Toyota survived a messy start to the Six Hours of Fuji to chase down Porsche Penske and take a home one-two finish in Japan.Kamui Kobayashi, Jose Maria Lopez and Mike Conway won at Toyota’s home round ahead of team mates Brendon Hartley, Ryo Hirakawa and Sebastien Buemi finishing second to complete the one-two.
With the two Toyotas on the front row, there was a major rush to the first corner with Mike Conway leading the field in the number seven car and the sister number eight alongside him. But Laurens Vanthoor in the number six Porsche Penske got a good slipstream on the leader and pulled to the inside of Conway. As they all braked for the first turn, most of the Hypercars ran off the track, including the two Toyotas, with the number six Porsche Penske emerging in the lead ahead of the number 50 Ferrari and Conway in the number seven Toyota.
The number five Porsche Penske suffered a puncture after contact from the number 51 Ferrari at the first corner. Fortunately for its drivers, the Safety Car was deployed on the first lap for a GTE AM car stuck in the gravel at turn one. At the restart, Conway tried to take second from Molina at the chicane but was shoved onto the grass, losing a place to the second Ferrari of James Calado.
Conway eventually passed Calado for third and later overtook Molina for second down the straight for second with an aggressive move into turn one. Ahead, the number six Porsche Penske continued to lead for well over the first half of the race, but when Kevin Estre took over the car, Jose Maria Lopez in the number seven Toyota began to put the pressure on the leader, as Ryo Hirakawa in the number eight Toyota caught up to its sister car.
With just over two hours remaining, the two Toyotas swapped positions with Hirakawa moving into second and then the lead as he dived past at the chicane. Estre then brought the Porsche Penske into the pits to hand over to Andre Lotterer, with both Toyotas resuming ahead of him after their next stops, as Brendon Hartley and Kobayashi took over their respective cars.
Kobayashi in the number seven Toyota caught up to Hartley, who was instructed to allow his team principal through into the lead. Kobayashi extended his lead over the final 90 minutes of the race and comfortably secured the number seven crew’s fourth win of the season. Hartley crossed the line almost 40 seconds behind in second, with the number six Porsche Penske completing the podium, the only car on the lead lap with the Toyotas.
The two Ferraris of number 50 and 51 finished fourth and fifth, respectively, ahead of the Jota Porsche in six. The two Peugeots of number 94 and number 93 finished seventh and eighth, ahead of the Proton Porsche ninth and the sole Cadillac of car number two tenth.
Toyota’s victory secured them the manufacturer’s championship having won every race of the season aside from the biggest prize, the Le Mans 24 Hours, which was claimed by Ferrari. In the other classes, WRT won in LMP2 with car number 41 with Robert Kubica crossing the line first, while AF Corse number 54 took the honours in GTE AM.
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|1||7||Hypercar (H)||Toyota Gazoo Racing||Toyota GR010||Mike Conway/Kamui Kobayashi/Jose Maria Lopez||229|
|2||8||Hypercar (H)||Toyota Gazoo Racing||Toyota GR010||Sebastien Buemi/Brendon Hartley/Ryo Hirakawa||229|
|3||6||Hypercar (H)||Porsche Penske Motorsport||Porsche 963||Kevin Estre/Andre Lotterer/Laurens Vanthoor||229|
|4||50||Hypercar (H)||Ferrari AF Corse||Ferrari 499P||Antonio Fuoco/Miguel Molina/Nicklas Nielsen||228|
