Double Shanghai Podium for TOYOTA GAZOO Racing | Toyota | Global Newsroom
That result ends a seven-race winning run for the TS050 HYBRID in its farewell season and leaves TOYOTA GAZOO Racing with a 27-point advantage over Rebellion in the teams’ World Championship.
At the start, Kamui made instant progress from fourth on the grid, overtaking the Rebellion and, briefly, Ginetta #5 before the #7 stabilised in third. In contrast, Sébastien in the #8, which started fifth, dropped into the LMP2 pack but drove with patience to move into fourth.
Sébastien then closed in on third-placed Kamui and overtook on lap 12. After 45 minutes of action, both cars made their first stops and took on fuel only, with fast pit work by the mechanics getting both TS050 HYBRIDs back into the race an impressive 10secs faster than the leading Ginettas.
That allowed Sébastien to leapfrog Ginetta #5 for second place and he soon took the lead, showing better pace than his rival in their respective second stints on the same tyres. The #8 continued to lead until lap 40 when Rebellion #1, on new tyres, overtook despite a valiant defence from Sébastien.