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Fuji WEC: Toyota gets victory as rain ends race

Fuji WEC 2013

Victory in the Fuji round of the World Endurance Championship went to Toyota after the race was red-flagged for a third and final time.

The red flags came out when the lead cars were halfway around the opening lap after the second restart. The call means that all 16 laps of the weather-affected event were run behind the safety car.

Half points will be awarded for the event and it is likely, but not confirmed, that all the drivers in each car will score whether or not they drove.

Victory was taken by the Toyota TS030 HYBRID driven by Kazuki Nakajima, whose team-mates were Nicolas Lapierre and Alex Wurz.

Second place went to the championship-leading Audi driven by Loic Duval, who was sharing the car with Allan McNish and Tom Kristensen.

Nakajima moved into the lead after the initial restart when the pole-winning Audi R18 e-tron quattro driven by Andre Lotterer pitted for the first of a series of stops to cure an engine pick-up problem.

Toyota's win did not stop Audi from collecting the manufacturers' title. The German firm now heads the standings by more than the 52 points available over the final two events.

LMP2 was won by the OAK Racing Morgan-Nissan LMP2 of Bertrand Baguette, Martin Plowman and Ricardo Gonzalez.

GTE Pro honours went to the Aston Martin Vantage GTE driven by Frederic Makowiecki, who joined Darren Turner and Stefan Mucke for this event.

Aston also took GTE Am honours with the Vantage shared by Bruno Senna, Christoffer Nygaard and Kristian Poulsen.

Results - 16 laps/multiple red flags:

Pos  Cl     Drivers                         Team/Car                    Time/Gap
 1.  P1     Wurz/Lapierre/Nakajima          Toyota                  2h56m05.785s
 2.  P1     Kristensen/Duval/McNish         Audi                         +1.901s
 3.  P1     Belicchi/Beche                  Rebellion Lola-Toyota        +1.971s
 4.  P2     Baguette/Gonzalez/Plowman       OAK Morgan-Nissan            +2.259s
 5.  P2     Rusinov/Martin/Conway           Delta-ADR ORECA-Nissan       +2.093s
 6.  P2     Hiranaka/Ueda/Wirdheim          Greaves Zytek-Nissan         +2.831s
 7.  P2     Pla/Heinemeier Hansson/Brundle  OAK Morgan-Nissan           +12.834s
 8.  P2     Graves/Walker/Nakano            Delta-ADR ORECA-Nissan      +15.323s
 9.  P2     Bradley/Koizumi/Matsuda         KCMG Morgan-Nissan          +19.569s
10.  P2     Perez Companc/Minassian/Kaffer  Pecom ORECA-Nissan          +21.494s
11.  P2     Holzer/Kraihamer/Charouz        Lotus                       +23.803s
12.  P2     Nicolet/Ihara                   OAK Morgan-Nissan           +35.657s
13.  GTE P  Turner/Mucke/Makowiecki         Aston Martin                +38.900s
14.  GTE P  Bruni/Fisichella                AF Ferrari                  +41.944s
15.  GTE P  Bergmeister/Pilet               Manthey Porsche             +44.855s
16.  GTE P  Lieb/Lietz                      Manthey Porsche             +55.311s
17.  GTE A  Nygaard/Poulsen/Senna           Aston Martin                +57.668s
18.  GTE A  Hall/Campbell-Walter/Adam       Aston Martin              +1m01.641s
19.  GTE A  Ried/Roda/Ruberti               Proton Porsche            +1m03.537s
20.  GTE A  Potolicchio/Aguas/Rigon         8Star Ferrari             +1m05.951s
21.  GTE P  Kobayashi/Vilander              AF Ferrari                +1m15.544s
22.  GTE A  Narac/Vernay/Palttala           Imsa Porsche              +1m25.904s
23.  P2     Weeda/Rossiter/Liuzzi           Lotus                     +1m40.976s
24.  GTE A  Krohn/Jonsson/Mediani           Krohn Ferrari             +1m46.314s
25.  GTE A  Gerber/Griffin/Cioci            AF Ferrari                +2m21.643s
26.  P1     Lotterer/Treluyer/Fassler       Audi                      +2m49.150s
27.  P1     Davidson/Buemi/Sarrazin         Toyota                        +1 lap
28.  GTE P  Lamy/Stanaway                   Aston Martin                  +1 lap
29.  GTE A  Bornhauser/Canal/Rees           Larbre Corvette              +2 laps
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