World Endurance Championship 2014: Toyota Wins The Six Hours Of Spa - Overdrive

World Endurance Championship 2014: Toyota wins the Six Hours of Spa

05 May 2014 / 0

In the 2014 season of the World Endurance Championship, Toyota are taking the fight straight to the Audis. The win at the Six Hours of Spa makes it two wins from two races for the No. 8 car of Anthony Davidson, Nicolas Lapierre and Sebastien Buemi.  This puts them firmly in the lead in both the constructors as well as drivers’ championships standings.

This time, Audi ran three cars but they stayed largely anonymous. One of the main problems for the Audis was the lack of straight-line speed. However, a quick pit-stop during the second half of the race, helped the No. 1 car of the defending champions Lucas di Grassi, Loic Duval and Tom Kristensen take second place. During qualifying, Porsche’s No. 14 car took pole by more than 1.2 seconds, while the No. 8 Toyota took second and the No. 2 Audi took third.

Now, in the championship standings, Toyota have extended their lead with a total of 84 points, Porsche with 36 points and Audi has finally been able to get some points on the board with a total of 28 points.

While Alexander Wurz, Stephane Sarrazin and Kazuki Nakajima brought the second No. 7 Toyota home in third place. The No. 8 Toyota TS040 took the lead from the No. 14 Porsche 919 of Romain Dumas, Neel Jani and Marc Lieb after the first hour of hard racing while the No. 14 car finished in fourth place. The other Porsche of Mark Webber, Timo Bernhard and Brendon Hartley could only finish in 23rd place. The car was plagued with mechanical troubles and after 50 laps began to struggle with its pace.

Sébastien Buemi began to hunt down first place and at the next pit stops took the lead and set about building an advantage.

Sebastien Buemi began to hunt down first place and at the next pit stops took the lead and set about building an advantage.

  The No.2 Audi of Marcel Fassler, Andre Lotterer and Benoit Treluyer and the No. 3 car of Filipe Albuquerque and Marco Bonanomi finished fifth and sixth. In the LMP1-L class, Rebellion Racing ran their new R-One cars. They were the only entrants in the class and their No. 12 car of Nicolas Prost, Mathias Beche and Nick Heidfeld managed to pull out an impressive seventh place while the No. 13 car of Dominik Kraihamer, Andrea Belicchi and Fabio Leimer retired after 21 laps due to Mechanical issues. Their car never ran during free practice or qualifying, but was cleared for the race.

Toyota driver Anthony Davidson said, “This season is the first time I have ever led a World Championship.  Sebastien did a lot of the hard work in the difficult middle part of the race so when I got in it was pretty much job done. It’s great we got two cars on to the podium again”. In the LMP2 class, the Morgan-Nissan of Roman Rusinov, Olivier Pla and Julien Canal extended their championship lead with a fairly easy victory with the only hiccup being a bonnet change. After Porsche’s win in the LMGTE Pro class in Silverstone, the No. 51 AF Corsa Ferrari of Gianmaria Bruni and Toni Vilander took its revenge at Spa. Ferrari also claimed the victory in the LMGTE Pro class with their No. 61 AF Corsa Ferrari of Luis Perez-Companc, Marco Cioci and Mirko Venturi placing first; ahead of the two Aston Martins.

The AF Corse Ferrari ruled from start to finish. Gianmaria Bruni and Toni Vilander started from pole position.

The no. 51 AF Corse Ferrari ruled from start to finish. Gianmaria Bruni and Toni Vilander started from pole position.

In a couple of weeks time, all the contenders of the World Endurance Championship will be at Le mans on the 1st of June for testing two weeks before the holy grail of the series begins at the Circuit de la Sarthe — The legendary 24 Hours of Le Mans.

2014 Six Hours of Spa: Results

1Davidson/Lapierre/BuemiJPNToyota TS040 Hybrid171 lapsLMP1
2Kristensen/Duval/di GrassiGERAudi Sport Joest R18 e-tron171 lapsLMP1
3Wurz/Sarrazin/NakajimaJPNToyota TS040 Hybrid171 lapsLMP1
4Dumas/Jani/LiebGERPorsche 919 Hybrid170 lapsLMP1
5Fassler/Lotterer/TreluyerGERAudi Sport Joest R18 e-tron170 lapsLMP1
6Albuquerque/BonanomiGERAudi Sport Joest R18 e-tron169 lapsLMP1
7Prost/Heidfeld/BecheSUIRebellion R-ONE Toyota161 lapsLMP1
8Rusinov/Pla/CanalRUSG-Drive Morgan Nissan160 lapsLMP2
9Tincknell/Dolan/GeneGBRJota Zytek Z11SN Nissan160 lapsLMP2
10Howson/Bradley/ImperatoriHKGKCMG Oreca 03 Nissan 159 lapsLMP2
11Ladygin/Ladygin/ShaitarRUSSMP Oreca 03 Nissan158 laps LMP2
12Minassian/Zlobin/MedianiRUSSMP Oreca 03 Nissan158 laps LMP2
13Bruni/VilanderITAAF Corse Ferrari 458 Italia152 lapsGTE Pro
14Pilet/Bergmeister/TandyGERPorsche Team Manthay 911152 lapsGTE Pro
15Rigon/CaladoITAAF Corse Ferrari 458 Italia151 lapsGTE Pro
16Turner/Mucke/SennaGBRAston Martin Racing Vantage V8151 lapsGTE Pro
17Macdowall/O'Young/ReesGBRAston Martin Racing Vantage V8150 lapsGTE Pro
18Perez/Cioci/VenturiITAAF Corse Ferrari F458 Italia149 laps GTE Am
19Poulsen/Heinemeier/Stanaway GBRAston Martin Racing Vantage V8 149 lapsGTE Am
20Dalla Lana/Lamy/NygaardGBRAston Martin Racing Vantage V8 149 lapsGTE Am
21Holzer/Makowiecki/LietzGERPorsche Team Manthay 911148 lapsGTE Pro
22Ried/Bachler/Al Qubaisi GER Prospeed Porsche 911 GT3 RSR148 lapsGTE Am
23Webber/Hartley/BernhardGER Porsche 919 Hybrid148 lapsLMP1
24Wyatt/Rugolo/BirdITAAF Corse Ferrari F458 Italia146 lapsGTE Am
25Perrodo/Collard/VaxiviereGERProspeed Porsche 911 GT3 RSR145 lapsGTE Am
26Giammaria/Mann/CaseITAAF Corse Ferrari F458 Italia145 laps GTE Am
27Potolicchio/Roda/RubertiUSA8 Star Ferrari F458 Italia142 lapsGTE Am
28Leimer/Belicchi/KraihamerSUIRebellion R-ONE Toyota47 lapsLMP1

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