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6 hours of Fuji: Toyota take damp win12.02.2014

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humOn board of the Toyota TS030 HYBRID N.7, Alex Wurz, Nicolas Lapierre and Kazuki Nakajima won the Fuji 6 Hours, a race curtailed by heavy and continuous rainfalls flooding the Japanese track.

The facts
It’s probably not the way Toyota aimed to retain the title won in Fuji last year, but the skies had other idea. Torrential rains prompted two red flags and there was no third interruption as worsening weather conditions and deteriorating light forced to abandon the 6th race of the season after 3:46 and only 16 laps run behind the Safety Car. The Audi R18 # 2 (Tom Kristensen, Allan McNish and Loic Duval) took the second place.
Third on the grid, the N. 7 took advantage of mechanical and technical glitches hitting the two cars in front, the N.1 Audi of Andre Lotterer, Marcel Fassler and Benoit Treluyer, and the N. 8 Toyota of Anthony Davidson, Sébastien Buemi and Stephane Sarrazin, to sit right behind the Safety Car.

The quote
“Everyone is happy when Christmas arrives and today it came early for us.” Wurz was fully aware that Toyota’s fourth win in the WEC was a kind of present. “It is really disappointing for the fans but it was the right decision. The (24,000) fans waited a long time but nobody wants to see anyone getting hurt. We race hard but we all have to respect nature and today there was nothing we could do,” Austrian added.

The number
0.178 secs – The gap after qualifying, on Saturday, the ‘real’
competitive day, between the N.1 Audi and the N.8 Toyota. It shows how close cars are in performance. The day after, the team on pole had to wtop three time due to airbox issues. The N.8 had to start from the pitlane after missing the pit exit closure time.

The stories
• Toyota confirmed they will line up two cars for the next event
in Shanghai. No decision has been made for Bahrain.
• Audi, second in Fuji, ensured the Manufacturers crown. Drivers
titles is not decided yet.
• Nissan unveiled their Le Mans 2014 prototype, the ZEOD, an
LMP1 with a deltawing shape.

Next up
Shanghai Six Hours, 30 Novembre 2013

Classification
Pos Cl Drivers Team/Car Time/Gap
1. P1 Wurz/Lapierre/Nakajima Toyota 2h56m05.785s
2. P1 Kristensen/Duval/McNish Audi +1.901s
3. P1 Belicchi/Beche Rebellion Lola-Toyota +1.971s
4. P2 Baguette/Gonzalez/Plowman OAK Morgan-Nissan +2.259s
5. P2 Rusinov/Martin/Conway Delta-ADR ORECA-Nissan +2.093s
6. P2 Hiranaka/Ueda/Wirdheim Greaves Zytek-Nissan +2.831s
7. P2 Pla/Heinemeier Hansson/Brundle OAK Morgan-Nissan +12.834s
8. P2 Graves/Walker/Nakano Delta-ADR ORECA-Nissan +15.323s
9. P2 Bradley/Koizumi/Matsuda KCMG Morgan-Nissan +19.569s
10. P2 Perez Companc/Minassian/Kaffer Pecom ORECA-Nissan +21.494s

13. GTE P Turner/Mucke/Makowiecki Aston Martin +38.900s

12.02.2014