Toyota bag first victory in Bahrain

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Toyota Racing picked up their first victory of the 2013 World Endurance Championship (WEC) in the 6 Hours of Bahrain – the final WEC race of the year, writes James Beckett.

The No.8 Toyota TS030 Hybrid of Brackley’s Anthony Davidson, Sébastien Buemi and Stéphane Sarrazin scored victory, although the team’s No.7 car was a retirement.

The margin of victory at the fall of the chequered flag for Davidson and Toyota team-mates was just over one minute from the number 1 Audi R18 e-tron quattro of André Lotterer, Benoît Tréluyer and Marcel Fässler.

However, the world championship-winning Audi Sport team suffered problems in the race when their 2013 champion line-up of Allan McNish, Tom Kristensen and Loic Duval was forced out of contention when they suffered a rare drivetrain problem.

Silverstone-based G-Drive Racing bagged their fourth class success of the season with their Number 26 Oreca 03-Nissan in the hands of Roman Rusinov, Mike Conway and Silverstone-based John Martin. The trio finished third overall, a remarkable achievement in an LMP2 specification car, but despite the podium placing the team missed out on the class title.

The 2014 FIA WEC season will start with the 6 Hours of Silverstone on April 20.