Toyota takes Endurance honours
Success makes up for Le Mans disappointment
IT MAY have missed out on the prestige of winning Le Mans – that victory went again to Audi – but Toyota has clinched the bigger prize of the driver’s title in this year’s FIA World Endurance Championship.
Toyota scored its fifth victory of the season when the Toyota TS040 Hybrid of Alex Wurz, Stéphane Sarrazin and Mike Conway won the Six Hours of Bahrain this past weekend.
Anthony Davidson and Sébastien Buemi in the sister car finished 11th after losing time due to a technical issue but it was enough for them to become the 2014 drivers’ world champions, holding an unassailable lead in the standings with one round of the eightrace season still remaining.
That marks Toyota’s first drivers’ World Championship crown since Didier Auriol won the World Rally Championship in 1994.
Saturday’s result – which saw Porsche taking second and third ahead of fourth-placed Audi – also strengthens Toyota’s hold on the manufacturers’ world championship, extending the lead over Audi to 40 points with a maximum of 44 points available in the final race, in Sao Paulo on 30 November.
- Motorsport Correspondent
Toyota missed out on winning Le Mans in July, but has now scooped the bigger prize: the World Endurance Drivers’ Championship. And it leads the Manufacturers’ championship with one round left to run.