Toyota secured a one-two finish in the opening round of the FIA World Endurance Championship superseason at Spa, with Fernando Alonso’s car taking a narrow win.
The #8 Toyota Hybrid Fernando shared with Sebastien Buemi and Kazuki Nakajima looked to be on course for an untroubled victory for the majority of the race, helped by the sister #7 car being forced to start from the pitlane.
By the time the #7 Toyota had recovered to second place in the third hour, the #8 car was the best part of a minute ahead, despite Nakajima having to make an extra pitstop for his seatbelts not being fastened correctly and then spinning at La Source shortly afterwards.
The two Toyotas circulated around a minute apart until a late safety car period was caused by a big crash for Matevos Isaakyan in the #17 SMP Racing BR1-AER at the top of Eau Rouge.
That bunched up the pack, not long after Alonso had taken over from Nakajima for the final double stint, and Mike Conway took the restart hot on the Spaniard’s heels, escaping a penalty for overtaking under the safety car.
However, despite closing to within a second of the two-time Formula 1 champion at one stage, Conway never attempted a pass, and crossed the line 1.4 seconds behind Alonso, who claimed his first race victory since the 2013 Spanish Grand Prix.
|2018 WEC 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps Race Results|