Has the dominant Audi team finally met its match in the FIA World Endurance Championship series? After notching its historic first win in Sao Paulo, Brazil, the Toyota TS030 Hybrid has won its second race in a row.
It was a thrilling home victory for the Japanese automaker at Fuji in the six-hour endurance race. Drivers Alex Wurz, Nicolas Lapierre, and Kazuki Nakajima set the fastest lap in the process of claiming the top podium spot at the event. The race was hard fought however, as Audi put up a good fight through the six hours of racing.
Driver Kazuki Nakajima took control at the halfway mark of the race, when he kept up a blistering pace and clocking a series of fastest laps for the event. He completed a massive triple stint of almost three hours to capture the second victory for the TS030 Hybrid.
The eighth and final round of the FIA World Endurance Championship will be at the Shanghai International Circuit in China on October 28th. Drivers Wurz and Lapierre will be behind the wheel of the TS030 while Nakajima will be competing in Super GT.
“What a day! It is a great achievement and it was a team effort so many thanks to my team-mates and the team, who prepared a great car, as well as everybody at TOYOTA who prepared such an impressive hybrid system,” said Kazuki Nakajima. “We all achieved this together. To win a world championship race as a driver has been my aim for my whole career so it is a great day. The crowd was fantastic; it was great to see so many TOYOTA flags in the grandstands. I was so excited in the last few laps. I was getting the message from my engineer to push hard because I had to make a gap for our last pit stop, so it was quite challenging. I was pushing like crazy and finally we just made it.”