FIA WEC: Toyota GR010 continues at a winning pace

TOYOTA GAZOO Racing. World Endurance Championship. 6 Hours of Spa. 29th April to 1st May 2021 Spa Francorchamps Circuit, Spa, Belgium Brendon Hartley (NZL) Sebastien Buemi (SUI) and Kazuki Nakajima (JPN) celebrate their win.

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The new season of the FIA ​​WEC Championship was run on the Spa Francorchamps track last weekend. The 2021 season is also the debut for a completely new, top, class of prototypes – Hypercar. The new class has slowed down the LMP2 prototypes, which are, despite a noticeable reduction in power and noticeably close to the performance of the most powerful class, so there was a lot of interesting racing both within the classes and between the classes.

In the Hypercar class, the Toyota GR010 finally showed its true pace in qualifying, surpassing the LMP2 crews, which recorded the same or faster times than the new Hypercar prototypes throughout the week before the race.

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The weather conditions in the Ardennes were favorable this time, so the crews had pretty good weather conditions, although with slightly lower temperatures during the qualifications all Porsche GTE Am crews had major accidents (luckily without injuring the driver) resulting in one of the crews, Project 1, did not perform in the race.

Toyota GR010 crews were mostly in the lead for 6 hours, despite the mistakes that were present in a large number of crews, in all classes. Crew # 8 recorded a win, while Alpine # 36 was in a pretty good position for most of the race. Toyota # 7 had noticeably more bad luck, so they finished the race in third place.

The LMP2 class was dominated by the current champions, the drivers of the # 22 United Autosport crew, who continued at the pace of the 2020 season. Two crews of the British Iota team took positions two and three.

In the GTE Pro class, the victory and absolute dominance was demonstrated by Kevin Estre, who, in addition to the victory, set a new track record in the class. His new partner, Neil Jani, is now behind the wheel of GT cars after a long time in prototypes, so his minutes were somewhat smaller, but equally deserving of the victory. Ferrari crews won positions two and three. The second Porsche crew had a minor incident with the Toyota prototype which cost them a lot of time, so the fourth place in the class was won by the Corvette Racing crew Gavin / Garcia.

In the GTE Am class, the victory was recorded by the AF Corsa # 83 F488 crew, while the # 33 TF Sport Aston Martin took second place. The third place was won by the Italian team # 47 Cetilar in F488.


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