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Kobayashi, Conway and Lopez win in Fuji

Beat Alonso car by 11 sec
Sunday, October 14, 2018

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Toyotas 1-2 as always
Toyotas 1-2 as always

Toyota Gazoo Racing took a home 1-2 finish at the 6 Hours of Fuji today with the No.7 Toyota TS050 HYBRID driven by Mike Conway, Kamui Kobayashi and Jose Maria Lopez taking the victory.

It is a second victory at Fuji for Conway and Kobayashi following success in 2016, and it is a first WEC win for Lopez.

The No.8 sister car of Fernando Alonso, Sebastien Buemi and Kazuki Nakajima took the flag in second place but kept their championship points lead.

An action-packed start on a wet track saw Kazuki in the pole position #8 hold the advantage while Kamui put on an overtaking show in the #7, exploiting the advantage of four-wheel drive in the difficult conditions to move from eighth on the grid to second by lap two.

The start was wet. Is it ever sunny at Fuji?
The start was wet. Is it ever sunny at Fuji?

The excitement continued throughout a fascinating first hour. Kamui pitted early to switch to heavy wet tires before a safety car period eliminated Kazuki’s lead of over one minute. Soon after, the #8 switched to hybrid intermediate tires, leaving the #11 SMP in the lead.

Changing weather added to the drama, with bright sunshine drying the track towards the end of the safety car period. That left Kamui on inappropriate tires for the conditions so he was the first to pit for slick tires after the 30-minute interruption and he took advantage by immediately setting very quick lap times.

Kazuki and the other LMP1 cars did likewise soon after and when the running order stabilized early in the second hour, Kamui led in the #7 with Kazuki close behind and both TS050 HYBRIDs steadily building a gap to the third-placed #1 Rebellion.

When Kazuki handed over to Sébastien after two intense hours, the #8 was around 10 seconds behind its sister car, but with newer tires Sébastien began to close the gap on a fully dry track. The #8 took over the lead when Kamui brought his epic two-and-a-half-hour stint to an end, with Mike taking the wheel.

The momentum swung between the two cars, depending on who had the newer tires. After a full course yellow with two hours remaining, José in the #7 led by around 20 seconds from Fernando in the #8 and the pair pushed each other hard.

José set what turned out to be the fastest lap of the race on lap 153 and he kept a stable gap at the front until handing the lead to Kamui with just over 30 minutes remaining. Kamui had the honor of taking the checkered flag in the #7, with Kazuki bring the #8 home second for a perfect team result.

The LMGTE Pro category saw typically ferocious action. Through the multi-manufacturer action came Kevin Estre and Michael Christensen in the Porsche GT Team 911 RSR to take the first 6-hour WEC victory for the model.

LMP2 witnessed a faultless display by the Jackie Chan DC Racing squad of the all-Malaysian line-up of Jazeman Jaafar, Weiron Tan and Nabil Jeffri.

They led for the majority of the race and recorded a 1-2 ahead of the sister Jackie Chan DC Racing car of Ho-Pin Tung, Stephane Richelmi and Gabriel Aubry in what was a second consecutive win for the Chinese-entered squad.

Both Jota-Sport DCR ORECAs benefited by pitting just before the pitlane closed early on, and were given a comfortable buffer by a spin for nearest rivals TDS Racing in the second hour.

In LMGTE Am it was Team Project 1 team which celebrated its maiden win in the WEC. The trio of Egidio Perfetti, Jorg Bergmeister and Patrick Lindsey took victory after a thrilling contest with multiple leaders at various stages of the six-hour race.

52,800 fans attended the 2018 edition of the 6 Hours of Fuji.

Winning Quotes

Lopez, Conway and Kobayashi celebrate
Lopez, Conway and Kobayashi celebrate

TS050 HYBRID #7

Race: 2nd, 230 laps, 8 pit stops. Grid: 8th. Fastest lap: 1min 26.043secs

Mike Conway (TS050 HYBRID #7): “I am really pleased with this result; to get a one-two in TOYOTA’s home race is a nice feeling. It was not an easy race, especially starting from eighth but our car performed really well and my team-mates did a fantastic job as usual; they were solid and consistent which was exactly what we needed. It’s great to get another win after coming so close for the last two years and to get it now at the home race is obviously great. ”

Kamui Kobayashi (TS050 HYBRID #7): “It’s amazing to win my home race for the second time. The team has done a great job all weekend and they really deserve this. We were disappointed after qualifying but we came back in the best way possible with a victory. We have waited a long time on car #7 for this; finally we are in the center of the podium again. I think this can be a turning point for us for the rest of the season but now we need to celebrate this moment.”

