Fuji WEC: Toyota gets victory as rain ends race

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

Fuji WEC: Toyota gets victory as rain ends race

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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