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WEC: #8 Toyota opens 2021 season with a win in 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps

The Hypercar class sees Toyota win the opening round.

The #8 Toyota opened the 2021 WEC season with a win in 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps as Hypercar class makes it debut.

Here's a summary of the WEC race:

Hypercar -

•    No.8 Toyota driven by Sebastien Buemi, Kazuki Nakajima and Brendon Hartley earns first win of 2021 FIA WEC season at Spa taking the first ever victory for a Hypercar design

•    Race long battle for the Toyota GR010-Hybrid with Alpine A480 goes Toyota’s way as Sebastien Buemi takes chequered flag ahead of Andre Negrao driven Alpine in second

•    No.7 Toyota has a troubled race after off track incident, penalty for contact and a final hour on-track stoppage but is able to take third place points in Hypercar

LMP2 -

•    United Autosports USA takes crushing LMP2 victory as Filipe Albuquerque, Fabio Scherer and Phil Hanson stake claim to retain titles

•    Albuquerque enjoys sizeable gap to rest of competition in dominant display

•    JOTA come through the field and take second and third places with No.28 car driven by Tom Blomqvist, Stoffel Vandoorne and Sean Geleal were set to be runners-up position

•    But late race penalty for contact with Alpine Hypercar sees No.38 Jota Oreca-Gibson of Anthony Davidson, Roberto Gonzalez and Antonio Felix da Costa snatch second

•    Penalty drops No.28 car to a frustrated third place

LMGTE Pro -

•    No.92 Porsche GT Team 911 RSR–19 driven by Kevin Estre and Neel Jani takes a comprehensive victory in LMGTE Pro

•    Win is the second win at Spa in as many years for Estre, while Jani makes a winning return to WEC after three years away

•    Porsche leads vast majority of race despite an early race tyre issue

•    No.51 AF Corse Ferrari driven by Alessandro Pierguidi and James Calado take second place, while sister car of Miguel Molina and Daniel Serra claiming final rung of podium

•    Oliver Gavin signs off incredible 30 year racing career with fourth place finish alongside teammate Antonio Garcia in Chevrolet Corvette C8.R.

LMGTE Am -

•    No.83 AF Corse Ferrari driven by Francois Perrodo, Alessio Rovera and Nicklas Nielsen take comfortable win in LMGTE Am

•    Reigning champions head home pole winning No.33 TF Sport Aston Martin of Ben Keating, Dylan Pereira and Felipe Fraga

•    No.88 Dempsey-Proton looked set to complete podium to ensure three different manufacturers in top three positions but late penalty sees Cetilar Racing take third

Here's the full results: fiawec.alkamelsystems.com/index.html

[Note: The above is as per FIA WEC press release with no edits made]

[Image courtesy: Toyota]

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