Fuji WEC: Anthony Davidson/Sebastien Buemi win as Toyota dominates

Toyota dominated the Fuji round of the World Endurance Championship with a one-two victory led by points leaders Sebastien Buemi and Anthony Davidson

Fuji WEC: Anthony Davidson/Sebastien Buemi win as Toyota dominates

The drivers of the #8 Toyota TS040 HYBRID led all but a handful of the 236 laps on the way to a 25-second victory over team-mates Kazuki Nakajima, Stephane Sarrazin and Alex Wurz.

Buemi briefly lost the lead on a frenetic opening lap, but was back ahead by the time the cars crossed the start/finish line.

Davidson spent 12 laps in second position behind Mark Webber, who had stopped early in the #20 Porsche 919 Hybrid with a puncture, but after the Australian's second pitstop, the winning Toyota was only ever headed by the sister car during the pitstop sequence.

Buemi said: "To leave Fuji with a one-two is quite a victory.

"We knew we had a quick car, but we didn't expect to finish with such a big gap, so this is definitely a good sign for the rest of the season."

Webber and co-drivers Timo Bernhard and Brendon Hartley took Porsche's second podium of the 2014 WEC with third place, a lap down on the Toyotas.

They had to fight back from the puncture and then do double stint on the same tyres, which lost the car time.

The sister Porsche came was a further lap down in fourth in the hands of Marc Lieb, Neel Jani and Romain Dumas.

The two Audis ended up fifth and sixth on a day when the R18 e-tron quattro was not competitive against the opposition from Toyota or Porsche.

Loic Duval, Lucas di Grassi and Tom Kristensen ended up fifth ahead of team-mates Andre Lotterer, Benoit Treluyer and Marcel Fassler.

Lotterer had briefly led after a storming start from fifth on the grid, but had to back off at the end of the lap before going over the prescribed fuel allocation, which would have resulted in a penalty.

Buemi and Davidson now lead the championship on 122 points from their team-mate in the first four WEC races Nicolas Lapierre, who was rested by Toyota for this weekend.

Lapierre has 96 points, Lotterer, Treluyer and Fassler 93 and Duval, di Grassi and Kristensen 82.

LIGIER TAKES FIRST LMP2 WIN

The new Ligier-Nissan JSP2 coupe claimed its first victory in the hands of OAK/G-Drive trio Olivier Pla, Julien Canal and Roman Rusinov.

Pla had to fight his way past Alex Imperatori's KCMG ORECA-Nissan 03R in the opening hour and, after a late puncture, again in the final hour to secure the win.

AF Corse Ferrari drivers Gianmaria Bruni and Toni Vilander claimed GTE Pro honours, despite a drive-through penalty early in the race for a track-limits infraction.

Their Ferrari 458 Italia finished 2.9s up on team-mates Davide Rigon and James Calado.

The pole-winning Aston Martin Vantage GTE shared by Fernando Rees, Alex MacDowall and Darryl O'Young, which led the early hours, ended up third.

Aston Martin Racing dominated the GTE Am division.

The #96 Vantage GTE shared by Nicki Thiim, David Heinemeier Hansson and Kristian Poulsen came out on top in a battle with the sister car shared by Pedro Lamy, Paul Dalla Lana and Christoffer Nygaard.

RESULTS - 236 LAPS:

Pos Class Driver Team Car Gap
1 LMP1 A.Davidson, S.Buemi Toyota Racing Toyota 6h00m39.367s
2 LMP1 A.Wurz, S.Sarrazin, K.Nakajima Toyota Racing Toyota 25.627s
3 LMP1 T.Bernhard, M.Webber, B.Hartley Porsche Team Porsche 1 Lap
4 LMP1 R.Dumas, N.Jani, M.Lieb Porsche Team Porsche 2 Laps
5 LMP1 L.di Grassi, L.Duval, T.Kristensen Audi Sport Team Joest Audi 2 Laps
6 LMP1 M.Fassler, A.Lotterer, B.Treluyer Audi Sport Team Joest Audi 3 Laps
7 LMP2 R.Rusinov, O.Pla, J.Canal G-Drive Racing Ligier/Nissan 17 Laps
8 LMP2 M.Howson, R.Bradley, A.Imperatori KCMG ORECA/Nissan 17 Laps
9 LMP2 K.Ihara, G.Yacaman, A.Brundle Oak Racing Morgan/Judd 20 Laps
10 LMP2 S.Zlobin, N.Minassian, M.Mediani SMP Racing ORECA/Nissan 21 Laps
11 LMP1 D.Kraihamer, A.Belicchi, F.Leimer Rebellion Racing Rebellion/Toyota 21 Laps
12 LMP2 K.Ladygin, V.Shaytar, A.Ladygin SMP Racing ORECA/Nissan 24 Laps
13 GTE Pro G.Bruni, T.Vilander AF Corse Ferrari 28 Laps
14 GTE Pro D.Rigon, J.Calado AF Corse Ferrari 28 Laps
15 GTE Pro A.MacDowall, D.O'Young, F.Rees Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin 28 Laps
16 GTE Pro J.Bergmeister, R.Lietz Porsche Team Manthey Porsche 29 Laps
17 GTE Am K.Poulsen, D.H.Hansson, N.Thiim Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin 29 Laps
18 GTE Am P.D.Lana, P.Lamy, C.Nygaard Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin 29 Laps
19 GTE Am F.Perrodo, E.Collard, M.Vaxiviere Prospeed Competition Porsche 32 Laps
20 GTE Am C.Ried, K.Bachler, K.Al Qubaisi Proton Competition Porsche 32 Laps
21 GTE Pro D.Turner, S.Mucke Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin 32 Laps
22 GTE Am B.Curtis, J.Bleekemolen, M.Skeen AF Corse Ferrari 33 Laps
23 GTE Pro F.Makowiecki, P.Pilet Porsche Team Manthey Porsche 34 Laps
24 LMP1 N.Prost, N.Heidfeld, M.Beche Rebellion Racing Rebellion/Toyota 57 Laps
- LMP1 C.Bouchut, J.Rossiter, P.Kaffer Lotus/AER Retirement
- GTE Am S.Wyatt, M.Rugolo, A.Bertolini AF Corse Ferrari Retirement
- GTE Am G.Roda, P.Ruberti, J.Segal 8 Star Motorsports Ferrari Retirement

LMP1 DRIVERS' STANDINGS AFTER FIVE OF EIGHT ROUNDS:

Pos Driver Points
1 Anthony Davidson 122
1 Sebastien Buemi 122
2 Nicolas Lapierre 96
3 Marcel Fassler 93
3 Andre Lotterer 93
3 Benoit Treluyer 93
4 Lucas di Grassi 82
4 Tom Kristensen 82
5 Stephane Sarrazin 61
5 Alexander Wurz 61
6 Marc Lieb 57
6 Neel Jani 57
6 Romain Dumas 57
7 Kazuki Nakajima 53
8 Nicolas Prost 48.5
8 Nick Heidfeld 48.5
8 Mathias Beche 48.5
9 Loic Duval 46
10 Mark Webber 40.5
10 Timo Bernhard 40.5
10 Brendon Hartley 40.5

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