Toyota secure one-two at Spa

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The #8 Toy­ota Gazoo Rac­ing TS050 won the Six Hours of Spa-Fran­cor­champs after an impres­sive show­ing at the sec­ond round of the 2017 FIA World Endurance Cham­pi­onship. After engag­ing in a race-long bat­tle with the #2 Porsche 919 Hybrid of Bren­don Hart­ley, Earl Bam­ber and Timo Bern­hard, the #8 took a deci­sive lead in the final hour after New Zealan­der Hart­ley made con­tact with an LMP2 car with 90 min­utes of the race remain­ing and was forced to pit ear­ly for repairs. In sec­ond posi­tion was the #7 Toy­ota of Kamui Kobayashi and Mike Con­way, while the #2 Porsche fin­ished in third place.

LMP2 was won rel­a­tive­ly com­fort­ably by the #26 G-Dri­ve Rac­ing Ore­ca of Roman Rusi­nov, Alex Lynn and Pierre Thiri­et after a trou­ble-free run for the Russ­ian-entered car. Bruno Sen­na, Nico­las Prost and Julien Canal fin­ished sec­ond for Vail­lante Rebel­lion, with Sen­na catch­ing and pass­ing Ho-Ping Tung in the #38 Jack­ie Chan DC Rac­ing car with just 30 min­utes of the race remain­ing.

In GTE Pro, the hon­ours went to Sam Bird and Davide Rigon in the #71 AF Corse Fer­rari, just a hand­ful of sec­onds ahead of the sis­ter #51 machine of James Cal­a­do and Alessan­dro Pier Gui­di. The Fer­raris were fol­lowed home by the pair of Fords, who had deliv­ered a fan­tas­tic scrap for the class lead through­out the ear­ly stages of the race.

Pedro Lamy, Matthias Lau­da and Paul Dal­la Lana made up for Aston Martin’s poor show­ing in GTE Pro (7th and 8th) with vic­to­ry in the GTE Am class after start­ing from pole. The #98 car was the class of the field in Bel­gium, but the #77 Dempsey-Pro­ton Porsche of Mat­teo Cairoli, Chris­t­ian Ried and Mar­vin Dienst put up an impres­sive fight, fin­ish­ing just under half a minute back.


Images © WEC-Mag­a­zin / Wal­ter Schruff