|5||51||Hypercar (H)||Ferrari AF Corse||Ferrari 499P||Alessandro Pier Guidi/James Calado/Antonio Giovinazzi||228|
|6||38||Hypercar (H)||Hertz Team JOTA||Porsche 963||Antonio Felix Da Costa/Will Stevens/Yifei Ye||228|
|7||94||Hypercar (H)||Peugeot Totalenergies||Peugeot 9X8||Loic Duval/Gustavo Menezes/Nico Mueller||228|
|8||93||Hypercar (H)||Peugeot Totalenergies||Peugeot 9X8||Paul di Resta/Mikkel Jensen/Jean-Eric Vergne||226|
|9||99||Hypercar (H)||Proton Competition||Porsche 963||Gianmaria Bruni/Harry Tincknell/Neel Jani||221|
|10||2||Hypercar (H)||Cadillac Racing||Cadillac V-Series.R||Earl Bamber/Alex Lynn/Richard Westbrook||219|
|11||41||LMP2||Team WRT||Oreca 07 – Gibson||Rui Andrade/Louis Deletraz/Robert Kubica||219|
|12||22||LMP2||United Autosports||Oreca 07 – Gibson||Philip Hanson/Ben Hanley/Frederick Lubin||218|
|13||31||LMP2||Team WRT||Oreca 07 – Gibson||Sean Gelael/Ferdinand Habsburg/Robin Frijns||218|
|14||23||LMP2||United Autosports||Oreca 07 – Gibson||Joshua Pierson/Giedo van der Garde/Oliver Jarvis||218|
|15||36||LMP2||Alpine Elf Team||Oreca 07 – Gibson||Matthieu Vaxiviere/Charles Milesi/Julienal Canal||218|
|16||28||LMP2||JOTA||Oreca 07 – Gibson||David Heinemeier Hansson/Oliver Rasmussen/Pietro Fittipaldi||218|
|17||10||LMP2||Vector Sport||Oreca 07 – Gibson||Ryan Cullen/Gabriel Aubry/Matthias Kaiser||217|
|18||9||LMP2||Prema Racing||Oreca 07 – Gibson||Bent Viscaal/Juan Manuel Correa/Andrea Caldarelli||217|
|19||34||LMP2||Inter Europol Competition||Oreca 07 – Gibson||Jakub Smiechowski/Albert Costa/Fabio Scherer||217|
|20||63||LMP2||Prema Racing||Oreca 07 – Gibson||Doriane Pin/Daniil Kvyat/Mathias Beche||216|
|21||35||LMP2||Alpine Elf Team||Oreca 07 – Gibson||Andre Negrão/Olli Caldwell/Memo Rojas||216|
|22||4||Hypercar||Floyd Vanwall Racing Team||Vanwall Vandervell 680||Esteban Guerrieri/Tristan Vautier/Joao Paulo de OIiveira||211|
|23||54||LMGTE Am||AF Corse||Ferrari 488 GTE Evo||Thomas Flohr/Francesco Castellacci/Davide Rigon||210|
|24||57||LMGTE Am||Kessel Racing||Ferrari 488 GTE Evo||Takeshi Kimura/Scott Huffaker/Kei Cozzolino||210|
|25||33||LMGTE Am||Corvette Racing||Chevrolet Corvette C8.R||Nicky Catsburg/Ben Keating/Nicolas Varrone||210|
|26||85||LMGTE Am||Iron Dames||Porsche 911 RSR-19||Sarah Bovy/Michelle Gatting/Rahel Frey||210|
|27||56||LMGTE Am||Project 1 – AO||Porsche 911 RSR-19||Efrin Castro/Guilherme Oliveira/Matteo Cairoli||210|
|28||77||LMGTE Am||Dempsey-Proton Racing||Porsche 911 RSR-19||Christian Ried/Mikkel Pedersen/Julien Andlauer||210|
|29||98||LMGTE Am||Northwest AMR||Aston Martin Vantage AMR||Ian James/Daniel Mancinelli/Alex Riberas||210|
|30||86||LMGTE Am||GR Racing||Porsche 911 RSR-19||Michael Wainwright/Benjamin Barker/Riccardo Pera||210|
|31||83||LMGTE Am||Richard Mille AF Corse||Ferrari 488 GTE Evo||Luis Perez Companc/Alessio Rovera/Lilou Wadoux||209|
|32||777||LMGTE Am||D’Station Racing||Aston Martin Vantage AMR||Satoshi Hoshino/Casper Stevenson/Tomonobu Fujii||209|
|33||60||LMGTE Am||Iron Lynx||Porsche 911 RSR-19||Claudio Schiavoni/Matteo Cressoni/Alessio Picariello||209|
|34||21||LMGTE Am||AF Corse||Ferrari 488 GTE Evo||Simon Mann/Julien Piguet/Ulysse de Pauw||208|
|35||25||LMGTE Am||ORT by TF||Aston Martin Vantage AMR||Ahmad Al Harthy/Michael Dinan/Charlie Eastwood||206|
|36||5||Hypercar (H)||Porsche Penske Motorsport||Porsche 963||Dane Cameron/Michael Christensen/Frederic Makowiecki||185|
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World Endurance Championship
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