Toyota Gazoo Racing earned a one-two finish at its home race in Japan on Sunday as the 2017 FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) inched closer to the season-ending Bapco 6 Hours of Bahrain
An eventful and rain-affected 6 Hours of Fuji marked the seventh round of the nine-meeting season, and it was the trio of Sebastien Buemi, Anthony Davidson and Kazuki Nakajima who triumphed.
The result earned them their third race win of 2017 in their no. 8 TS050 Hybrid. It was also Toyota’s fifth victory in six events at Fuji Speedway.
Mike Conway, Kamui Kobayashi and Jose Maria Lopez in the no. 7 car took second place on a day that the TS050 Hybrid showed its strong performance in wet conditions.
Rain intensified and fog descended on the track, causing several interruptions to the race. The heavy wet conditions and differing fuel strategies removed any advantage during safety cars, the final order of the podium was unpredictable throughout.
“This a great result for the team and also for our home fans here at Fuji; thanks to them for such great support, especially considering the weather,” said Buemi
The LMP2 class was won by the trio of Julien Cana, Nicolas Prost and Bruno Senna of Vaillante Rebellion driving an Oreca/Gibson.
The LMGTE Pro category was claimed by James Calado and Alessandro Pier Guidi of AF Corse driving a Ferrari. Thomas Flohr, Francesco Castellacci and Miguel Molina of Spirit of Race, driving a Ferrari, won the LMGTE Am category.
The WEC now heads to the penultimate round of the season, the 6 Hours of Shanghai on November 5 and soon after the FIA WEC Bapco 6 Hours of Bahrain at Bahrain International Circuit on November 17 and 18.
Tickets are now on sale at BD10 apiece for the two-day extravaganza, which will feature both top-class racing and off-track entertainment