Toyota GAZOO Racing Back on The Podium
OREANDA-NEWS. November 24, 2015. Despite a busy track and plenty of incidents, both TS040 Hybrids kept up a strong pace, with the #1 putting increasing pressure on its sister car for third as all drivers took their turn fighting for a strong result to end the season.
The two Toyotas established themselves in a clear third and fourth, closing out the final two hours with consistent lap times and crossing the line together, separated by only 1.177secs in a race won by the #18 Porsche.
A tense six hours eventually saw the #17 Porsche of Brendon Hartley, Mark Webber and Timo Bernhard earn the drivers' World Championship title, succeeding Anthony and S?bastien who took the 2014 crown in Bahrain 12 months ago.
Toyota finish the year third in the manufacturers' World Championship. Anthony and S?bastien are fifth, on exactly the same points as the #2 crew but ahead courtesy of more fourth places. Kazuki is seventh having missed the Spa race due to injury.
Today's race brought the curtain down on the TS040 Hybrid era. It competed in 16 races over two seasons, winning five times as part of 14 podium finishes, most of which came during its double World Championship-winning season in 2014.
It will be succeeded by an all-new car for 2016 which will start testing early next year prior to its first public appearance during the Prologue test at Paul Ricard in March.