José María L¢pez (TS050 HYBRID #7): “After the disappointment from qualifying it feels so good to achieve the first win with TOYOTA. It’s also a fantastic feeling to win for the first time in WEC. The most important thing is to thank everyone in Higashi-Fuji and Cologne who make it all possible as well as Mike and Kamui; it is a privilege to share a car with these guys. Together we have bounced back in a very important race for us and I cannot describe how happy I am.”

TS050 HYBRID #8

Shigeki Tomoyama (JPN) President Gazoo Racing Company  and Fernando Alonso (ESP) 
Shigeki Tomoyama (JPN) President Gazoo Racing Company and Fernando Alonso (ESP)

Race: 1st, 230 laps, 8 pit stops. Grid: 1st. Fastest lap: 1min 25.603secs

Sébastien Buemi (TS050 HYBRID #8): “Congratulations to the #7 guys, they did a great job and deserve this victory. On our car we were strong but the #7 was just a tiny bit quicker than us most of the race. Congratulations as well to the team for a perfect result in our home event; I’m happy we could achieve a one-two and I hope everyone enjoyed the race.”

Kazuki Nakajima (TS050 HYBRID #8): “It was a great result for the team to get a one-two here at Fuji Speedway; it is a special moment. For our car it was a difficult race today because the #7 had better pace in the dry conditions and we were a bit unlucky with the safety car. But no complaints; that’s racing. Today we finished second but we did a great job as a team for both World Championships.”

Fernando Alonso (TS050 HYBRID #8): “It was a good race. We were a bit unlucky with the safety car - we were one minute 20 seconds in front and all that advantage was neutralized, but these things happen in motorsport. We were not quite quick enough to battle the #7 today; congratulations to them. They deserved it because they have been very fast all weekend. It has been a positive day for the championship; we have extended the lead in both so overall it’s a very good weekend. ”

Akio Toyoda, TOYOTA Motor Corporation President: “We have achieved an excellent result of finishing the FIA World Endurance Championship 6 Hours of Fuji with a one-two finish. I would like to express our appreciation to all the fans supported us. The 6 Hours of Fuji this year meant a lot to us; a triumphant home return following the Le Mans 24 Hours, a chance to race again after the disappointment of the previous race and the home race of TOYOTA GAZOO Racing. Many fans, partners and suppliers who support our activities came to Fuji. In order to convey gratitude to them, I really wanted to be there but unfortunately I could not make it. I believe the best way to show them our gratitude as TOYOTA GAZOO Racing is to have a great race and I especially really wanted them to see a one-two finish like at Le Mans on our home circuit. What I could do for this purpose was to send a message to the drivers before the race: “Please drive out and enjoy the battle to the finish line!” And prior to the race, they replied to me: “We are going to race hard!” They really drove six hours like that. I think such a race could show TOYOTA GAZOO Racing’s passion to those who supported us and I would like to thank all the drivers for this. Although I could not be on site, I felt the feelings of everyone in the team from the TV screen and I was able to fight with them as one team. Thank you very much to the all team members for this one-two finish, and congratulations on the long-awaited win for all on car #7! And for the fans who always support us, thank you very much. We appreciate your continued support.”

