Intense and controversial. So were the 8 Hours from Portimao, second date of Wec that was done in the Algarve International Autodrome. The victory was for the trio made up of the Swiss Sébastien Buemithe Japanese Kazuki Nakajima and the New Zealander Brendon Hartley with the Toyota GR010 HYBRID of Toyota GAZOO Racing.
For the winning trio this victory has a double flavor as it is the second in a row after that of the 6 Hours Spa -Something that allows them to reinforce their first place in the contest- and for getting it in the XNUMXth Toyota presentation at the highest level of endurance racing.
This triumph, however, was overshadowed by a series of team orders which in this case were to the detriment of the Argentine Jose Maria Lopez, English Mike conway and the Japanese Kamui kobasyahi, which with the other prototype of the Japanese team came in second place.
Pechito López had a prominent role in this test. The man from Cordoba was responsible for starting and defining the race. Unfortunately, Toyota's strategy prevented the Cordovan from having any concrete chances to win and fight the victory against Buemi, with whom he faced in the last laps.
The French Nicolas Lapierre y Matthieu Vaxiviere and Brazilian André Negrao, With the Alpine A480 of Alpine Elf Matmut Endurance Team, finished in third position after starting from pole position.
The third date of the contest will be 6 Hours of Monza July 16. This appointment will be the previous one to the main course of the year: 24 Hours of Le Mans to be held on August 21 and 22.