Toy­ota takes En­durance hon­ours

Suc­cess makes up for Le Mans dis­ap­point­ment

The Star Early Edition - - MOTORSPORT -

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.

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