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Race of Silverstone22.04.2014

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Toyota at the double in Silverstone

Toyota launched its 2014 season in style putting their two TS040 HYBRID ont top of the Silverstone Six Hours as both Audis retired early.

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The facts

Toyota found itself in a great position after champions Audi withdrew. The R18 #1, then driven by Lucas Di Grassi, in the first hour, and the #2 with Benoit Treluyer at the wheel just after halfway, none of them finished this opening race.

The TS040 HYBRID then fought Porsche. Only one of the Stuttgart cars would take the chequered flag, the #20 (Brendon Hartley-Timo Bernhard-Mark Webber) ending up third, two laps behind the Toyota #8 (Sébastien Buemi-Anthony Davidson-Nicolas Lapierre), winner by one lap over the #7 (Kazuki Nakajima-Stéphane Sarrazin, Alexander Wurz). The difference has been made when the rain started to fall and the intermediates were put on #8, the full wets on #7.

The number

5 – Toyota #7 (Wurz, Sarrazin, Nakajima) claimed pole on Saturday for five thousandths of seconds in front of Audi #1 (Lucas di Grassi, Loïc Duval, Tim Kristensen).

The story

Heavy rains forced the race direction to bring a premature end to the race over safety reasons in the middle of the final hour.

The quote

“It was really tricky at the end; I think the race director made the correct decision to stop the race.” Buemi was driving when the race went to an end, an appropriate call for the Swiss.

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22.04.2014