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Prototype Drivers
Pos Drivers Total
1 Jordan Taylor 226
1 Ricky Taylor 226
2 Christian Fittipaldi 207
2 Joao Barbosa 207
3 Misha Goikhberg 200
3 Stephen Simpson 200
4 Dane Cameron 199
4 Eric Curran 199
5 Ryan Dalziel 183
5 Scott Sharp 183
6 Tristan Nunez 181
6 Jonathan Bomarito 181
7 Tom Long 168
7 Joel Miller 168
8 Johannes Van Overbeek 162
9 Renger Van Der Zande 148
9 Marc Goossens 148
10 Ed Brown 117

1 Patricio O'ward 216
1 James French 216
2 Don Yount 182
3 Buddy Rice 120
4 Kyle Masson 108
5 Gustavo Yacaman 89
6 Nicholas Boulle 68
7 Garett Grist 62
8 Ryan Lewis 62
9 Sean Rayhall 60
10 Daniel Burkett 60

1 Jan Magnussen 182
1 Antonio Garcia 182
2 Alexander Sims 179
2 Bill Auberlen 179
3 Joey Hand 172
3 Dirk Mueller 172
4 Richard Westbrook 169
4 Ryan Briscoe 169
5 Dirk Werner 159
5 Patrick Pilet 159
6 Oliver Gavin 151
6 Tommy Milner 151
7 John Edwards 151
7 Martin Tomczyk 151
8 Laurens Vanthoor 151
9 Giancarlo Fisichella 104
9 Toni Vilander 104
10 Kevin Estre 78

1 Christina Nielsen 203
1 Alessandro Balzan 203
2 Jeroen Bleekemolen 195
2 Ben Keating 195
3 Andy Lally 179
3 Katherine Legge 179
4 Jens Klingmann 168
5 Lawson Aschenbach 166
5 Andrew Davis 166
6 Madison Snow 165
6 Bryan Sellers 165
7 Daniel Morad 162
8 Oswaldo Negri Jr. 152
8 Jeff Segal 152
9 Patrick Lindsey 150
10 Cooper Macneil 147

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1 #10 Konica Minolta Cadillac 226
2 #5 Mustang Sampling Racing 207
3 #85 Jdc-Miller Motorsports 200
4 #31 Whelen Engineering 199
5 #2 Tequila Patron Esm 183

1 #38 Performance Tech 216
2 #26 Bar1 Motorsports 185
3 #20 Bar1 Motorsports 182
4 #8 Starworks Motorsports 58
5 #88 Starworks Motorsport 28

1 #3 Corvette Racing 182
2 #25 BMW Team Rll 179
3 #66 Ford Chip Ganassi 172
4 #67 Ford Chip Ganassi 169
5 #911 Porsche Gt Team 159
6 #4 Corvette Racing 151
7 #24 BMW Team Rll 151
8 #912 Porsche Gt Team 151
9 #62 Risi Competizione 104
10 #68 Ford Chip Ganassi Uk 50

1 #63 Scuderia Corsa 203
2 #33 Riley Motorsports - AMG 195
3 #93 M. Shank W/ Curb-Aga 179
4 #96 Turner Motorsport 168
5 #57 Stevenson Motorsports 166
Toyota beats Porsche in heavy rain at Fuji

Cuts Porsche's lead with win in shortened race
Sunday, October 15, 2017


Toyotas battle in the rain
Toyotas battle in the rain and darkness

Toyota Gazoo Racing took a memorable 1-2 finish at their home race this afternoon after a dramatic seventh round of the 2017 FIA World Endurance Championship at Fuji Speedway.

In challenging wet and foggy conditions Sebastien Buemi, Kazuki Nakajima and Anthony Davidson took the No.8 Toyota TS 050 Hybrid to victory. They headed home the sister No.7 Toyota driven by Kamui Kobayashi, Mike Conway and Jose-Maria Lopez.

