As the clock strikes midnight local time at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, Mike Conway leads in the #7 Toyota Gazoo Racing car by over 30 seconds from the sister #8 entry, currently driven by Sébastien Buemi. Buemi had started the hour closing in on Kamui Kobayashi before an unfavourable slow zone caused by the stricken #17 SMP Racing of Matevos Isaakyan near the Porsche Curves put a halt to his charge. Isaakyan’s high-speed crash at the end of the eighth hour was thought to be a result of rear suspension failure. After 30 minutes of inspection by both Isaakyan and the marshals, the 20-year-old managed to restart the car before it caught fire spectacularly just yards later, putting an emphatic end to a race that looked so encouraging for the Russian backed privateers. The demise of Isaakyan promoted Thomas Laurent and André Lotterer to third and fourth in the #3 and #1 Rebellion Racing cars respectively, three and four laps down in the leading Toyota. Laurent was subject to a … [Read more...] about 2018 24 Hours of Le Mans – Hour 9 update – Isaakyan and SMP’s brave battle ends
Première participation en WEC. Première victoire ! B.D., Spa-Francorchamps – Après les deux frayeurs consécutives vécues par Kazuki Nakajima alors qu'il venait de prendre le relais de Fernando Alonso, la Toyota #8 a repris sa marche en avant en tête des 6 Heures de Spa. La deuxième partie de course s'annonçait plus facile à gérer puisque Kamui Kobayashi a validé la remontée de la voiture sœur en l'installant en deuxième position peu après la mi-course. De quoi préserver un peu mieux les intérêts de l'équipe. Les deux TS050 Hybrid sont alors entrées dans une phase de course moins mouvementée, qui leur a permis de dérouler et de construire l'écart attendu compte tenu des performances des prototypes hybrides. On retiendra toutefois qu'avec les divers incidents, il aura fallu attendre près de quatre heures de … [Read more...] about Alonso s’impose à Spa avec Toyota !
A victory for Fernando Alonso has been a long time coming. The Spanish double F1 world champion, along with team-mates Sebastien Buemi and Kazuki Nakajima, took victory at the season-opening round of the 2018/2019 World Endurance Championship (WEC) Super Season - the 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps. Alonso, and the No.8 crew in their Toyota TS050 Hybrid won the race, having started on pole after the sister TS050 was excluded from qualifying. However, the No.7 car, with Mike Conway, Kamui Kobayashi and Jose Maria Lopez behind the wheel finished second, giving Toyota a fine one-two finish. The No.7 Toyota had its work cut out for it, made easier by the fact that there were three Safety Car periods and some laps of the race run under a full course "yellow". This helped them move up the order, and climb back into the lead lap after 90 minutes. Add to that the fact that the No.8 crew needed to make an extra pitstop with Kazuki Nakajima behind the wheel to rectify the fact that he was not … [Read more...] about WEC 2018: Victory for Alonso and No.8 Toyota Hybrid crew at 6 Hours of Spa
In a dramatic and eventful six-hour opener, Fernando Alonso, Sebastien Buemi and Kazuki Nakajima stormed to a lights to flag victory. Their only challenge over the endurance event came in the final hour of the race, from Mike Conway in the sister Toyota Gazoo Racing. It was also a dominant class win for 24 Hours of Le Mans entry, #26 G-Drive Racing. Following suit of the LMP1 winners, they held class lead for most of the race. The GTE classes threw up the most intense battles, with #66 Ford Chip Ganassi Team UK and the #98 Aston Martin Racing claiming glory in the Pro and Am classes respectively. Three safety cars and some full course yellows underlined the drama of the first race in the 2018-19 FIA World Endurance Championship. From the off, there was a collision that forced the race under the safety car within the first lap. Buemi held his position in front of the two Rebellion Racing challengers, but it was Giedo Van Der Garde who had an excellent start, promoting the … [Read more...] about Alonso, Buemi, Nakajima and Toyota take First Victory of WEC Super Season
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