On board the Toyota TS030 HYBRID, Sebastien Buemi, Anthony Davidson and Stéphane Sarrazin took second place at the Six Hours of the Circuit of Americas in Austin, Texas, troubling considerably the Audis run and fighting for win to the end.
The Japanese marque bounced back in style following the setback of an early retirement in Interlagos this month, crossing the finishing line 23.617 seconds behind the Audi #2 shared by Loic Duval, Tom Kristensen and Allan McNish, who started from pole. The other Audi, led by Andre Lotterer, Marcel Fassler and Benoit Treluyer ended two laps down on third after some incidents.
Audi had the fastest car on track but the Toyota, who led the race, almost shocked the dominant force through its ability to double stint its tyres and shone with a better fuel consumption. That left the team fight for victory until the final pit-stop. That performance raises expectations for the next race as at home in Fuji Toyota will enter one more car.
Today was the first time we could really see the performance of our high-downforce specification in a race and I’m happy to have closed the gap. Particularly today I want to thank our drivers because the double stints were tough for them, especially Sebastien who did two of them.” Team President Yoshiaki Kinoshita was an happy man after the race.
8 – The number of events to contest next year, with the same circuits as in 2013. A slight difference would be that the season will end a fortnight earlier in Bahrain. A draft schedule has been unveiled in Austin.
Davidson didn’t stay around for long after the champagne ceremony on Sunday night. The British dashed home right after the race on a day where he became a father for the second time following the birth of his daughter. “Managed to video call to witness the arrival of my beautiful baby daughter this morning,” he said prior to the race. “Feeling pumped now!!”
6 Hours of Fuji, 20 October 2013
Pos Cl Drivers Team/Car Time/Gap
1. P1 Kristensen/Duval/McNish Audi 6h00m31.331s
2. P1 Davidson/Buemi/Sarrazin Toyota +23.617
3. P1 Lotterer/Treluyer/Fassler Audi +1 lap
4. P1 Prost/Heidfeld/Beche Rellion Lola-Toyota +4 laps
5. P2 Rusinov/Martin/Conway Delta-ADR ORECA-Nissan +9 laps
6. P2 Perez Companc/Minassian.Kaffer Pecom ORECA-Nissan +10 laps
7. P2 Holzer/Kraihamer/Charouz Lotus +13 laps
8. P2 Graves/Walker/Junco Delta-ADR ORECA-Nissan +14 laps
9. P2 Zugel/Dyson/Kimber-Smith Greaves Zytek-Nissan +15 laps
10. P2 Pla/Heinemeier Hansson/Brundle OAK Morgan-Nissan +15 laps
11. P2 Baguette/Gonzalez/Plowman OAK Morgan-Nissan +17 laps
12. GTE P Senna/Makowiecki Aston Martin +20 laps
13. GTE P Bruni/Fisichella AF Ferrari +20 laps
14. GTE P Kobayashi/Vilander AF Ferrari +20 laps
15. GTE P Lieb/Lietz Manthey Porsche +20 laps
16. GTE A Hall/Campbell-Walter Aston Martin +22 laps
17. GTE A Nygaard/Poulsen/Thiim Aston Martin +22 laps
18. GTE A Narac/Vernay ImsaPorsche +22 laps
19. GTE A Potolicchio/Aguas/Malucelli 8Star Ferrari +23 laps
20. GTE P Bergmeister/Pilet Manthey Porsche +24 laps
21. GTE A Ried/Roda/Ruberti Proton Porsche +24 laps
22. GTE A Bornhauser/Canal/Rees Larbre Corvette +24 laps
23. GTE A Gerber/Griffin/Cioci AF Ferrari +25 laps
24. GTE A Krohn/Jonsson/Mediani Krohn Ferrari +31 laps
25. P2 Nicolet/Merlin/Maris OAK Morgan-Nissan +39 laps