Toyota GAZOO Racing Wins at Silverstone

Toyota GAZOO Racing Wins at Silverstone

Sunday 30 April 2017

In a race defined by several rain showers, the #8 TS050 Hybrid of Sébastien Buemi, Anthony Davidson and Kazuki Nakajima earned victory inside the final 15 minutes in front of 50,200 spectators (weekend figure). As well as the usual winners' trophies, the #8 crew also claimed the Royal Automobile Club International Tourist Trophy, first awarded in 1905 and won by motorsport legends such as Tazio Nuvolari, Graham Hill and Stirling Moss. The pole-sitting #7 TS050 Hybrid of Mike Conway, Kamui Kobayashi and José María López set the fastest lap of the race but lost over an hour due to an accident and finished 23rd. José María visited the circuit medical centre and then travelled to hospital for a precautionary scan which confirmed he suffered no injuries. Although the race started in cool, dry conditions and the two Toyotas ran in first and second, the weather soon intervened; after 45 minutes a shower struck and light rain fell intermittently after that. The team now prepares for the second round of the season, the 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium, the final race before the Le Mans 24 Hours. Spa will mark the first time Toyota has entered three hybrid-powered LMP1 cars, with Stéphane Sarrazin, Yuji Kunimoto and Nicolas Lapierre competing in the #9 TS050 Hybrid. Toshio Sato, Team President "This has been a dramatic race but the first priority is José María and we are all relieved that he is okay after the accident. Despite our strong performance in qualifying, we knew that Porsche would be a much tougher opponent in the race. The whole team performed well and fought right until the chequered flag. Of course it is disappointing not to have two cars on the podium but I am proud of the team for their determination and fighting spirit today, particularly the mechanics who worked so quickly to get the #7 car back on track. Overall I am satisfied with our high-downforce TS050 Hybrid, which showed strong performance throughout this week. Now we need to fine-tune our package for Spa-Francorchamps when we look forward to again fighting closely with Porsche at the front." 6 Hours of Silverstone results 1st #8 Toyota GAZOO Racing197 laps 2nd #2 Porsche (Bernhard / Bamber / Hartley)+6.173secs 3rd #1 Porsche (Jani / Lotterer / Tandy)+46.956secs 4th #38 DC Racing (Tung / Jarvis / Laurent)+13 laps 5th #31 Rebellion (Canal / Prost / Senna)+13 laps 6th #28 TDS (Perrodo / Vaxiviere / Collard)+14 laps 23rd #7 Toyota GAZOO Racing+38 laps

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