Toyota’s FIA World Endurance Championship lead has been extended after a second successive one-two performance in China.
Anthony Davidson and Sebastien Buemi are in great form for Toyota Racing and managed to follow up their victory in Fuji two weeks ago – taking their shared lead at the top of the drivers’ championship to an impressive 42 points.
Yet again, the 986bhp four-wheel drive Toyota TS040 Hybrid proved too powerful for the opposition – this dominance was reinforced with Alex Wurz, Stephane Sarrazin and Kazuki Nakajima bagging second in the number 7 car.
It proved a drama free race for both Toyota cars with slick pit stops helping the boys to victory – when it came to the final driver swap, Buemi and Davidson had a commanding one-lap lead over the rest of the field – apart from their second-placed team-mates.
After the race, victorious driver, Anthony Davidson reflected on the result, ““The whole team did a great job with the right strategy and solid pit stops. Everyone kept calm and focused on getting the result. We showed we had the fastest car in Fuji and we’ve done that again here in Shanghai.
Adding, “We didn’t want to take too many risks, particularly in traffic so it was a relatively quiet race for me; Seb did all the spectacular work at the start. To get such a result at this stage of the season is huge for us and now we aim to continue like this in the final two races.”
Toyota currently lead the manufacturers standings on 226 pts – 29 points ahead of Audi who are in second place on 197 pts – Porsche sit another 64 pts back in third with 133 pts.
The battle for the World Championship will continue in Bahrain on 15th November, with the season coming to a close in Sao Paulo on 30th November.