Toyota Gazoo Racing drivers Kamui Kabayashi, Jose Maria Lopez and Mike Conway won in the dramatic weather hit by the 6 p.m. Spa-Francorsch.
The trio best mastered the conditions by surviving a race that was severely interrupted, which included three red flags, six safety cars and five yellow ones. In fact, less than half of the six-hour race took place under a green flag.
For Toyota it was the first win of the season, and could well be a 1-2 finish. Sister №8 Toyota took the lead in the 90th minute of the race. After the first long red stop led to the conclusion that the car did not start properly, it failed the hybrid and drove the car out of the race.
After a spectacular exit from the first race in Sebring Jose Maria Lopez brought the car home first with a gap of 27 seconds from the only Alpine.
Alpine racers Mathieu Vaxivier, Nicola Lapierre and Andre Negrao did not suffer from problems, despite the fact that they did not have the maximum pace of “Toyota” in the Spa in the race.
Alpine’s second place ensures they will increase their lead in the 2022 standings as both Toyotas have left one of the first two races.
Third in the overall standings was car # 31 Team WRT LMP2, driven by Rene Rast, Sean Gelael and Robin Freins.
Frances led most of the race, and when the rain was at its best, he even managed to beat the Hypercars. In the last two hours, when the track dried up, the car №31 was eventually overhauled.
On the penultimate lap there was a fright when Rast crashed into a spinning back marker, one way or another, he escaped without cattle and won the LMP2 class.
At the pole that sat Hypercar, Glickenhaus headed for most of the first hour. The car remained in dispute for most of the race, however the inconsistency led to the slips being incorrectly set too early, and led to them going down a circle down, they finished ninth overall.
The dominant winners of the LMP2 class are Ferdinand Habsburg, Rui Andrade and Norman Nata for Realteam from the WRT.
Despite a series of incidents, JOTA № 38 by Will Stevens, Antonio Felix da Costa and Roberto Gonzalez took final place on the LMP2 podium.
Australian James Allen had a tough day, he finished out of the top 10 in the LMP2 class.
An exciting battle took place in GTE Pro, the three best cars were divided by only 1.2 seconds.
Before the race Ferrari could not be compared to Porsche and Corvette at the pace of Spa Francorsch until it rained.
Excellent strategy in difficult conditions meant that Ferrari spent 1-2 an hour before the end, but Porsche № 92 with Michael Christensen at the helm was charging.
He made his way to about 52 Ferraras in about half an hour before there was a tense struggle for leadership.
James Calado in the car №51 did not put his foot wrong, he was forced to defend in many cases, including in the chicane of the bus stop on the last wheel, but he refrained from winning.
Calado and his teammate Alessandro Pierre Guidi defeated Christensen and Kevin Estre with a score of 0.523, while Miguel Malina and Antonio Foucault closed the podium.
The only Corvette was fourth, ahead of the Porsche № 91, which lost a tire on the first lap after contact with Christensen.
Christian Reed, Sebastian Prio and Harry Tinknel won the GTE Am class just 1.5 seconds away from # 33 TF Sport Aston Martin, and third – Northwest AMR Aston Martin.
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