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WEC: #8 Toyota wins 8 Hours of Portimao after late tactics

It was a second win for the #8 Toyota crew in Hyperclass.

The #8 Toyota took their second win of WEC season in 8 Hours of Portimao after a late switch on sister #7 car in Hypercar class.

Here’s a summary of the WEC race:

Hypercar -

•    No.8 Toyota GR010-Hybrid Hypercar driven at the chequered flag by Sebastien Buemi takes victory in the WEC 8 Hours of Portimao

•    No.8 crew run an early fuel save strategy which pays dividends at end of race as they are able make it count, with one less pit stop. This looked set to enable Buemi to lead home sister No.7 GR010-Hybrid Hypercar driven by Jose-Maria Lopez for final stint

•    But late Full Course Yellow enables Lopez to catch Buemi with just 18 minutes of race remaining and Toyota implement race management plan

•    But positions are then swapped again and Buemi is able to lead Lopez home to take victory in Toyota’s 100th international sportscar race

•    Alpine ELF Matmut place third after taking the fight to Toyota and leading large sections of the race. Nicolas Lapierre, Matthieu Vaxiviere and Andre Negrao claim second consecutive podium for Signature run team

LMP2 -

•    Jota takes memorable 1-2 result as No.38 Oreca-Gibson of Antonio Felix da Costa, Anthony Davidson and Roberto Gonzalez take incredible last gasp victory

•    Tom Blomqvist, Stoffel Vandoorne and Sean Gelael take second after epic fightback in race to the line with sister Jota car

•    Blomqvist, who was spun around on the first lap, looked like he would keep da Costa at bay in final stages but local hero makes stunning move with just five minutes remaining

•    United Autosports USA round out the podium as Paul di Resta, Phil Hanson and Wayne Boyd finish third

•    Pro/Am honours go to the Real Team Racing squad as Esteban Garcia, Norman Nato and Mathias Beche who take seventh in LMP2 class

LMGTE Pro -

•    Ferrari secures 1-2 finish after crucial tyre management plays out in its favour

•    James Calado celebrates 32nd birthday with champagne as he and teammate Alessandro Pierguidi in No.51 AF Corse Ferrari lead majority of race to bounce back from Spa disappointment

•    No.52 AF Corse Ferrari driven by Daniel Serra and Miguel Molina takes second to seal perfect day for the Prancing Horse

•    No.92 Porsche 911 RSR-19 of Kevin Estre, Neel Jani and Michael Christensen claim final rung of podium

•    Gimmi Bruni, Richard Lietz and Frederic Makowiecki finish in fourth position with No.91 Porsche 911 RSR-19

LMGTE Am  -

•    Cetilar Racing Ferrari take first victory in WEC with controlled to race head home Team Project 1 Porsche by just eight seconds

•    Race for the lead becomes a ‘Battle of the Young Italians’ as Antonio Fuoco defends firmly from Riccardo Pera

•    No.54 AF Corse entry of Francesco Castellacci, Thomas Flohr and Giancarlo Fisichella claim third position

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

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

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