The defense of the title of the Wec from the Argentine Jose Maria Lopez, English Mike conway and the Japanese Kamui Kobayashi started with a podium after finishing third in the 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps.
El Toyota GR010 HYBRID N ° 7 of Toyota GAZOO Racing of the trio López, Conway and Kobayashi was a great reference in the first part of the race held on the Belgian circuit after starting from pole position.
The champions fought for the lead with the other prototype of the Japanese team driven by the Swiss Sebastien Buemi, the New Zealander Brendon Hartley and the Japanese Kazuki Nakajima; and the Alpine 480-Gibson of Alpine Elf Matmut of the french Nicolas Lapierre y Matthieu Vaxiviere and Brazilian André Negrão, who finally were left with the victory.
During the first shift of driving, Conway began to suffer from brake problems, which were exacerbated when Lopez got behind the wheel. In fact, the Cordovan continued long into a curve and even collided with a laggard in braking.
The failure was aggravated in the turn of Kobayashi, who continued long in a curve and was in the bed of leca losing a lap. The incident occurred at the time the F1 He was trying to establish himself at the head of the general.
The incident was well exploited by the Alpine Elf Matmut trio, who captured first place. However, 40 minutes before the checkered flag, he had to enter the pits for his final stoppage, leaving the victory on a plate to Buemi, Nakajima and Hartley.
The triumph in the LMP2 it was left for him United Autosports with english Philip hanson, the Swiss Fabio Scherer and the Portuguese Filipe Albuquerque, who led the Oreca 07-Gibson to fourth place overall.
The Argentinian Franco Colapino, who shared a Aurus 01-Gibson of G-Drive Racing with the russian Roman Rusinov and the Dutch Nyck de Vries, he left in the final part of the competition when he was fifth in the general and second in the LMP2.
The next date of the tournament will be 8 Hours from Portimao The 13 of June.