TOYOTA GAZOO Racing claims its third win at the Spa-Francorchamps circuit in Belgium
Toyota has started the 2018 FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) season with a one-two victory in the Total 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps. Sébastien Buemi and Kazuki Nakajima won the race for the second successive year in the #8 TS050 Hybrid Electric Vehicle (HEV) they share with newcomer Fernando Alonso, who enjoyed victory at Spa for the first time since an International Formula 3000 triumph 18 years ago.
The #7 TS050 Hybrid Electric Vehicle of Mike Conway, Kamui Kobayashi, and José María López completed a remarkable comeback by finishing second, just 1.444 seconds behind, despite starting one lap down from the pit lane due to a qualifying penalty.
The result marks Toyota’s 17th win from 49 WEC races and its third at Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps. Toyota, therefore, leads both the teams’ and drivers’ World Championships going into the Le Mans 24 Hours on 16 and 17 June.
“We are very proud of our teams’ performance in the 2018 WEC at Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps. Securing the top two positions in this highly competitive race proves the efficiency and performance of our Hybrid Electric vehicles as part of Toyota’s mission to make ever-better cars,” said Yugo Miyamoto, Chief Representative, Middle East and North Africa Representative Office, Toyota Motor Corporation. “Toyota has been pioneering hybrid electric technology for more than 20 years delivering not only great fuel efficiency and low carbon emissions but also an engaging driving experience, and seamless fun and exhilaration for the driver. We appreciate and thank our fans for their continuous support and look forward to stepping up the excitement levels in the races to come.”