Dominating the 6 hours of Shanghai on Sunday, Toyota Gazoo Racing claimed their fourth win of the 2017 FIA World Endurance Championship on a day peppered with frustrations.
Anthony Davidson, Sébastien Buemi and Kazuki Nakajima stormed the No8 TS050 Hybrid home over a lap clear of their nearest challengers, in addition setting the fastest lap of the race and securing Toyota’s third win at the Shanghai circuit.
The Gazoo team looked on the way to a second consecutive one-two result, only for the No7 car of Mike Conway, Kamui Kobayashi and José María López to then suffer from damage due to a collision later in the race. This cost them 13 minutes in the pits in repairs, finishing eventually in fourth place.
Davidson said: “The car was great. We struggled a bit compared to the No7 in qualifying but we had the best car in the race. I want to say thanks to our car crew because we had the right strategy and strong pit stops. It gave us the platform to win today.”
This fantastic result means Toyota and Porsche go into the race finale of the year, in Bahrain on 18 November, level on four race wins each. Both titles are already decided, however, with Porsche named champion manufacturer and drivers Timo Bernhard, Earl Bamber and Brendon Hartley now established as the world champion drivers.