Published on November 2nd, 2014 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez0
WEC 2014, Six Hours of Shanghai, Toyota Takes 1st & 2nd
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
RESULTS – 188 LAPS:
|1||LMP1||A.Davidson, S.Buemi||Toyota Racing||Toyota||6h01m15.319s|
|2||LMP1||A.Wurz, S.Sarrazin, K.Nakajima||Toyota Racing||Toyota||1m12.564s|
|3||LMP1||R.Dumas, N.Jani, M.Lieb||Porsche Team||Porsche||1 Lap|
|4||LMP1||M.Fassler, A.Lotterer, B.Treluyer||Audi Sport Team Joest||Audi||1 Lap|
|5||LMP1||L.di Grassi, L.Duval, T.Kristensen||Audi Sport Team Joest||Audi||1 Lap|
|6||LMP1||T.Bernhard, M.Webber, B.Hartley||Porsche Team||Porsche||2 Laps|
|7||LMP1||N.Prost, N.Heidfeld, M.Beche||Rebellion Racing||Rebellion/Toyota||8 Laps|
|8||LMP1||D.Kraihamer, A.Belicchi, F.Leimer||Rebellion Racing||Rebellion/Toyota||8 Laps|
|9||LMP2||R.Rusinov, O.Pla, J.Canal||G-Drive Racing||Ligier/Nissan||11 Laps|
|10||LMP2||S.Sharp, R.Dalziel, R.Gonzalez||Extreme Speed Motorsports||HPD||14 Laps|
|11||LMP2||S.Zlobin, N.Minassian, M.Mediani||SMP Racing||Oreca/Nissan||14 Laps|
|12||LMP2||K.Ladygin, V.Shaitar, A.Ladygin||SMP Racing||Oreca/Nissan||14 Laps|
|13||LMP2||E.Brown, J.van Overbeek, D.Brabham||Extreme Speed Motorsports||HPD||15 Laps|
|14||LMP1||P.Kaffer, L.Auer||Lotus/AER||17 Laps|
|15||LMP2||D.Cheng, H-Pin Tung, M.Patterson||Oak Racing||Morgan/Judd||21 Laps|
|16||GTE Pro||F.Makowiecki, P.Pilet||Porsche Team Manthey||Porsche||21 Laps|
|17||GTE Pro||J.Bergmeister, R.Lietz||Porsche Team Manthey||Porsche||21 Laps|
|18||GTE Pro||D.Rigon, J.Calado||AF Corse||Ferrari||22 Laps|
|19||GTE Pro||A.MacDowall, D.O’Young, F.Rees||Aston Martin Racing||Aston Martin||22 Laps|
|20||GTE Am||P.D.Lana, P.Lamy, C.Nygaard||Aston Martin Racing||Aston Martin||23 Laps|
|21||GTE Am||K.Poulsen, D.Hansson, R.Stanaway||Aston Martin Racing||Aston Martin||23 Laps|
|22||GTE Am||G.Roda, P.Ruberti, M.Cressoni||8 Star Motorsports||Ferrari||24 Laps|
|23||GTE Am||F.Perrodo, E.Collard, M.Vaxiviere||Prospeed Competition||Porsche||25 Laps|
|24||GTE Am||C.Ried, W.Henzler, K.Al Qubaisi||Proton Competition||Porsche||27 Laps|
|–||GTE Pro||D.Turner, S.Mucke||Aston Martin Racing||Aston Martin||Retirement|
|–||LMP2||M.Howson, R.Bradley, A.Imperatori||KCMG||Oreca/Nissan||Retirement|
|–||GTE Pro||G.Bruni, T.Vilander||AF Corse||Ferrari||Retirement|