november 19, 2018 - Toyota

Shanghai Success for TOYOTA GAZOO Racing

TOYOTA GAZOO #racing overcame challenging weather conditions in #China to win the 6 Hours of Shanghai, the fifth round of the 2018-19 FIA World #endurance Championship (WEC).

The #7 TS050 HYBRID crew of Mike Conway, Kamui Kobayashi and José María López won their second successive race, following victory at Fuji Speedway, to close the gap in the drivers' World Championship to five points with three races remaining.

Sébastien Buemi, Kazuki Nakajima and Fernando Alonso in the #8 TS050 HYBRID retain the World Championship lead following their second place, while #Toyota GAZOO #racing heads the teams' standings by 28 points as a result of its fourth one-two of the season.

On the day when #Toyota GAZOO #racing won the World Rally Championship manufacturers' title following victory on Rally Australia, changing and difficult weather conditions made for a challenging six hours for the #WEC team.

Morning rain forced a safety car start due to treacherous track conditions but even driving at reduced speed proved risky and soon an accident further down the field prompted a red flag, with the pole position #7 TS050 HYBRID leading from the #8 car.

A minor improvement in conditions allowed a short green flag period around 70 minutes after the start and during this José ran slightly wide in the #7 which allowed Sébastien to claim the lead for the #8, prior to another safety car and red flag sequence.

 


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