Toyota Gazoo Racing finished 2017 in style, marking the first time since 1990 that a car crew has won five races during a season of WEC or its predecessor, the World Sportscar Championship.

About the World Endurance Championships (WEC)


Launched in 2012 and now entering its sixth year after five seasons of incredible competition and growth, the FIA World Endurance Championship has matured into one of the world’s most entertaining and respected motor sport series.

Tracing its history back to 1953, when the World Championship for Sports Cars was launched, it became the Endurance Championship in 1981.

The current WEC series was born out of the Intercontinental Le Mans Cup, which was also organized by the Automobile Club de l'Ouest (ACO), and ran for two years from 2010-2011.

All entrants join together to battle it out at iconic circuits such as Silverstone, Fuji Speedway, Nürburgring, Spa-Francorchamps and, the cornerstone of the championship, the legendary 24 Hours of Le Mans.

About the car - TS050 HYBRID

The TS050 Hybrid is Toyota’s third car since joining the championship in 2012. It features a 2.4-litre, twin-turbo, direct injection V6 petrol engine, perfectly suited to the current championship regulations due its limiting of fuel flow to the engine.

Toyota expects to make good use of technology and know-how gained from its WEC campaign with turbo engines increasingly in use for road cars.

This is combined with an 8MJ hybrid system which uses regenerative braking, like that featured in many Toyota road cars. Energy from front and rear motor-generators is recovered under braking and stored in a high-powered lithium-ion battery. It is then released as a boost for maximum performance and efficiency.

Toyota take the win in Bahrain

Event 9 - Bahrain

Toyota Gazoo Racing closed their 2017 FIA World Endurance Championship campaign with an impressive fifth victory, winning the Bapco 6 Hours of Bahrain on Saturday.

Its work in the Gulf did not finish with the chequered flag, however, as the team hosted a rookie test session the following day with the two-time Formula 1 World Champion Fernando Alonso. Rising endurance star Thomas Laurent also had a try-out in the Toyota TS050 hybrid.

The season finale saw the No8 Toyota of Anthony Davidson, Sébastien Buemi and Kazuki Nakajima winning by more than a lap in what was Porsche’s final appearance in the championship’s top LMP1 class. Their success marked the first time since 1990 that a car crew had achieved the feat of five wins during a single season of the top international sportscar championship.

Visit the FIA website for a full list of the season's results.

Victory in China

Event 8 - China

Toyota Gazoo Racing dominated the 6 Hours of Shanghai on Sunday, claiming their fourth win of the 2017 FIA World Endurance Championship.

Anthony Davidson, Sébastien Buemi and Kazuki Nakajima brought the No8 TS050 Hybrid home more than a lap clear of the nearest challengers, setting the fastest lap of the race and sealing Toyota’s third win at the Shanghai circuit.

The result means Toyota and Porsche go into the final race of the year, in Bahrain on 18 November, level on four race wins each. Both titles have been decided, however, with Porsche named champion manufacturer and Timo Bernhard, Earl Bamber and Brendon Hartley confirmed as the world champion drivers.

Home one-two at Fuji

Event 7 - Fuji

Toyota Gazoo Racing sealed a one-two result in an eventful, rain-affected 6 Hours of Fuji on Sunday, the seventh round of the 2017 FIA World Endurance Championship.

Anthony Davidson, Sebastien Buemi and Kazuki Nakajima claimed their third win of the year in the No8 Toyota TS050 Hybrid, although the exceptional conditions and two race stoppages meant that British driver Davidson was never called on to take the wheel.

The victory was Toyota’s fifth in six years at the Japanese circuit and fittingly coincided with the 20th anniversary weekend of the launch of the original Prius, the world’s first mass-produced hybrid car.

Texas podium for Toyota Gazoo Racing

Event 6 - America

Toyota Gazoo Racing claimed third and fourth places in the 6 Hours of the Circuit of the Americas, in Austin, Texas, on 17th September, the sixth round of the 2017 FIA World Endurance Championship.