Toyota seemed to have a tire performance throughout the weather affected race which saw six Safety Car periods, one Full Course Yellow and two red flag periods in an eventful race.

The result means that the destination of this year's drivers' title is still not known as the leading No.2 Porsche trio of Brendon Hartley, Earl Bamber and Timo Bernhard finished in fourth place. The gap between them and the No.8 Toyota crew is now 39 points with 52 to play for in the last two races of the season.

The #1 Porsche battles the #7 Toyota for 2nd
The #1 Porsche battles the #7 Toyota for 2nd

Rounding out the podium was the No.1 Porsche 919 Hybrid driven by Andre Lotterer, Neel Jani and Nick Tandy.

Andre Lotterer started the race but suffered contact with the back of Buemi’s Toyota. A broken dive plane from his 919 Hybrid affected his pace and he soon fell back to fourth position.

However, after taking a new front bodywork section Neel Jani and Nick Tandy fought back and were in contention to challenge for the win before the multiple stoppages for rain and fog came. 

Valiante Rebellion come through to win again

LMP2 saw the Valiante Rebellion crew of Bruno Senna, Nicolas Prost and Julien Canal take their second victory of the season.

Bruno Senna and Nicolas Prost completed epic multiple stints at the wheel of the No.31 car to lead home the Signatech Alpine car of Nicolas Lapierre, Gustavo Menezes and Andre Negrao.

Completing the LMP2 podium was the points leading No.38 Jackie Chan DC Racing car of Oliver Jarvis, Ho-Pin Tung and Thomas Laurent. They still lead the LMP2 points table but now by a reduced lead of 10pts to Senna and Canal.

The race featured a spectacular and controversial incident between CEFC Manor TRS Racing driver Jan-Eric Vergne and No.13 Valiante Rebellion racer Matthias Beche in the fourth hour. The two touched several times before Beche impacted the barriers.

51,000 dedicated fans witnessed the action at Fuji in difficult conditions, cementing the reputation of Japanese fans as some of the most passionate in the world of motorsport.

Next stop on the calendar is the 6 Hours of Shanghai on Sunday 5th November, the 8th round of the 9-race 2017 season. 

Ferrari takes a clean sweep in LMGTE to extend GT World Championship lead

Ferrari claimed maximum points in the LMGTE Pro and Am categories today at a severely weather-disrupted 6 Hours of Fuji, the 7th round of the 2017 FIA World Endurance Championship.  The race was stopped with 4 hours 24 minutes and 50 seconds on the clock.

AF Corse Ferrari’s James Calado and Alessandro Pier Guidi took their No.51 Ferrari 458 GTE to first place in the LMGTE Pro category and their third win of the season, eventually finishing just 0.96s ahead of the No.91 Porsche 911 RSR of Frederic Makowiecki and Richard Lietz. 

In third place was the second Porsche GT, the No.92 of Kevin Estre and Michael Christensen, with the No.66 Ford Chip Ganassi GT, No.71 Ferrari 458 GTE and the No.97 Aston Martin Vantage taking the remaining positions in the top six.

The race was disrupted by six safety car periods and two red flag stoppages during an afternoon which saw fog and rain cover the Fuji Speedway track frequently, and in different intensities.  Low visibility was the reason for both the red flag periods, with drivers’ safety being paramount at all times.

Calado and Pier Guido now lead the GT FIA World Endurance Drivers’ Championship and Ferrari has extended its lead in the GT Manufacturers’ title race to 47 points.  Porsche has overtaken Ford for second place after the American manufacturer had a tough weekend and were not able to follow up their 2016 victory.

It was particularly challenging for the drivers of the No.66, Andy Priaulx and Harry Tincknell, who had been leading the GT Drivers’ championship in the first half of the race, and a trip to the gravel trap in fifth hour relegated them to 8th in class.

