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Prototype Drivers
Pos Drivers Total
1 Dane Cameron 314
1 Eric Curran 314
2 Joao Barbosa 311
2 Christian Fittipaldi 311
3 Jordan Taylor 309
3 Ricky Taylor 309
4 Oswaldo Negri Jr. 282
5 Marc Goossens 273
6 Tom Long 258
6 Joel Miller 258
7 Tristan Nunez 257
7 Jonathan Bomarito 257
8 John Pew 255
9 Ryan Dalziel 247
10 Katherine Legge 247
11 Sean Rayhall 196
12 Scott Sharp 128
12 Johannes van Overbeek 128
12 Luis Felipe Derani 128
13 Olivier Pla 113
14 Max Angelelli 113
15 Ryan Hunter-Reay 109
16 Spencer Pigot 95
17 Andy Meyrick 91
18 Filipe Albuquerque 88
19 Ed Brown 72
20 Ben Devlin 70
21 Scott Pruett 62
22 Simon Pagenaud 55
23 Rubens Barrichello 53
24 Nicolas Minassian 52
25 Byron DeFoor 46
25 Jim Pace 46
25 David Hinton 46
25 Dorsey Schroeder 46
26 Henrik Hedman 29
26 Nicolas Lapierre 29
27 Brendon Hartley 27
27 Andy Priaulx 27
27 Lance Stroll 27
27 Alex Wurz 27
28 Jonny Adam 26
29 Jamie McMurray 25
29 Scott Dixon 25
29 Tony Kanaan 25
29 Kyle Larson 25
30 Gabby Chaves 25
31 Thomas Gruber 24
32 Keiko Ihara 24
33 Maurizio Mediani 23
33 Kirill Ladygin 23
33 Mikhail Aleshin 23
34 AJ Allmendinger 21
35 Carlos de Quesada 21
35 Dominik Farnbacher 21
35 Cameron Lawrence 21
35 Daniel Morad 21
36 Andreas Wirth 20

Prototype Teams
1 #31 ACTION EXPRESS RACING 314
2 #5 ACTION EXPRESS RACING 311
3 #10 WAYNE TAYLOR RACING 309
4 #60 MICHAEL SHANK RACING 282
5 #90 VISITFLORIDA RACING 273
6 #70 MAZDA MOTORSPORTS 258
7 #55 MAZDA MOTORSPORTS 257
8 #0 PANOZ DELTAWING RACING 220
9 #2 TEQUILA PATRON ESM 128
10 #50 HIGHWAY TO HELP 46
11 #81 DRAGONSPEED 29
12 #01 FORD CHIP GANASSI RACING 27
13 #02 FORD CHIP GANASSI RACING 25
14 #37 SMP RACING 23
15 #24 ALEGRA MOTORSPORTS 21

Prototype Manufacturers
1 Chevrolet 338
2 Ligier 324
3 Mazda 304
4 Oreca 56
5 BR 30
1-2 finish for Toyota at Spa

Japanese teach Porsche a lesson
Saturday, May 6, 2017

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Winning #8 Toyota
Winning #8 Toyota

TOYOTA GAZOO Racing took its second consecutive victory of the 2017 FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) season with a one-two in the 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps.

Silverstone winners Sebastien Buemi, Anthony Davidson and Kazuki Nakajima, in the #8 TS050 HYBRID, again took top step of the podium to extend their lead in the drivers’ World Championship to 17 points.

In a dramatic race, the #7 of Mike Conway and Kamui Kobayashi finished just 1.992secs behind in second place, for the team’s first one-two since Shanghai in 2014. That moves TOYOTA into the lead of the manufacturers’ World Championship, by 8.5 points from Porsche.

The #9 crew of Stephane Sarrazin, Yuji Kunimoto and Nicolas Lapierre, competing together for the first time, completed a trouble-free race to finish fifth and gather valuable experience with the low-downforce TS050 HYBRID.

Right from the start, the TOYOTAs were challenging for the win, with first Sebastien then Mike putting the pole-position #1 Porsche under pressure. On the 10th lap, Mike took the lead, while Sebastien took second three laps later.

