It was a very popular win at the Fuji track when Round 7 of the FIA World Endurance Championship was run at the Japanese track.
Toyota #6 with Stephane Sarrazin, Kamui Kobayashi and Mike Conway grabbed victory just 1,5 seconds ahead of Audi #8, and Porsche #1 in 3rd position. This victory was Toyota’s first since 2014 – the season where they won the championship.
Rebellion Racing #13 won the race among the LMP1 privateer teams, while Bykolles Racing Team had to retire with technical difficulties after 2 hours of the 6 hours race.
In LMP2 we saw G-Drive Racing #26 with Alex Brundle Roman Rusinov and Will Stevens take the cars first victory of the season, when they beat RGR Sport by Morand #43 and Signatech Alpine #36.
In GTE Pro we saw victory for Ford Chip Ganassi Racing Team UK #67 with Andy Priaulx and Harry Tincknell, which was their first win, as well as Ford’s since Le Mans. The sister car #66 took 3nd ahead of AF Corse Ferrari #51.
Aston Martin Racing #98 with Paul Dalla Lana, Pedro Lamy and Mathias Lauda won GTE-Am ahead of AF Corse Ferrari #83 and KCMG Porsche #78.
The results throughout the weekend means that all championships, except one, have moved closer together.
Rebellion Racing #13 has won the Privateer Championship in LMP1, since Bykolles Racing Team now longer can reach them. Now the question is if Bykolles can catch Rebellion Racing #12, who is still in front of them with 38 points, and just 50 points to race for. ByKolles have to win both of the last 2 races – otherwise Rebellion will have a 1-2 in the championship, even when the #12 hasn’t participated in the Nürburgring in July!
In LMP1 we saw Toyota #6 move into 2nd while Porsche #2 is still leading the championship. Audi #8 are currently in P3. But with only 28,5 points between the 3 teams, nothing is decided yet.
RGR Sport by Morand got a slight step closer to championship leaders Signatech Alpine #36, while Roman Rusinov has consolidated himself on 3rd. Both his teammates hasn’t competed full season so he is sole driver to keep the G-Drive Racing #26 flag high in the championship standings.
Aston Martin Racing #95 still leads in GTE-Pro, even though they only finished 5th in yesterdays race. To their luck, their closest rivals in AF Corse #71 only finished right ahead of them in 4th. Darren Turner is still in 3rd as lone wolf, having switched a bit between the two Aston Martin cars.
AF Corse #83 has a very nice lead in GTE-Am. They have a 33 points lead ahead of Aston Martin Racing #98, who caught up 7 points on them this weekend. Abu Dhabi-Proton Racing Porsche #88 are in 3rd.
The next Round will be held at the Formula 1 track in Shanghai on November 6th.