Toyota Racing launched their 2013 campaign with taking the front row on Saturday at Silverstone 6 Hours and a podium in the race on Sunday for the No. 8 led by Anthony Davidson, Stéphane Sarrazin and Sebastien Buemi.
With their R18 e-tron, Audi got few trouble to take a one-two win. The Toyotas TS030 HYBRID ended up one lap further and were left only the new qualification format to shine as their the #7 proved the fastest with Alex Wurz and Nicolas Lapierre, closely followed by the #8. During the race, those positions were swapped and #7 got a strong race to podium finish.
5 minutes : the time remaining on the clock circuit when Allan McNish snatched the lead to his teammate Benoît Treluyer in Brooklands, having closed a 30-seconds gap in the previous 30 minutes.
“That was a tough race and one of the harder podiums of my career.” Exhausted at finish, due to changing weather and tyre problems, Anthony Davidson savoured a deserved third place.
Toyota lined up two 2012-spec versions of their car. The new car hit the track during the next race in Spa. “We are more eager than ever to see what it can do at Spa next time” said team president Yoshiaki Kinoshita.
To be continued
6 Hours of Spa (Belgium), 3-4 May
1. P1 Kristensen/Duval/Mcnish Audi 197 laps
2. P1 Lotterer/Treluyer/Fassler Audi + 3.462s
3. P1 Davidson/Buemi/Sarrazin Toyota + 1 lap
4. P1 Wurz/Lapierre Toyota + 1 lap
5. P1 Prost/Jani/Heidfeld Rebellion Lola-Toyota + 4 laps
6. P1 Belicchi/Beche/Cheng Rebellion Lola-Toyota + 7 laps
7. P2 Graves/Pizzonia/Walker Delta-ADR ORECA-Nissan + 13 laps
8. P2 Pla/Heinemeier Hansson/Brundle OAK Morgan-Nissan + 14 laps
9. P2 Dyson/Marsal/Kimber-Smith Greaves Zytek-Nissan + 18 laps
10. P2 Perez Companc/Minassian/Kaffer Pecom ORECA-Nissan + 18 laps