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    OFFICIAL #WEC Report: Toyota - WEC, LMP1, Round 3, Le Mans, Race

    Read The twenty four hour log by Toyota here...

    TOYOTA RACING: LE MANS 24 HOURS UPDATE 1
    Saturday 14 June 2014

    TS040 HYBRID #7 (Alex Wurz, Stéphane Sarrazin, Kazuki Nakajima)
    Grid: 1st

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    Alex lined up for the 82nd Le Mans 24 Hours from pole position and held the advantage. Consistently lapping faster than all other cars, the #7 was able to build a 30-second lead either side of a scheduled fuel stop. As Alex prepared to pit for a second time, around 90 minutes into the race, heavy rain soaked the track, prompting a switch to hybrid intermediate tyres. But the track was too wet for racing and the safety car came out for around 50 minutes. That green flag period lasted only around 15 minutes, with more rain prompting another safety car. The team chose to bring the #7 into the pits and switch to wet tyres, with Stéphane taking over.
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    Alex Wurz: "At the start everything was fine and under control; the car was running well. The balance was pretty good and I was able to pull away from the cars behind and extend our lead. Then it started raining and it was extremely difficult to survive out there. I had really a lot of aquaplaning on the straight. Thankfully the car stayed straight and I could stay on track. From the road safety training I do, I know that in these situations you have to drop the clutch in order stay straight and that’s what I did."

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    TS040 HYBRID #8 (Anthony Davidson, Nicolas Lapierre, Sébastien Buemi)
    Grid: 3rd

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    Nicolas held third at the start but soon overtook the #14 Porsche for second. That did not last though, as a minor trip through the gravel cost a position and prompted an exciting scrap with the #2 and #3 Audis. But the heavy rain had a drastic effect on the #8, which was involved in a multi-car accident in very poor visibility on an extremely slippery track. Nicolas brought the car back to the pits where team members immediately began to replace the front and rear bodywork as well as the suspension assembly at the front left corner. Efficient work from the team saw repairs completed within 50 minutes so Sébastien could return to the track, eight laps down.
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    Nicolas Lapierre: "I came on to the back straight before the Michelin chicane. There was very heavy rain and then I saw some cars very slow, none had a rain light on. They were very slow and I tried to brake. I’m not sure if the GT car hit me first or not. I don’t know really what happened. Then I went against the wall on the right side and a GT car took everyone out. That’s all I can remember from the crash. Honestly there was nothing I could see and nothing I could do."

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    TOYOTA RACING: LE MANS 24 HOURS UPDATE 2
    Saturday 14 June 2014

    TS040 HYBRID #7 (Alex Wurz, Stéphane Sarrazin, Kazuki Nakajima)
    Grid: 1st

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    As Stéphane took over the race-leading #7 during the safety car period, switching to wet tyres in the process, he suffered unfortunate timing. The race poised to restart so the car was held at the end of the pit lane, enduring a frustrating wait as the #20 Porsche eventually passed before Stéphane was allowed to rejoin. He immediately set a quick pace and closed on the leader, a pattern which continued when he returned to slick tyres. The two leaders were on different strategies but the picture became clearer at Stéphane’s second pit stop; he rejoined the track without giving up the lead and began to pull away. When he handed over to Kazuki, after around a quarter of the race, the #7 held a healthy advantage over the #2 Audi.
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    Stéphane Sarrazin: "It was a tough start for me. I did four stints and my first in the wet was really on the edge. When I came out of the pits after the safety car I was behind 20 or so cars and I couldn’t see the track; there was so much water on the straight. I had to take a lot of time to overtake all those cars and avoid any problems. After that the track dried up and it was very good. The car has a good balance so I kept pushing to increase the gap between me and the rest of the field."

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    TS040 HYBRID #8 (Anthony Davidson, Nicolas Lapierre, Sébastien Buemi)
    Grid: 3rd

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    Sébastien had taken the #8 back on track on wet tyres, but outside the top 30 and with a tough task to claim a strong result. He was soon setting competitive lap times, which validated the repair work carried out so quickly by the team. As the track dried, he took on slick tyres and started recovering positions, with the #8 drivers having a 16-point lead in the FIA World Endurance Championship to protect. Sébastien gave the car to Anthony having moved inside the top 20.
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    Sébastien Buemi: "What can I say? It was very disappointing to have the problem so early. There is only one thing to do now which is keep our heads up and push hard until the end. The guys did a great job to repair the car so thanks a lot for their efforts. Because of the damage, it wasn’t possible to get the car back in a perfect condition so we don’t have the ideal set-up but I pushed as hard as I could and we made up a lot of places."

