WEC 2014, Six Hours of Shanghai, Toyota Takes 1st & 2nd

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Published on November 2nd, 2014 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez

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WEC 2014, Six Hours of Shanghai, Toyota Takes 1st & 2nd

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TOYOTA Racing took its second consecutive one-two victory, winning the Six Hours of Shanghai by more than a lap to extend its lead in the FIA World Endurance Championship. Toyota drivers Sebastien Buemi and Anthony Davidson led home a Toyota one-two in China on a day that the TS040 again showed its superiority over Porsche’s 919 Hybrid and the Audi R18 e-tron quattro.

DAVIDSON Anthony (GBR) Toyota Ts 040 Hybrid Lmp1 H Team Toyota Racing , portrait podium ambiance during the 2014 FIA WEC World Endurance Championship, 6 Hours of Fuji from October 9th to 12th 2014, at Oyama, Japan. Photo Frederic Le Floch / DPPI

The 1,000PS four-wheel-drive TS040 HYBRID, which dominated the last round in Fuji, was once again in a class of its own with Alex Wurz, Stéphane Sarrazin and Kazuki Nakajima taking second place in the #7. That gives TOYOTA a 29-point advantage in the manufacturers’ World Championship with two races remaining.

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The race started in bright sunshine, with Sébastien and Alex retaining second and fourth positions respectively during the first corners before an accident at the rear of the field brought out the safety car. While the pack circulated slowly behind the safety car, both cars pitted for new tyres and more fuel, therefore eliminating the need for a short refuelling stop late in the race when more time would be lost. When racing resumed after 25 minutes, Alex was the leading TS040 HYBRID as Sébastien had pitted a second time to top up on fuel due to a temporary refuelling issue at his first stop. Sébastien overtook Alex while both soon moved into the top six and began closing on the leaders.

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Setting fastest laps on the way, Sébastien battled past the front runners and into the lead by the time he handed over to Anthony, who resumed ahead. Alex was close behind and made two decisive overtaking moves to move from fourth to second. The two-hour mark passed with the TS040 HYBRIDs stretching their advantage and soon after, at the next round of stops, Stéphane took over the #7 from Alex while Anthony continued for another stint. A smooth race continued and, as the 100-lap milestone approached, Sébastien returned to the wheel of the #8, by now holding a healthy advantage over the #7.

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While Sébastien continued for a second stint in the #8, Stéphane handed the #7 to Kazuki with more smooth pit stops helping to maintain TOYOTA Racing’s control of the race. By the time Sébastien swapped with Anthony for the final time, the #8 held a one-lap lead over all cars except the second-place #7. That left Anthony and Kazuki to bring the cars home for the team’s third one-two finish of the season.

The battle for the World Championship now moves into the final stages with just two races remaining, in Bahrain on 15 November and Sao Paulo on 30 November.

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RESULTS – 188 LAPS:

PosClassDriverTeamCarGap
1LMP1A.Davidson, S.BuemiToyota RacingToyota6h01m15.319s
2LMP1A.Wurz, S.Sarrazin, K.NakajimaToyota RacingToyota1m12.564s
3LMP1R.Dumas, N.Jani, M.LiebPorsche TeamPorsche1 Lap
4LMP1M.Fassler, A.Lotterer, B.TreluyerAudi Sport Team JoestAudi1 Lap
5LMP1L.di Grassi, L.Duval, T.KristensenAudi Sport Team JoestAudi1 Lap
6LMP1T.Bernhard, M.Webber, B.HartleyPorsche TeamPorsche2 Laps
7LMP1N.Prost, N.Heidfeld, M.BecheRebellion RacingRebellion/Toyota8 Laps
8LMP1D.Kraihamer, A.Belicchi, F.LeimerRebellion RacingRebellion/Toyota8 Laps
9LMP2R.Rusinov, O.Pla, J.CanalG-Drive RacingLigier/Nissan11 Laps
10LMP2S.Sharp, R.Dalziel, R.GonzalezExtreme Speed MotorsportsHPD14 Laps
11LMP2S.Zlobin, N.Minassian, M.MedianiSMP RacingOreca/Nissan14 Laps
12LMP2K.Ladygin, V.Shaitar, A.LadyginSMP RacingOreca/Nissan14 Laps
13LMP2E.Brown, J.van Overbeek, D.BrabhamExtreme Speed MotorsportsHPD15 Laps
14LMP1P.Kaffer, L.AuerLotus/AER17 Laps
15LMP2D.Cheng, H-Pin Tung, M.PattersonOak RacingMorgan/Judd21 Laps
16GTE ProF.Makowiecki, P.PiletPorsche Team MantheyPorsche21 Laps
17GTE ProJ.Bergmeister, R.LietzPorsche Team MantheyPorsche21 Laps
18GTE ProD.Rigon, J.CaladoAF CorseFerrari22 Laps
19GTE ProA.MacDowall, D.O’Young, F.ReesAston Martin RacingAston Martin22 Laps
20GTE AmP.D.Lana, P.Lamy, C.NygaardAston Martin RacingAston Martin23 Laps
21GTE AmK.Poulsen, D.Hansson, R.StanawayAston Martin RacingAston Martin23 Laps
22GTE AmG.Roda, P.Ruberti, M.Cressoni8 Star MotorsportsFerrari24 Laps
23GTE AmF.Perrodo, E.Collard, M.VaxiviereProspeed CompetitionPorsche25 Laps
24GTE AmC.Ried, W.Henzler, K.Al QubaisiProton CompetitionPorsche27 Laps
GTE ProD.Turner, S.MuckeAston Martin RacingAston MartinRetirement
LMP2M.Howson, R.Bradley, A.ImperatoriKCMGOreca/NissanRetirement
GTE ProG.Bruni, T.VilanderAF CorseFerrariRetirement

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