Toyota Hybrid Racing earned a second-place finish in round five of the 2013 World Endurance Championship, after a closely-fought battle with frontrunners Audi – watch our highlights video below.
Following the race, the driver team commented:
Anthony Davidson: “It was a good race for us. We didn’t expect to be as close to the Audis as we were so we can be proud of how we performed. We were quite brave with our strategy by double-stinting the tyres from the beginning and this paid off. I just did one stint as I have not had a lot of track time this weekend on a new track for me. It was quite tough at the beginning but that was to be expected considering I didn’t do qualifying and we didn’t get any dry running on Friday. It was nice to be in a fight for victory, even if we didn’t quite get the result we ultimately wanted.”
Sébastien Buemi: “We fought as hard as possible right to the end; it was a really tough fight. We lacked a bit of pace over one lap but our strategy was good and this gave us a chance to fight for the win. I was able to get into second place at the beginning of the race thanks to the hybrid boost on acceleration and that put us in the game. I enjoyed the battle with Audi and we had some quite exciting moments. We gave everything and even though it’s really good to be back on the podium I’m a bit disappointed to miss out on victory as we were close. Now we will try to get more performance for the next race.”
Stéphane Sarrazin: “I’m really pleased to return to the podium. After the first stint, when we didn’t need to change tyres but Audi did, we knew there was a chance to win the race. Our car was really good on the tyres and we could push until the last lap of the second stint, which was great. We didn’t quite have the pace but our strategy was the right one. Everyone did a good job, particularly Sébastien who had a long time in the car in very hot conditions. It was not easy out there but he kept the pressure on. I’m looking forward to Fuji where we want to finish one place higher.”
Toyota will be aiming to repeat last year’s win in round six of the championship, the Six Hours of Fuji, takes place on October 20th.