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    TOYOTA RACING: LE MANS 24 HOURS UPDATE 3
    Sunday 15 June 2014

    TS040 HYBRID #7 (Alex Wurz, Stéphane Sarrazin, Kazuki Nakajima)
    Grid: 1st

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    Kazuki took over the #7 car in the lead of the race. An accident further down the field after almost seven hours brought out the third safety car of the race. Like Stéphane before him, Kazuki needed to pit for more fuel during the safety car period and was held at pit exit while one of the three safety car groups passed. While this cost time, the #2 Audi had also suffered a similar fate, meaning the #7 slightly extended its lead by the time racing resumed after a 15-minute safety car period. Kazuki kept up the pace as the sun went down and handed the car back to Alex with a lead of over 90 seconds.
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    Kazuki Nakajima: "So far everything is going quite well for us. Alex did a great first stint and gave us a bit of a gap. Stephane also pulled away and I managed to extend the lead too. Everything is going in the right way for us but still the race is long. We will keep pushing."

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    TS040 HYBRID #8 (Anthony Davidson, Nicolas Lapierre, Sébastien Buemi)
    Grid: 3rd

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    Anthony resumed in the #8 car with his sights set on the top 10. As with the #7, the #8 also made a fuel stop behind the safety car but was more fortunate with the timing and was able to rejoin directly because the field had already cleared the pit straight. Consistently competitive times helped Anthony move into seventh place but with three laps to make up on the sixth-placed #14 Porsche, further progress would require more patience. Anthony was forced to relinquish the driver’s seat to Nicolas earlier than planned, pitting due to a slow puncture after just three laps of his stint.
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    Anthony Davidson: "The task now for the #8 is to score as many points as possible for the World Championship. We are pushing as hard as we can and we will try to get the best result possible. My stint was cut short a bit; after my second stop I felt something wasn’t right on the left rear so we had to pit early."

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    TOYOTA RACING: LE MANS 24 HOURS UPDATE 4
    Sunday 15 June 2014

    TS040 HYBRID #7 (Alex Wurz, Stéphane Sarrazin, Kazuki Nakajima)
    Grid: 1st

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    With 10 hours remaining of the Le Mans 24 Hours, and having led throughout the night, the #7 TS040 HYBRID stopped on track at Arnage corner, with Kazuki Nakajima at the wheel. The cause of the stoppage has been diagnosed as an electrical problem relating to the loom. The car has officially retired from the race and the team will analyse the car and data to determine more precisely the cause.

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    TOYOTA RACING: LE MANS 24 HOURS UPDATE 5
    Sunday 15 June 2014

    TS040 HYBRID #7 (Alex Wurz, Stéphane Sarrazin, Kazuki Nakajima)
    Grid: 1st

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    With 10 hours remaining of the Le Mans 24 Hours, and having led throughout the night, the #7 TS040 HYBRID stopped on track at Arnage corner, with Kazuki Nakajima at the wheel. The cause of the stoppage has been diagnosed as an electrical problem relating to the loom. The car officially retired from the race after 13 hours and 53 minutes.
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    Kazuki Nakajima: "It is heartbreaking. I don’t know what to say. I really feel for the team and for all the people who are supporting us. I think we were doing a great race until that moment. We were leading and showing great pace. Somehow I thought maybe we could make it this time and then this happens. That’s Le Mans and that’s why we come here to take on the challenge. We will try again."

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    TS040 HYBRID #8 (Anthony Davidson, Nicolas Lapierre, Sébastien Buemi)
    Grid: 3rd

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    During the night the #8 continued to strive for the best possible result and moved into the top six. Progress was interrupted early in the night by an eight-minute pit stop to address aerodynamic balance issues caused by the earlier accident. All three drivers had stints during the night and brought the #8 into a fight for fifth with the #14 Porsche, with Anthony behind the wheel as the sun came up on the Circuit de la Sarthe. The misfortune for its sister TS040 HYBRID elevated the #8 to fourth and closer to the podium, although six laps separated it from the third-placed #2 Audi. Nicolas took over for this third stint with seven-and-a-half hours to go.
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    Anthony Davidson: "I finished my quadruple stint on the tyre compound which we selected for night-time running. Initially the car didn’t feel great to drive but as the sun came up and the track started to get more grippy the balance came back and I could start pushing. It’s just a pity we are still only in fourth and some way behind."

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    TOYOTA RACING LUCKLESS AT LE MANS UPDATE 6
    Sunday 15 June 2014

    TOYOTA Racing stood on the podium at the Le Mans 24 Hours but left the Circuit de la Sarthe with a sense of extreme disappointment after a frustrating race.

    The #8 TS040 HYBRID of Anthony Davidson, Nicolas Lapierre and Sébastien Buemi finished third to extend their lead in the World Championship and record TOYOTA’s fifth podium finish at Le Mans.

    That, however, did not tell the full story of a dramatic race which ended TOYOTA Racing’s 100% winning record in the 2014 FIA World Endurance Championship.

