Toyota GAZOO Racing Wins 6 Hours of Fuji for the Seventh Time in Eight Years
Amman, November 2019: The GAZOO Racing (GR) team has maintained its perfect record in the 2019-2020 FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) season with a one-two victory on home ground during the 6 Hours of Fuji. The reigning World Champions won at Fuji Speedway for the seventh time in eight years - with the No. 8 TS050 Hybrid Electric Vehicle (HEV) driven by Sébastien Buemi, Kazuki Nakajima and Brendon Hartley earning victory from pole position. Mike Conway, Kamui Kobayashi and José María López finished second in the No. 7 TS050 HEV - leaving both crews tied for first place in the drivers’ championship, while the GR team stretched its lead in the manufacturers’ championship by 35 points.
After taking their places in the top two positions, the GR TS050 HEVs steadily extended their advantage. Their lead was further strengthened by the fastest pit-work in the field, despite the No. 7 TS050 HEV being unable to mount a challenge for first place throughout the race due to the 0.4 seconds-per-lap difference in success handicap.
“I would like to congratulate the team on their brilliant performance. We are thrilled to achieve our second perfect result of the season, especially here at our home circuit,” said Yugo Miyamoto, Chief Representative, Middle East and Central Asia Representative Office, Toyota Motor Corporation. “The newly implemented handicap system imposes some regulations on our vehicles, but the team still managed to achieve an outstanding one-two victory with the superior performance of the Toyota TS050 HEV.”
“These events provide us with learnings and invaluable insights that inspire our efforts to create environmentally friendly vehicles that are engaging and fun to drive. We extend our gratitude to our loyal fans for their constant encouragement, and look forward to their support during this promising season,” Miyamoto added.
Following the team's second one-two finish of the season, the success handicap on both vehicles will be increased for the next race - the 4 Hours of Shanghai - which took place on 10 November. The lap time penalty was identical for both TS050 HYBRIDs, as they now have the same number of World Championship points.