With a one-two finish in Six Hours of Silverstone. Toyota had what could only be called, a perfect start to the 2014 FIA World Endurance Championship.
It was a particularly good event and a home victory for British driver, Anthony Davidson piloting the Toyota number eight car.
This result was impressive, particularly considering it was the maiden outing for the new, 986bhp four-wheel drive Toyota TS040 Hybrid model.
Toyota’s TS040 model claimed a win in a race that was shortened due to weather conditions, with torrential rain prompting the race to be flagged within 30 minutes of the official race finish time.
Davidson joined Nicholas Lapierre and Sebastien Buemi clinching first place, which saw them an entire lap ahead of team-mates Alex Wurz, Stephane Sarrazin and Kazuki Nakajima in the No 7 Toyota.
Finishing first, not only earned Davidson and the others valuable championship points, but the winners also earned the RAC International Tourist Trophy, the world’s longest-running motorsport award.
Toyota Racing’s rivals had an eventful time at Silverstone. Both Audi cars crashed out of the race, while the single surviving Porsche claimed third place. This saw Porsche’s team two laps down on the winning model from Toyota Racing.
Another pleasing result for Toyota came from the Rebellion Racing Lola-Toyota, which placed fourth, winning the class for privately entered LMP1 cars.
On winning the race, Davidson reflected proudly, “It has been a fantastic weekend and it is brilliant to win my home race. The team did a fantastic job all weekend. It looks like it would be an epic fight with Audi and Porsche if it had stayed dry, but we knew the rain was coming and we had set our car up for wet conditions.
“We made the right call on tyres, the strategy was just perfect; that’s how you win races. It is particularly special to also win the Tourist Trophy and the Richard Lloyd Trophy. It is a fantastic achievement and I couldn’t have wished for a better weekend.”
The second round of the season is the Six Hours of Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium on 3 May.