Spirit of Race take first WEC victory in LMGTE Am

The overall winners Buemi, Nakajima and Davidson
The overall winners Buemi, Nakajima and Davidson
For the 51,000 passionate Japanese fans coming to Fuji Speedway over the three-day weekend, there was just as much close competition and excitement in the LMGTE Am category for them to witness, particularly in today’s race.

Taking a first win of the season and a first victory in the WEC was the Spirit of Race Ferrari trio of Thomas Flohr, Francesco Castellacci and Miguel Molina. 

The No.54 Ferrari 488 GTE was 1.137s ahead of the class pole-sitting No.61 Clearwater Ferrari of Weng Sun Mok, Matt Griffin and local Japanese driver Keita Sawa at the second red flag which was deployed at 15:30 local time.  The race was eventually not re-started as weather conditions continue to deteriorate. 

Third in class was the No.77 Dempsey Proton Porsche 911 RSR – with team owner Patrick Dempsey present in Japan to see their podium finish – sporting a pink ribbon livery in support of the Dempsey Center cancer charity.

Next stop on the calendar is the 6 Hours of Shanghai on Sunday 5th November, the 8th round of the 9-race 2017 season.


1stLMP1Buemi S. Davidson A. Nakajima K.#8Toyota1130.000s0.000s
2ndLMP1Conway M. Kobayashi K. LOPEZ J.#7Toyota1131.4981.498
3rdLMP1Jani N. Lotterer A. Tandy N.#1Porsche1132.2720.774
4thLMP1Bernhard T. Bamber E. Hartley B.#2Porsche1121 Laps1 Laps
5thLMP2Canal J. Prost N. Senna B.#31ORECA/Gibson1103 Laps2 Laps
6thLMP2Lapierre N. Menezes G. Negrao A.#36Alpine/Gibson1103 Laps1.389
7thLMP2Tung H. Jarvis O. Laurent T.#38ORECA/Gibson1103 Laps0.781
8thLMP2Perrodo F. VAXIVIERE M. Collard E.#28ORECA/Gibson1103 Laps1.110
9thLMP2Rao M. Hanley B. VERGNE J.#24ORECA/Gibson1103 Laps5.852
10thLMP2Rusinov R. Thiriet P. Rossiter J.#26ORECA/Gibson1103 Laps5.145
11thGTE ProCalado J. Pier Guidi A.#51Ferrari1094 Laps1 Laps
12thGTE ProLietz R. Makowiecki F.#91Porsche1094 Laps0.968
13thLMP2GONZALEZ R. Trummer S. Petrov V.#25ORECA/Gibson1094 Laps1.528
14thGTE ProChristensen M. Estre K.#92Porsche1094 Laps0.953
15thGTE ProMucke S. Pla O.#66Ford1094 Laps2.911
16thGTE ProRigon D. Bird S.#71Ferrari1094 Laps5.405
17thGTE ProTurner D. Adam J.#97Aston Martin1094 Laps1:20.754
18thGTE ProThiim N. SØRENSEN M.#95Aston Martin1085 Laps1 Laps
19thGTE AmFlohr T. Castellacci F. MOLINA M.#54Ferrari1076 Laps1 Laps
20thGTE AmMOK W. SAWA K. Griffin M.#61Ferrari1076 Laps1.137
21stGTE AmRied C. Cairoli M. DIENST M.#77Porsche1076 Laps1:31.104
22ndGTE AmHedlund M. Barker B. Foster N.#86Porsche1067 Laps1 Laps
23rdGTE AmDalla lana P. Lamy P. Lauda M.#98Aston Martin1058 Laps1 Laps
24thGTE ProPriaulx A. Tincknell H.#67Ford9617 Laps9 Laps
25thLMP2Beche M. Heinemeier Hansson D. Piquet Jr N.#13ORECA/Gibson8528 Laps11 Laps
26thLMP2Cheng D. Brundle A. Gommendy T.#37ORECA/Gibson5261 Laps33 Laps


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