Result

POSCLASSDRIVERCARLAPSGAP
1LMP1M.Conway, K.Kobayashi, J.M.LopezToyota2300.000s
2LMP1S.Buemi, K.Nakajima, F.AlonsoToyota23011.440s
3LMP1N.Jani, A.Lotterer, B.SennaRebellion/Gibson2264 Laps
4LMP1M.Aleshin, V.Petrov, J.ButtonBR Engineering/AER21911 Laps
5LMP1O.Webb, T.Dillmann, J.RossiterENSO CLM/NISMO21911 Laps
6LMP2J.Jaafar, W.Tan, N.JeffriORECA/Gibson21713 Laps
7LMP2H-Pin Tung, G.Aubry, S.RichelmiORECA/Gibson21713 Laps
8LMP2N.Lapierre, A.Negrao, P.ThirietAlpine/Gibson21713 Laps
9LMP2F.Perrodo, M.Vaxiviere, J-E.VergneORECA/Gibson21614 Laps
10LMP2E.Creed, R.Ricci, K.IharaLigier/Gibson21119 Laps
11GTE ProM.Christensen, K.EstrePorsche20723 Laps
12GTE ProT.Blomqvist, A.F.da CostaBMW20723 Laps
13GTE ProA.Priaulx, H.TincknellFord20723 Laps
14GTE ProA.P.Guidi, J.CaladoFerrari20723 Laps
15GTE ProR.Lietz, G.BruniPorsche20723 Laps
16GTE ProS.Mucke, O.PlaFord20624 Laps
17GTE ProM.Sorensen, N.ThiimAston Martin20624 Laps
18GTE ProM.Tomczyk, N.CatsburgBMW20624 Laps
19GTE ProA.Lynn, M.MartinAston Martin20624 Laps
20LMP2R.Gonzalez, P.Maldonado, A.DavidsonORECA/Gibson20525 Laps
21LMP2F.van Eerd, G.van der Garde, N.de VriesDallara/Gibson20426 Laps
22GTE ProD.Rigon, S.BirdFerrari20228 Laps
23GTE AmJ.Bergmeister, P.Lindsey, E.PerfettiPorsche20129 Laps
24GTE AmS.Hoshino, G.Roda, M.CairoliPorsche20129 Laps
25GTE AmS.Yoluc, J.Adam, C.EastwoodAston Martin20129 Laps
26GTE AmP.D.Lana, P.Lamy, M.LaudaAston Martin20129 Laps
27GTE AmM.Wainwright, B.Barker, T.PreiningPorsche20129 Laps
28GTE AmT.Flohr, F.Castellacci, G.FisichellaFerrari20030 Laps
29GTE AmMok W.S., K.Sawa, M.GriffinFerrari20030 Laps
30GTE AmC.Ried, J.Andlauer, M.CampbellPorsche17654 Laps
31LMP1J.Allen, B.HanleyBR Engineering/Gibson179DNF
32LMP1S.Sarrazin, E.Orudzhev, M.IsaakyanBR Engineering/AER132DNF
33LMP1M.Beche, T.Laurent, G.MenezesRebellion/Gibson23DNF
34GTE AmM.Ishikawa, O.Beretta, E.CheeverFerrari14DNF

Drivers' standings

POSDRIVERPOINTS
1Fernando Alonso65
1Kazuki Nakajima65
1Sebastien Buemi65
2Gustavo Menezes63
2Mathias Beche63
2Thomas Laurent63
3Jose Maria Lopez46
3Kamui Kobayashi46
3Mike Conway46
4Andre Lotterer36
4Neel Jani36
5Andre Negrao29
5Nicolas Lapierre29
5Pierre Thiriet29
6Gabriel Aubry26
6Ho-Pin Tung26
6Stephane Richelmi26
7Jazeman Jaafar26
7Nabil Jeffri26
7Weiron Tan26
8Bruno Senna18
9Pastor Maldonado16
9Roberto Gonzalez16
10Egor Orudzhev15
10Stephane Sarrazin15
11Oliver Webb12
12Dominik Kraihamer12
12Tom Dillmann12
13Mikhail Aleshin10
13Vitaly Petrov10
14Nathanael Berthon10
15Frits van Eerd7.5
15Giedo van der Garde7.5
16Anthony Davidson6
17Erwin Creed4.5
17Romano Ricci4.5
18Nyck de Vries4
19Jan Lammers3.5
20Francois Perrodo3
20Loic Duval3
20Matthieu Vaxiviere3
21Thomas Dagoneau2
22Yoshiharu Mori2
23Charlie Robertson1
23Leo Roussel1
23Mike Simpson1
24Julien Canal0.5
25Ben Hanley0.5
25Henrik Hedman0.5
25Renger van der Zande0.5
26Matevos Isaakyan0
27Jenson Button0
28Alex Brundle0
28Oliver Rowland0
28Oliver Turvey0
29Rene Binder0

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