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.

View best pics from Fuji here

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.

Toyota #6 wins for the first time this season!
Toyota #6 wins for the first time this season!

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.

Full Results

PosNoCatDriverCar
16LMP1Stephane SARRAZIN, Mike CONWAY, Kamui KOBAYASHIToyota TS050 - Hybrid
28LMP1Lucas DI GRASSI, Loic DUVAL, Oliver JARVISAudi R18
31LMP1Timo BERNHARD, Mark WEBBER, Brendon HARTLEYPorsche 919 Hybrid
45LMP1Anthony DAVIDSON, Sebastien BUEMI, Kazuki NAKAJIMAToyota TS050 - Hybrid
52LMP1Romain DUMAS, Neel JANI, Marc LIEBPorsche 919 Hybrid
613LMP1Matheo TUSCHER, Dominik KRAIHAMER, Alexandre IMPERATORIRebellion R-One - AER
726LMP2Roman RUSINOV, Alex BRUNDLE, Will STEVENSOreca 05 - Nissan
843LMP2Ricardo GONZALEZ, Filipe ALBUQUERQUE, Bruno SENNALIGIER JS P2 - Nissan
936LMP2Gustavo MENEZES, Nicolas LAPIERRE, Stephane RICHELMIAlpine A460 - Nissan
1030LMP2Antonio GIOVINAZZI, Giedo VAN DER GARDE, Sean GELAELLIGIER JS P2 - Nissan
1131LMP2Ryan DALZIEL, Luis Felipe DERANI, Christopher CUMMINGLIGIER JS P2 - Nissan
1242LMP2Jonny KANE, Lewis WILLIAMSON,Gibson 015S - Nissan
1344LMP2Matthew RAO, Richard BRADLEY, Roberto MERHIOreca 05 - Nissan
1427LMP2Nicolas MINASSIAN, Maurizio MEDIANI, Mikhail ALESHINBR01 - Nissan
1535LMP2David CHENG, Ho-Pin TUNG, Paul Loup CHATINAlpine A460 - Nissan
1637LMP2Vitaly PETROV, Kirill LADYGIN, Victor SHAITARBR01 - Nissan
1767LMGTE ProAndy PRIAULX, Harry TINCKNELL,Ford GT
1866LMGTE ProStefan MUCKE, Olivier PLA,Ford GT
1951LMGTE ProGianmaria BRUNI, James CALADO,Ferrari 488 GTE
2071LMGTE ProDavide RIGON, Sam BIRD,Ferrari 488 GTE
2195LMGTE ProNicki THIIM, Marco SORENSEN,Aston Martin Vantage V8
2297LMGTE ProRichie STANAWAY, Darren TURNER,Aston Martin Vantage V8
2377LMGTE ProRichard LIETZ, Michael CHRISTENSEN,Porsche 911 RSR (2016)
2498LMGTE AmPaul DALLA LANA, Pedro LAMY, Mathias LAUDAAston Martin Vantage V8
2583LMGTE AmFrancois PERRODO, Emmanuel COLLARD, Rui AGUASFerrari F458 Italia
2678LMGTE AmChristian RIED, Wolf HENZLER, Joel CAMATHIASPorsche 911 RSR
2786LMGTE AmMichael WAINWRIGHT, Adam CARROLL, Ben BARKERPorsche 911 RSR
2888LMGTE AmKhaled AL QUBAISI, David HEINEMEIER HANSSON, Patrick LONGPorsche 911 RSR
2945LMP2Tor GRAVES, Alex LYNN, Shinji NAKANOOreca 05 - Nissan
3050LMGTE AmYutaka YAMAGISHI, Pierre RAGUES, Ricky TAYLORChevrolet Corvette C7-Z06
314LMP1Simon TRUMMER, Oliver WEBB, Pierre KAFFERCLM P1/01 - AER
327LMP1Marcel FASSLER, Andre LOTTERER, Benoit TRELUYERAudi 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.

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