Toyota take Six Hours of Silverstone victory

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The #8 Toy­ota of Antho­ny David­son, Kazu­ki Naka­ji­ma and Sebas­t­ian Bue­mi has start­ed the sea­son with a win. How­ev­er after the Japan­ese brand was con­fi­dent head­ing into the race, Porsche was too close for com­fort.

The race was won by Sebas­t­ian Bue­mi in the last 20 min­utes as he over­took Bren­don Hart­ley on his new­er tyres. The gap at the line was six sec­onds between the win­ning #8 TS050 Hybrid and the sec­ond place #2 Porsche of Timo Bern­hard, Bren­don Hart­ley and Earl Bam­ber. Porsche’s #1 car of Nick Tandy, Andre Lot­ter­er and Neel Jani com­plet­ed the podi­um.

In win­ning the six hours of Sil­ver­stone, the #8 crew also won the tourist tro­phy, which is the longest award­ed tro­phy in motor­sport. David­son and Bue­mi man­aged to get their names on the tro­phy for a sec­ond time after their 2014 win, how­ev­er Naka­ji­ma became the first Japan­ese dri­ver to win the tro­phy with today’s result.

Toyota’s #7 car faced a more ill fat­ed race after start­ing from pole posi­tion. Jose Maria Lopez hit the wall at Copse cor­ner dur­ing his first stint which heav­i­ly dam­aged the car. The Argen­tine did man­age to get the TS050 back to the pits, how­ev­er it’s result was only good enough for fourth in LMP1. The ByKolles had an acci­dent in the final hour while head­ing into the pit lane with James Rossiter at the wheel.

LMP2 was won by the Jack­ie Chan DC Rac­ing car of Ho-pin Tung, Thomas Lau­rent and Audi refugee Oliv­er Jarvis, who becomes the first dri­ver to win back to back races in LMP1 and LMP2 since Nick Tandy at Le Mans and Nur­bur­gring in 2015. The #31 Rebel­lion of Nico­las Prost, Bruno Sen­na and Julian Canal took Rebel­lion to sec­ond in class on their LMP2 debut. G-Dri­ve rac­ing round­ed out the class podi­um.

Despite issues with the pas­sen­ger side door open­ing on track for the #67 Ford GT book­mark­ing the race, Har­ry Tinck­nell held on to cross the line the first of the GTE-Pro cars secur­ing a win after a dom­i­nant qual­i­fy­ing yes­ter­day for his team mates Andy Pri­aulx and Pipo Derani. The lat­ter of which there­fore win­ning on his GTE debut in the WEC. The #51 AF Corse Fer­rari 488 came home sec­ond with James Cal­a­do and Alessan­dro Pier Gui­di behind the wheel. The podi­um was com­plet­ed by the sole sur­viv­ing Porsche 911 of Richard Lietz and Micheal Chris­tensen. The sis­ter #92 car was the first retire­ment of the race after catch­ing fire at mid race dis­tance at Luffield.

GTE-Am was anyone’s right up until Stowe cor­ner on the last lap. Miguel Moli­na and Pedro Lamy were dic­ing for the lead when they made con­tact on the last lap allow­ing Matt Grif­fin to slip past the pair of them to take the class lead with three cor­ners to spare for Clear­wa­ter Rac­ing. Lamy recov­ered the #98 Aston Mar­tin to sec­ond posi­tion how­ev­er Moli­na end­ed the race there and then in the grav­el at Stowe, there­fore becom­ing a non-fin­ish­er despite run­ning for six hours. This allowed Mat­teo Cairoli to jump up to the podi­um in the #77 Dempsey-Pro­ton Porsche. His team mates Chris­t­ian Reid and Mar­vin Dienst joined him on the podi­um.

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