Davidson ends season on a high

Champions Anthony Davidson (right) and Sebastien Buemi are winners of the 2014 FIA World Endurance Championship
Champions Anthony Davidson (right) and Sebastien Buemi are winners of the 2014 FIA World Endurance Championship

Brackley’s Anthony Davidson, and his team-mate Sebastien Buemi finished the eighth and final round of the 2014 FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) – the 6 Hours of Interlagos – in second to strengthen their position at the top of the points table.

The Toyota pairing arrived in Brazil for the season-ending race with the 2014 title already sewn-up, but victory in final race eluded them.

Finishing second behind the Porsche of Romain Dumas, Neel Jani and Marc Lieb, the Toyota duo were able to extend their championship lead over the chasing Audi trio of Benoit Treluyer, Marcel Fassler and Andre Lotterer.

The race ended under Safety Car conditions following a heavy accident involving the Porsche of Mark Webber just 30 minutes from the chequered flag. Webber’s car made heavy impact with a concrete retaining wall after colliding with with the Ferrari 458 Italia of Matteo Cressoni.

Webber spent the night in hospital, but has now been released to travel back to the UK.

Davidson said: “We hoped that we might be in a position to win the final race of the season, but sadly we weren’t able to beat Porsche on this occasion. Everyone was worried about Mark after his crash. I think the whole WEC community was very pleased to hear that he was not badly injured.

“It has been an amazing season and to win the championship, and also the Manufacturers’ title, is a major boost.

“Moving forward we want to retain the titles in 2015 while also adding the Le Mans 24-Hour Race victory to our tally. That would be an ultimate aim for the team.”

At the end of the season, Toyota not only claimed the Drivers’ title with Davidson and Buemi, but also scooped the Manufacturer Championship title, 45 points clear of Audi. Porsche secured third.

Former Buckingham University student, Marc Gene, was classified 12th in the final WEC points table courtesy of his second-place finish in the Le Mans 24-Hours with Lucas di Grassi and Tom Kristensen for Audi in June.