The race proved a close battle between the Toyota TS050 Hybrids and their Porsche rivals, with the team recovering well from disappointing qualifying times. The podium finish was claimed by the No8 car of Sébastien Buemi, Stéphane Sarrazin and Kazuki Nakajima, just 21.7 seconds behind the winning No2 Porsche after 1,058km of racing.

Tough race for Toyota Gazoo Racing in Mexico

Event 5 - Mexico

Toyota Gazoo Racing claimed their fifth podium finish of the 2017 FIA World Endurance Championship in the 6 Hours of Mexico on 3rd September, but were disappointed not to have mounted a stronger challenge.

Anthony Davidson, Sébastien Buemi and Kazuki Nakajima took third in the No8 Toyota TS050 Hybrid, one place ahead of team-mates Mike Conway Kamui Kobayashi and José Maria López in the No7 car. Both Toyotas were a lap down on the winning No2 Porsche.

The result damages the team’s challenge in both the world title races. Toyota trails Porsche by 56.5 points in the manufacturers’ standings, while the No8 crew are 41 points off the lead in the drivers’ championship.

Podium finish for Toyota Gazoo Racing at the Nürburgring

Event 4 - Nürburgring

Toyota Gazoo Racing raced to their first podium finish at the Nürburgring on Sunday, taking third place in a challenging fourth round of the 2017 FIA World Endurance Championship.

The meeting started promisingly, with the No7 Toyota TS050 of Mike Conway, Kamui Kobayashi and José María López claiming pole position at the German circuit, close to the team’s Cologne base. The No8 sister car of Anthony Davidson, Sebastien Buemi and Kazuki Nakajima came through qualifying fourth fastest.

In the end Kobayashi took the chequered flag in third place in the No7 car, with Nakajima completing a dogged drive by the No8 crew to complete the race in fourth. The results keep Toyota in the fight for the manufacturers’ championship, 39.5 points behind leaders Porsche. Conway, Kobayashi and López trail by 30 points in the drivers’ title race.

Heartbreak at Le Mans

Event 3 - Le Mans

Toyota Gazoo Racing endured a painful Le Mans 24 Hours in which pre-race promise did not translate into race success. At Sunday’s chequered flag, just one of the three TS050 Hybrid cars was still running, finishing in ninth place.

Hopes were high for a first Toyota win at the world’s most famous sportscar race, with the No7 car of Mike Conway, Kami Kobayashi and Stéphane Sarrazin leading from pole position for the first 10 hours, only to be forced into retirement by a clutch problem.

The results also proved costly in terms of Toyota Gazoo Racing’s campaign in the 2017 FIA World Endurance Championship. Le Mans, the third round of the series, offered double points, so Porsche’s victory has given the team a 36.5-point lead in both the drivers’ and manufacturers’ title races.

Toyota post one-two finish at Spa

Event 2 - Spa-Francorchamps

Toyota Gazoo Racing made it two wins from two races in the 2017 FIA World Endurance Championship, posting an impressive one-two finish in the 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps on Saturday.

Silverstone winners Anthony Davidson, Sébastien Buemi and Kazuki Nakajima in the No8 TS050 Hybrid again took the top step of the podium, extending their lead in the drivers’ World Championship to 17 points. It was a close finish, with No7 car of Mike Conway and Kamui Kobayashi just 1.992 seconds behind after six hours of high-speed action around the Belgian circuit. The result, the team’s first one-two since Shanghai in 2014, moves Toyota into the lead in the manufacturers’ championship, 8.5 points ahead of Porsche.

Victory for Toyota Gazoo Racing at Silverstone

Event 1 - Silverstone

The Gazoo Racing team successfully negotiated challenging weather conditions to get their 2017 FIA World Endurance Championship campaign off to the best possible start and bring home the win in the #8 TS050 Hybrid of Anthony Davidson, Sébastien Buemi and Kazuki Nakajima.

For Davidson, winning at his home circuit, in front of a crowd of more than 50,000 spectators, was the perfect way to bring the #8 crew to the top step of the podium. He said: “It’s amazing to finally get our first win together. We had to work really hard for it though, but did a great job both individually and as a team. We read the conditions correctly and made the right call on strategy in difficult conditions. We couldn’t be prouder to win this one.”

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