At the first driver changes, Yuji took over the #9 in fifth for his first-ever racing laps at Spa. He showed consistency and maturity throughout his two stints to navigate safely through the lapped traffic; a key stage in his acclimatization to WEC racing.

Kamui was consistently building a lead for the #7 as the race passed the halfway point, with Anthony in the #8 in second. But the race soon took a significant turn with two full course yellow periods.

The #7 was unlucky to be already in the pits on both occasions. Other cars pitted after the yellow flags and therefore conceded far less time due to the 80km/h limit around the lap. Mike, whose stops were made when the competitors were driving at racing speeds, lost around one minute.

Kazuki initially took the lead during the first full course yellow then extended it significantly during the second. Mike on the other hand found himself in a fight with the #2 Porsche, dropping to third.

A further twist saw the #2 Porsche lose time due to accident repairs meaning Sebastien held a half-minute lead going into the final hour over Kamui, now second in the #7.

Kamui closed the gap but held position in the last laps, crossing the line just behind Sebastien, who took TOYOTA’s 13th win since its WEC debut in 2012. Nicolas completed a clean run for the #9 car, taking the flag in fifth, two laps behind.

TOYOTA GAZOO Racing now makes the short journey back to Cologne to accelerate preparations for the Le Mans 24 Hours on 17-18 June when the team expects a challenging and close fight with Porsche. Before that, all teams participate in the official Le Mans test day on 4 June.

Toyotas lead through Eau Rouge at Spa

Toshio Sato, Team President: “This was a dramatic race; I hope the fans enjoyed it. We are delighted with the result after another intense fight with Porsche. The #7 was unlucky with the two full course yellows. These things can happen in endurance racing but it’s really frustrating for Mike, Kamui and the car crew. They had the quickest car today in the race and didn’t make any mistakes. Well done to the #8 car; they never gave up and got their reward. It’s also been a very productive weekend from a technical point of view; having the chance to get data on the low-downforce package with the #9 is helpful for our Le Mans preparations. Le Mans is our big target and we will now make the final push to be ready.”

TS050 HYBRID #7 (Mike Conway, Kamui Kobayashi)

Race: 2nd, 173 laps, 7 pit stops. Grid: 2nd. Fastest lap: 1min 58.039secs

Mike Conway (TS050 HYBRID #7): “I’m a bit disappointed but it’s a great team result. The car has been very good all weekend and the team did a fantastic job. In the first part of the race we were really quick and built up a nice lead but we got the two full course yellows at exactly the wrong times. That’s racing sometimes. We have to take the positives from this weekend and carry that into Le Mans.”

Kamui Kobayashi (TS050 HYBRID #7): “Our car was really fast today; we just lost the race due to bad luck. At the end I caught up with Sebastien but in the last laps it’s not fair to attack when we are running one-two so I just followed him. It’s nice for the team to score maximum points from the race, especially in one of our home races; it was a good effort from everyone.”

TS050 HYBRID #8 (Sebastien Buemi, Anthony Davidson, Kazuki Nakajima)

Race: 1st, 173 laps, 7 pit stops. Grid: 4th. Fastest lap: 1min 57.722secs

Winning #8 Toyota drivers on podium
Winning #8 Toyota drivers on podium
Sebastien Buemi (TS050 HYBRID #8): “Today we were not the fastest TOYOTA; car #7 deserved the win more. They lost so much time with the full course yellows. Our car didn’t quite have the pace so it’s nice in a way to win without actually being the quickest; maybe it’s a good sign. Last year we were leading by a lap when we had a technical problem so fortune has really turned around for our car here.”

Anthony Davidson (TS050 HYBRID #8): “We certainly had some luck today because those two full course yellows gave us around a minute in total on the #7 car. Mike and Kamui were blindingly quick from the start of the weekend and we didn’t have an answer, so they deserved the win. But for the team it’s a fantastic result and great preparation for Le Mans.”

Kazuki Nakajima (TS050 HYBRID #8): “It was a difficult race on our car and I have mixed feelings to be honest. I’m happy to be on the middle step of the podium but car #7 was really unlucky. In the end it was a great result for the team and it’s good to know that our car is getting a bit of luck this year after having none at all in 2016. Now we head to Le Mans with a good feeling.”

