE Am category, the Aston Martin Racing trio of Paul Dalla Lana, Pedro Lamy and Mathias Lauda were victorious.
|1||6||LMP1||Stephane SARRAZIN, Mike CONWAY, Kamui KOBAYASHI||Toyota TS050 - Hybrid|
|2||8||LMP1||Lucas DI GRASSI, Loic DUVAL, Oliver JARVIS||Audi R18|
|3||1||LMP1||Timo BERNHARD, Mark WEBBER, Brendon HARTLEY||Porsche 919 Hybrid|
|4||5||LMP1||Anthony DAVIDSON, Sebastien BUEMI, Kazuki NAKAJIMA||Toyota TS050 - Hybrid|
|5||2||LMP1||Romain DUMAS, Neel JANI, Marc LIEB||Porsche 919 Hybrid|
|6||13||LMP1||Matheo TUSCHER, Dominik KRAIHAMER, Alexandre IMPERATORI||Rebellion R-One - AER|
|7||26||LMP2||Roman RUSINOV, Alex BRUNDLE, Will STEVENS||Oreca 05 - Nissan|
|8||43||LMP2||Ricardo GONZALEZ, Filipe ALBUQUERQUE, Bruno SENNA||LIGIER JS P2 - Nissan|
|9||36||LMP2||Gustavo MENEZES, Nicolas LAPIERRE, Stephane RICHELMI||Alpine A460 - Nissan|
|10||30||LMP2||Antonio GIOVINAZZI, Giedo VAN DER GARDE, Sean GELAEL||LIGIER JS P2 - Nissan|
|11||31||LMP2||Ryan DALZIEL, Luis Felipe DERANI, Christopher CUMMING||LIGIER JS P2 - Nissan|
|12||42||LMP2||Jonny KANE, Lewis WILLIAMSON,||Gibson 015S - Nissan|
|13||44||LMP2||Matthew RAO, Richard BRADLEY, Roberto MERHI||Oreca 05 - Nissan|
|14||27||LMP2||Nicolas MINASSIAN, Maurizio MEDIANI, Mikhail ALESHIN||BR01 - Nissan|
|15||35||LMP2||David CHENG, Ho-Pin TUNG, Paul Loup CHATIN||Alpine A460 - Nissan|
|16||37||LMP2||Vitaly PETROV, Kirill LADYGIN, Victor SHAITAR||BR01 - Nissan|
|17||67||LMGTE Pro||Andy PRIAULX, Harry TINCKNELL,||Ford GT|
|18||66||LMGTE Pro||Stefan MUCKE, Olivier PLA,||Ford GT|
|19||51||LMGTE Pro||Gianmaria BRUNI, James CALADO,||Ferrari 488 GTE|
|20||71||LMGTE Pro||Davide RIGON, Sam BIRD,||Ferrari 488 GTE|
|21||95||LMGTE Pro||Nicki THIIM, Marco SORENSEN,||Aston Martin Vantage V8|
|22||97||LMGTE Pro||Richie STANAWAY, Darren TURNER,||Aston Martin Vantage V8|
|23||77||LMGTE Pro||Richard LIETZ, Michael CHRISTENSEN,||Porsche 911 RSR (2016)|
|24||98||LMGTE Am||Paul DALLA LANA, Pedro LAMY, Mathias LAUDA||Aston Martin Vantage V8|
|25||83||LMGTE Am||Francois PERRODO, Emmanuel COLLARD, Rui AGUAS||Ferrari F458 Italia|
|26||78||LMGTE Am||Christian RIED, Wolf HENZLER, Joel CAMATHIAS||Porsche 911 RSR|
|27||86||LMGTE Am||Michael WAINWRIGHT, Adam CARROLL, Ben BARKER||Porsche 911 RSR|
|28||88||LMGTE Am||Khaled AL QUBAISI, David HEINEMEIER HANSSON, Patrick LONG||Porsche 911 RSR|
|29||45||LMP2||Tor GRAVES, Alex LYNN, Shinji NAKANO||Oreca 05 - Nissan|
|30||50||LMGTE Am||Yutaka YAMAGISHI, Pierre RAGUES, Ricky TAYLOR||Chevrolet Corvette C7-Z06|
|31||4||LMP1||Simon TRUMMER, Oliver WEBB, Pierre KAFFER||CLM P1/01 - AER|
|32||7||LMP1||Marcel FASSLER, Andre LOTTERER, Benoit TRELUYER||Audi R18|
The 2016 FIA WEC season continues in China with the 6 Hours of Shanghai on November 6. That will pave the way for the championship finale with the highly anticipated FIA WEC 6 Hours of Bahrain on November 19 at BIC.