TOYOTA Racing made the perfect start to the 2014 FIA World Endurance Championship season with a 1st & 2nd place finish from pole position in the Six Hours of Silverstone race in Britain. The 1000PS, four-wheel-drive TS040 HYBRID won its very first race in convincing fashion thanks to the #8 of Anthony Davidson, Nicolas Lapierre and Sébastien Buemi who take an early lead in the eight-race World Championship. The #7 of Alex Wurz, Stéphane Sarrazin and Kazuki Nakajima completed TOYOTA Racing’s first-ever one-two finish, with a fine second place despite changing weather.
According to Nobuyuki Negishi, Chief Representative, Middle East and North Africa Representative Office, TOYOTA Motor Corporation, “It’s a great result for the TOYOTA Racing team and I congratulate the team and drivers for this commanding victory. It’s also a significant victory for the new TS040 Hybrid car which represents the most advanced hybrid technology in modern racing. Our participation in these championships and the motorsport technology we adopt play a pivotal role in the development of the next generation hybrid road cars at Toyota.”
Anthony Davidson said: “It has been a fantastic weekend and it is brilliant to win my home race. The team did a fantastic job all weekend. 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.”
As well as the usual winners’ trophies, the #8 crew also claimed the Royal Automobile Club International Tourist Trophy, first awarded in 1905, while Anthony won the Richard Lloyd Trophy for the highest-placed British Racing Drivers Club member.