Toyota Racing has completed an historic championship double after taking the World Endurance Championship manufactures’ title in Brazil.
Results at the Six Hours of Sao Paolo clinched the victory, adding to the driver’s championship won for the team two weeks ago by Anthony Davidson Sebastien Buemi.
A second place finish for the No8 car driven by Davidson and Buemi and fourth spot for the No7 Toyota TS040 Hybrid of Alex Wurz, Stephane Sarrazin, and Mike Conway in the final race of the season delivered the championship by a margin of 45 points over second placed Audi motorsport.
The last race of this great season was a thrilling one – a late charge for victory by Davidson and Buemi was cruelly halted after a late safety car period.
Any hopes of a higher finish for the No7 car were also thwarted by a drive-through penalty – the fourth place result dropped Wurz and Sarrazin to joint fifth place in the drivers’ championship standings.
Toyota’s double delight is a landmark in sports-car racing history – the first time a Japanese manufacturer has won the World Endurance Championship since it began back in 1953 – it is also Toyota’s first motorsport title since its victory in the World Rally Championship of 1999.
Not only is this a major achievement for Toyota motorsport overall but a wonderful moment for Toyota’s racing hybrid system which was first developed for motorsport in 2006.
Commitment to reducing weight, increasing power and improving efficiency means this 986bhp, all-wheel drive TS040 Hybrid has been a class apart from the rest this season.
With sporting regulations continuing to focus more on efficiency – Toyota’s technology has risen to meet the challenge with the TS040 Hybrid winning five of its eight races with four pole positions, 12 podium finishes and four quickest laps.
Celebrating the championship, Toyota President Akio Toyoda said: “After only three years in the FIA World Endurance Championship, I’m overjoyed that Toyota Racing were able to win both the drivers’ and manufacturers’ world championships this season with the TS040 Hybrid. I must express my sincere gratitude to our fans for their encouragement and our partners for their support”.
Adding, “I would also like to say congratulations and thank you to all the drivers and racing team staff who worked so hard and closely together throughout the season. Toyota will use these experiences in the FIA World Endurance Championship to help revolutionise hybrid technology and to help make ever-better cars that delight people around the world.”