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#6 Porsche Penske Motorsport Porsche 963: Kevin Estre, André Lotterer, Laurens Vanthoor
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WEC Fuji
Analysis

How Porsche ensured Toyota's WEC homecoming was anything but straightforward

The strongest showing to date by an LMDh car in the World Endurance Championship meant Toyota's 1-2 finish at Fuji wasn't the formality it appeared on paper. A notable improvement from Porsche meant the Japanese marque had to dig deep which bodes well for the future of competition between the two Hypercar platforms

Toyota claimed a ninth victory in 11 starts at the Fuji 6 Hours in the modern era of the World Endurance Championship and duly wrapped up this year’s manufacturers’ title with a round to go. But it was far from business as usual as the home manufacturer swept to a 1-2.

Porsche led for a few minutes short of four hours and but for a strange procedural error might have taken second position last weekend. The significance wasn’t just that another brand is now in the thick of the battle; this was the first time that an LMDh car had challenged the Le Mans Hypercar hegemony.

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