    The #7 TS040 HYBRID of Alex Wurz, Stéphane Sarrazin and Kazuki Nakajima started from pole position and held a 90-second lead with less than half the race remaining.

    However, an unexpected electrical problem related to the wiring loom forced Kazuki to stop the car at Arnage corner. With no chance of returning to the pits, the #7 officially retired after 13 hours and 53 minutes.

    The #8 TS040 HYBRID also had high expectations of fighting for victory but realistic hope was ended within 90 minutes. In a sudden downpour, and on slick tyres, Nicolas was involved in a multi-car accident on the Mulsanne Straight.

    He nursed the badly damaged car back to the pits where the team worked quickly to replace front and rear bodywork, as well as replacing the suspension installation on the front left corner.

    Around 50 minutes was lost to repairs, leaving the #8 eight laps down but determined to score as many points as possible having entered the third round of the FIA World Endurance Championship with a 16-point lead in the standings.

    The early accident caused a further delay when, around eight hours in, aerodynamic balance issues prompted further bodywork repairs.

    But Anthony, Nicolas and Sébastien kept up a consistent pace and moved into the top four, with an eye on the podium as technical issues affected several competitors.

    Remarkably that goal, which looked so unlikely after just two hours of the race, was achieved within the last two hours and the #8 crossed the line for a bitter sweet third place.

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    Yoshiaki Kinoshita, Team President: "There is certainly a huge amount of disappointment in our team because both of our TS040 HYBRIDs had enough speed to win the race. But part of the magic of Le Mans is that it is so unpredictable and challenging; today we only needed to avoid misfortune. Sadly that wasn’t the case but that’s motorsport and we have to accept the result. We will come back stronger for this experience and we have a World Championship to fight for, starting at the next race. All team members, including the drivers, performed brilliantly in this race, not only to repair the damage but to stay positive and bring home third position. I am very proud of this and the whole team should be proud of their efforts too. Finally, I would like to congratulate both Audi and Porsche for their impressive performances. Everyone fought extremely hard today and showed great competitive spirit."

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    TS040 HYBRID #7 (Alex Wurz, Stéphane Sarrazin, Kazuki Nakajima)
    Race: DNF (electrical), 219 laps, 17 pit stops. Fastest lap: 3min 23.112secs

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    Alex Wurz: "There’s not much to say other than it is really disappointing. We were leading but we decided not to take too many risks in traffic. Depending on our luck in the traffic we were able to extend the lead in a very controlled manner which is exactly how you have to do it at Le Mans. We were looking forward to the morning sunlight, because our tyres worked very well during the day, but it didn’t come for us. I said earlier this week that you don’t win Le Mans, it lets you win and today it didn’t let us win."
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    Stéphane Sarrazin: "I am very, very sad for all the team, the mechanics, engineers; everyone. Everybody did the maximum not only today but in all the preparation. We were leading the race since the start. The car was just amazing and we were not pushing too hard; we were taking no risks and managing it all quite well. But Le Mans decided against us and we stopped on track. It is a real pity. We did the maximum and we were in good shape to win this race. But Le Mans is long and anything can happen, as we saw unfortunately for us today."
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    Kazuki Nakajima: "It is heartbreaking. I don’t know what to say. I really feel for the team and for all the people who support us. I think we were doing a great race until that moment. We were leading and showing great pace. Somehow I thought maybe we could make it this time and then this happens. That’s Le Mans and that’s why we come here to take on the challenge. We will try again."

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    TS040 HYBRID #8 (Anthony Davidson, Nicolas Lapierre, Sébastien Buemi)
    Race: 3rd, 374 laps, 31 pit stops. Fastest lap: 3min 23.117secs

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    Anthony Davidson: "It was definitely an eventful race. We had the speed all along but it didn’t go right in the tricky conditions and the car was heavily damaged; from there we were on the back foot. It could have happened to anyone, it was just one of those things. I was surprised to be standing on the podium. From not even being in the top 30 after the accident to end up on the podium just goes to show the speed. The win comes to you, not the other way around in this race."
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    Nicolas Lapierre: "In the end it looks not too bad to be third at Le Mans considering what happened at the beginning of the race. The #8 crew even extended our lead in the World Championship. But it is a big disappointment. Car #7 did a great job all weekend and deserved much better than that. We deserved to be on the podium but it’s not the position we wanted. It is very frustrating for TOYOTA because we have been fighting for many years to win Le Mans and we had a great chance."
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    Sébastien Buemi: "In a way I am disappointed because we came here strong favourites but we didn’t manage to win. On the other hand we were many laps behind and came back into it and got third place. We could not have hoped for a podium after the accident. We came back a long way and did a good job. But it’s clearly a tough day for us because we were hoping for more. We are still leading both championships so that is at least a positive.

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