Alonso, Buemi and Nakajima take the victory at Silverstone

Alonso, Buemi and Nakajima take the victory at Silverstone

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Alonso, Buemi and Nakajima, Photo: Toyota

The №8 Toyota Gazoo Racing TS050 Hybrid took the win at the end of a thrilling 6 Hours of Silverstone. Fernando Alonso, Sebastien Buemi and Kazuki Nakajima stand on the top step of the podium for the third time from three starts in 2018.

№7 Toyota of Mike Conway, Kamui Kobayashi and Jose-Maria Lopez finished second after leading for a large part of the race. However a damage floor affected the pace in the final hour of the race.

The two Rebellions R13-Gibson finished as the top non hybrid competitor. The №3 R13 of Gustavo Menezes, Mathias Beche and Thomas Laurent claiming the final podium position after a late unscheduled pitstop for the 1 car.

Jenson Button however didn’t get to race in his home race in front of the British fans. After the №11 SMP Racing BR1-AER retired after 45 minutes, Mikhail Aleshin climbing out of the cockpit.

With three wins from 3 starts Fernando Alonso, Sebastien Buemi and Kazuki Nakajima extend their championship lead to 26 points with 90 points in total.

There was a dramatic battle in the LM GTE Pro category. James Calado and Alessandro Pier Guidi getting their title defense back on track with their first podium of the season.

The Anglo-Italian duo however finished 12 seconds ahead of Porsche 911 of Bruni and Lietz. Number 67 Ford GT of Andy Priaulx and Harry Tincknell taking the final podium position after a battle with the №92 Porsche in the final minutes of the race.

The LMP2 battle concluded with a 1-2 for the Jackie Chan DC Racing team. The №38 Oreca of Ho-Pin Tung finishing just over a second ahead of teammate Jazeman Jaafar in the 37 car.  The podium ws completed by the №36 Signatech Alpine A470, which finished two laps behind the victorious Jackie Chan Orecas.

The №77 Dempsey-Proton Racing Porsche however crossed the line at the head of the LMGTE Am category. He was 46 seconds ahead of the no90 TF Sport Aston Martin. The 56 Team Project 1 Porsche snatching the final podium position.

The next race will be the 6 Hours of Fuji on Sunday 14 October in Japan.

 

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