TS050 HYBRID #9 (Stephane Sarrazin, Yuji Kunimoto, Nicolas Lapierre)

Race: 5th, 171 laps, 7 pit stops. Grid: 3rd. Fastest lap: 1min 58.020secs

Stephane Sarrazin (TS050 HYBRID #9): “It was a difficult race for us in the low-downforce car due to the tire degradation. I enjoyed the race; I pushed and the pace was pretty good. It was important for Yuji to experience a WEC race for the first time and it was important to finish. So all in all it’s a good weekend for us and the low-downforce car is a good base; it has big potential for Le Mans.” 

Yuji Kunimoto (TS050 HYBRID #9): “I enjoyed my first race weekend in WEC, and my first race here at Spa. There is a lot to learn and it was good to do a lot of laps today to experience things like traffic and tire management. The result was not the main target today; it was an important step for us all to prepare for Le Mans so I am pretty happy with it.”

Nicolas Lapierre (TS050 HYBRID #9): “It’s a great day for the team and a great result. Unfortunately on our car we were lacking some downforce, which is normal for the Le Mans-spec car, but it meant we had a lot of tire degradation so we couldn’t fight. It was a good learning for Le Mans and the most important was to finish the race and from that aspect it’s been a positive weekend.”

Results

POSCLASSDRIVERCARLAPSGAP
1LMP1S.Buemi, A.Davidson, K.NakajimaToyota1736h00m11.490s
2LMP1M.Conway, K.KobayashiToyota1731.992s
3LMP1T.Bernhard, E.Bamber, B.HartleyPorsche17335.283s
4LMP1N.Jani, A.Lotterer, N.TandyPorsche1731m25.438s
5LMP1S.Sarrazin, Y.Kunimoto, N.LapierreToyota1712 Laps
6LMP1O.Webb, D.Kraihamer, J.RossiterENSO CLM/NISMO16112 Laps
7LMP2R.Rusinov, P.Thiriet, A.LynnORECA/Gibson16013 Laps
8LMP2J.Canal, N.Prost, B.SennaORECA/Gibson16013 Laps
9LMP2H-Pin Tung, O.Jarvis, T.LaurentORECA/Gibson16013 Laps
10LMP2M.Beche, D.H.Hansson, N.Piquet Jr.ORECA/Gibson15914 Laps
11LMP2R.Dumas, G.Menezes, M.RaoAlpine/Gibson15914 Laps
12LMP2P.Ragues, A.Negrao, N.PanciaticiAlpine/Gibson15815 Laps
13LMP2T.Graves, J.Hirschi, J-E.VergneORECA/Gibson15815 Laps
14LMP2R.Gonzalez, S.Trummer, V.PetrovORECA/Gibson15815 Laps
15LMP2F.Perrodo, B.Hanley, E.CollardORECA/Gibson15815 Laps
16LMP2D.Cheng, A.Brundle, T.GommendyORECA/Gibson15617 Laps
17GTE ProD.Rigon, S.BirdFerrari15122 Laps
18GTE ProJ.Calado, A.P.GuidiFerrari15023 Laps
19GTE ProS.Mucke, O.Pla, B.JohnsonFord15023 Laps
20GTE ProA.Priaulx, H.Tincknell, L.DeraniFord15023 Laps
21GTE ProR.Lietz, F.MakowieckiPorsche14924 Laps
22GTE ProM.Christensen, K.EstrePorsche14924 Laps
23GTE ProD.Turner, J.Adam, D.SerraAston Martin14825 Laps
24GTE ProN.Thiim, M.Sorensen, R.StanawayAston Martin14825 Laps
25GTE AmP.D.Lana, P.Lamy, M.LaudaAston Martin14627 Laps
26GTE AmC.Ried, M.Cairoli, M.DienstPorsche14627 Laps
27GTE AmW.Sun Mok, K.Sawa, M.GriffinFerrari14528 Laps
28GTE AmT.Flohr, F.Castellacci, M.MolinaFerrari14429 Laps
-LMP2N.Moore, P.Hanson, K.ChandhokLigier/Gibson151Retirement
-GTE AmM.Wainwright, B.Barker, N.FosterPorsche76Retirement

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