Davidson and Buemi master Fuji
Toyota remains undefeated in Fuji after winning 2014 event one lap clear ahead of the competition. The TS040 HYBRID of Anthony Davidson and Sébastien Buemi outpaced team mates Stéphane Sarrazin, Alexander Wurz and Kazuki Nakajima. Audi failed to make the podium.
Heavy rain marred Toyota’s celebrations last year with a race behind the safety car, dry though cool conditions suited N.8 of Buemi and Davidson who started from pole position this time. After a few hiccups at the start, the Swiss managed to regain the lead and was closely followed by his team mate Nakajima who skipped Porsche N20 with Brendon Hartley, Mark Webber and Timo Bernhard at the wheel.
The two Japanese prototypes broke clear in strong double stint from Davidson and Sarrazin, who offered a one-lap cushion to their team.
The rest was all about taking care of this advantage to opposition already turned to the fight for last step of the podium.
8 points – With his double in Fuji, Toyota has taken the top spot in the Manufacturers standings to Audi, now eight points adrift, with three races remaining.
“The first lap was a little crazy!” Sébastien Buemi’s main worries of the day came when the lights went off slipping from first to third place before retaking the lead in the same lap.
Fuji is really a lucky charm for Toyota who is unbeaten on this track after his third victory. While No. 7 won in 2012 and 2013, it gave way to the No. 8 this year.
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