No third driver? No problem.
The pairing of Anthony Davidson and Sebastien Buemi led a dominant 1-2 for Toyota Racing in the fifth round of the 2014 FIA World Endurance Championship at Fuji Speedway in Japan, a crucial win on home soil for the Toyota TS040 Hybrid.
The No. 8 car ran with just a two-driver lineup this weekend as Nicolas Lapierre missed the race for personal reasons.
Davidson and Buemi, the World Championship leaders heading into the weekend, added to their lead with a commanding victory by 25.627 seconds over the No. 7 team car driven by Kazuki Nakajima, Alexander Wurz and Stephane Sarrazin.
Porsche’s No. 20 of Timo Bernhard, Mark Webber and Brendon Hartley made it to the podium for the second time this season.
This is the third win for the No. 8 this season (Silverstone, Spa) and the third straight for Toyota at Fuji; the No. 7 car won in both 2012 and 2013, albeit last year’s was substantially rain-shortened.
G-Drive Racing took the LMP2 class win, the first for Ligier JS P2 Nissan, with drivers Olivier Pla, Roman Rusinov and Julien Canal. Rebellion Racing’s No. 13 Rebellion R-One Toyota took the LMP1-L win.
Ferrari and Aston Martin matched Toyota’s 1-2 punch in the GTE classes. AF Corse’s No. 51 (Gianmaria Bruni, Toni Vilander) led home the sister No. 71 Ferrari F458 Italia (James Calado, Davide Rigon) in GTE-Pro with Aston Martin Racing’s “Dane Train” No. 95 Vantage of David Heinemeier Hansson, Nicki Thiim and Kristian Poulsen scoring its third win over the sister No. 98 (Pedro Lamy, Paul Dalla Lana, Christoffer Nygaard).
Next up for the series is Shanghai on November 2.