Toyota Gazoo Racing Takes1-2 At Fuji


The No. 8 Toyota TS050 HYBRID driven by Sébastien Buemi, Kazuki Nakajima and Brendon Hartley started today’s race on pole position. It is the fourth win at Fuji for home driver Nakajima and marks the seventh WEC victory for Toyota at the Fuji Speedway since the championship’s inception back in 2012.

It was a near-perfect drive for the No. 8 car today as they took a lights-to-flag victory, with the only incident during the six-hour race being a drive-through penalty for speeding in the pitlane. The sister No. 7 car driven by Mike Conway, Kamui Kobayashi and José Maria Lopez finished 33.955s adrift of the winning Toyota.

Rebellion Racing took the third podium spot in LMP1 after a relatively trouble-free race with its trio of drivers Bruno Senna, Gustavo Menezes and Norman Nato. The race’s opening 30 minutes saw the No. 1 Rebellion R13 car spearheading the two Toyotas before the No. 7 car edged in front and steadily built up an advantage for the remainder of the race.

Team LNT had a difficult race with its Ginetta G60-LT-P1 AERs due to technical teething troubles including a six-minute stop and go penalty for the No. 6 car in the final hour due to a technical infringement.