LMP1 teams news round up following 6 Hours of Sao Paulo
First win for the Porsche 919 Hybrid under dramatic circumstances
The Porsche Team has achieved its maiden win with the Porsche 919 Hybrid in the final race of the 2014 FIA World Endurance Championship in São Paulo with the driving trio of Romain Dumas (France), Neel Jani (Switzerland) and Marc Lieb (Germany).
At the same time as the team achieved the biggest success of its debut season, it had its deepest shock when Mark Webber had a very heavy accident in the sister car with less than half an hour to go before the end of the six-hour race. The Australian, who shares the Le Mans Prototype with Timo Bernhard (Germany) and Brendon Hartley (New Zealand), crashed heavily into the barriers at the fast last turn of the lap. He was in sixth position.
For all Porsche's news and driver quotes, plus an update from Mark Webber on his release from hospital, click HERE
Toyota: 2014 World Champions
TOYOTA Racing is the 2014 drivers’ and manufacturers’ World Champion after a successful conclusion to the FIA World Endurance Championship season in the Six Hours of Sao Paulo, at Interlagos.
The eighth and final race of the season was a thrilling one, with the #8 TS040 HYBRID of World Champions Anthony Davidson and Sébastien Buemi finishing second after a late safety car halted a potentially-successful battle for victory.
The #7 of Alex Wurz, Stéphane Sarrazin and Mike Conway were handed a harsh drive-through penalty which meant they finished fourth. That also dropped Alex and Stéphane to fifth in the drivers’ championship.
To read more about Toyota Racing's final race, and championship win, click HERE
Emotional WEC finale for Audi at São Paulo
• Tom Kristensen celebrates widely recognized farewell with podium result
• Marcel Fässler/André Lotterer/Benoît Tréluyer are runners-up in the championship
• Audi surrenders constructors’ title for the first time after two years as World Champions
Audi was pleased to finish the finale of the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) on a positive note. The brand with the four rings achieved its sixth podium result of the season at São Paulo with Tom Kristensen securing another trophy in his last race as a pro. Audi closed the year in second place of the manufacturers’ standings, while Marcel Fässler/André Lotterer/Benoît Tréluyer (CH/D/F) took second place in the drivers’ championship. Following a remarkable recovery, the trio in the number 2 Audi R18 e-tron quattro battled its way forwards from the last to fifth place.
The full story from Audi about Tom's final race, plus quotes from all its drivers and team principals can be found HERE
Rebellion Racing sweeps all before them in 2014
Securing their eighth LMP1-L win in eight races this season at the 6 Hours of Sao Paulo, REBELLION Racing achieves a “full house” in the 2014 FIA World Endurance Championship.
For their first year of racing in the FIA WEC, the REBELION R-One Toyota cars are undefeated in the LMP1-L class. With seven class wins, seven class Pole positions, four 1-2 in class and a fourth place overall at Le Mans 24 Hours, the first chapter of the Rebellion R-One Toyota story is fully positive (REBELLION Racing secured the class win and class pole position at the opening round at Silverstone with the Lola B12/60 Toyota).
At the end of a 6 Hours of Sao Paulo race full of drama, the Rebellion R-One Toyota #13 and #12 secured a new 1-2 LMP1-L class win, but their final overall classification reflected some difficulties encountered during the race.
For more on Rebellion Racing's all-conquering 2014 season, click HERE