Toyota reigns in Belgium

A fortnight after its double in Silverstone’s opening race, Toyota
enjoyed a repeat putting again their two TS040 Hybrid on the podium in
Spa-Francorchamps, as an Audi finished second.


The facts

Starting from pole, the Porsche 919 Hybrid #14 (Romain Dumas-Neil Jani-Marc
Lieb) made the most of their good start, still leading after the first
hour. However, an electric failure cost them dear. With two laps
completed slowly, the Toyota #8 with Anthony Davidson, Sebastien Buemi
and Nicolas Lapierre at the wheel, already winners at Silverstone, took
full benefit from the situation as the lead chequered flag for a
resounding back-to-back success.

The TS040 Hybrid #7 (Kazuki Nakajima-Stephane Sarrazin-Alexander Wurz)
fought during the second half of the race hard with the Audi R18 e-tron
quattro #1 (Lucas di Grassi-Loic Duval-Tom Kristensen) for the second
spot, but finally lost this battle. After a double retirement in Great
Britain, the four rings marque seem back on form on time as Le Mans
looms. The main event of the WEC season, next month, is set to be a

The number

171 – The Toyotas and Audi #1, the three cars which finished on the podium,
completed 171 laps each, three more than the Audis who achieved a 1-2-3
in 2013.

The story

Nicolas Lapierre won his sixth WEC (World Endurance Championship) race since
2012. He now shares the record with the three Audi #2 drivers (Benoît
Treluyer, Andre Lotterer et Marcel Fässler), who were already six-time

The quote

“The beginning of the race was very tough for us but it became easier when
the Porsche had some troubles”, Lapierre had a realistic approach after
his win.

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