A thrilling finale to the 6 Hours of Spa played out this evening as Toyota claimed its first 1-2 finish since the 6 Hours of Shanghai in 2014.
Sébastien Buemi held off Kamui Kobayashi in the final stage amid light rain on the legendary 7km Spa-Francorchamps circuit to win by just 1.992s in a grandstand finish.
It was the second consecutive victory for the #8 Toyota Gazoo Racing TS050 HYBRID of Buemi and his teammates Anthony Davidson and Kazuki Nakajima.
Mike Conway and Kamui Kobayashi, driving as a duo after teammate José María López was ruled out through a back injury, looked to have been in prime position to take the win but were unfortunate to lose out in both of the Full course Yellow periods.
Porsche LMP Team took third place with the #2 Porsche 919 Hybrid team of Brendon Hartley, Earl Bamber and Timo Bernhard, while the sister #1 crew of Neel Jani, André Lotterer and Nick Tandy took fourth position.
In LMP2 Alex Lynn, Roman Rusinov and Pierre Thiriet claimed victory from the #31 Vaillante Rebellion trio of Bruno Senna, Nicolas Prost and Julien Canal.
It looked like it would be a close finish between the two but a final hour issue for the Vaillante Rebellion ensured that G-Drive took maximum points from the weekend.
The LMGTE Pro class saw a 1-2 finish for the AF Corse Ferrari team after a thrilling battle throughout the six hour contest at Spa today.
Early in the race a sensational fight between the #71 Sam Bird and Davide Rigon 488 GTE challenger and the #51 car of Alessandro Pier Guidi and James Calado entertained the large Spa crowd as the cars touch several times fighting for position.
The two Ferraris were almost tied together for the entire races, but Bird eventually broke free in the final stint of the race to take his and Rigon’s second win in as many years at the Belgian venue.
Ford Chip Ganassi Racing placed third and fourth with Olivier Pla, Stefan Mucke and Billy Johnson in the #66 Ford GT leading the sister #67 car.
Andy Priaulx, Harry Tincknell and Pipo Derani fought back from fuel related issues to retain their GT FIA World Endurance Drivers Championship points lead.
It was a disappointing day for Porsche GT Team and Aston Martin Racing as they had to make do with lower points scoring positions at Spa.
|Pos||Team||Driver 1||Driver 2||Driver 3||Class||Gap|
|1||Toyota Gazoo Racing||Sébastien BUEMI||Anthony DAVIDSON||Kazuki NAKAJIMA||LMP1-H||6:00’11.490|
|2||Toyota Gazoo Racing||Mike CONWAY||Kamui KOBAYASHI||LMP1-H||1.992|
|3||Porsche LMP Team||Timo BERNHARD||Earl BAMBER||Brendon HARTLEY||LMP1-H||35.283|
|4||Porsche LMP Team||Neel JANI||André LOTTERER||Nick TANDY||LMP1-H||1’25.438|
|5||Toyota Gazoo Racing||Stéphane SARRAZIN||Yuji KUNIMOTO||Nicolas LAPIERRE||LMP1-H||2 Laps|
|6||Bykolles Racing Team||Oliver WEBB||Dominik KRAIHAMER||James ROSSITER||LMP1||12 Laps|
|7||G-Drive Racing||Roman RUSINOV||Pierre THIRIET||Alex LYNN||LMP2||13 Laps|
|8||Vaillante Rebellion||Julien CANAL||Nicolas PROST||Bruno SENNA||LMP2||13 Laps|
|9||Jackie Chan DC Racing||Ho-Pin TUNG||Oliver JARVIS||Thomas LAURENT||LMP2||13 Laps|
|10||Vaillante Rebellion||Mathias BECHE||David HEINEMEIER HANSSON||Nelson PIQUET JR||LMP2||14 Laps|
|11||Signatech Alpine Matmut||Romain DUMAS||Gustavo MENEZES||Matthew RAO||LMP2||14 Laps|
|12||Signatech Alpine Matmut||Pierre RAGUES||André NEGRÃO||Nelson PANCIATICI||LMP2||15 Laps|
|13||CEFC Manor TRS Racing||Tor GRAVES||Jonathan HIRSCHI||Jean-Eric VERGNE||LMP2||15 Laps|
|14||CEFC Manor TRS Racing||Roberto GONZALEZ||Simon TRUMMER||Vitaly PETROV||LMP2||15 Laps|
|15||TDS Racing||François PERRODO||Ben HANLEY||Emmanuel COLLARD||LMP2||15 Laps|
|16||Jackie Chan DC Racing||David CHENG||Alex BRUNDLE||Tristan GOMMENDY||LMP2||17 Laps|
|17||AF Corse||Davide RIGON||Sam BIRD||LMGTE Pro||22 Laps|
|18||AF Corse||James CALADO||Alessandro PIER GUIDI||LMGTE Pro||23 Laps|
|19||Ford Chip Ganassi Team UK||Stefan MÜCKE||Olivier PLA||Billy JOHNSON||LMGTE Pro||23 Laps|
|20||Ford Chip Ganassi Team UK||Andy PRIAULX||Harry TINCKNELL||Luis Felipe DERANI||LMGTE Pro||23 Laps|
|21||Porsche GT Team||Richard LIETZ||Frédéric MAKOWIECKI||LMGTE Pro||24 Laps|
|22||Porsche GT Team||Michael CHRISTENSEN||Kevin ESTRE||LMGTE Pro||24 Laps|
|23||Aston Martin Racing||Darren TURNER||Jonathan ADAM||Daniel SERRA||LMGTE Pro||25 Laps|
|24||Aston Martin Racing||Nicki THIIM||Marco SØRENSEN||Richie STANAWAY||LMGTE Pro||25 Laps|
|25||Aston Martin Racing||Paul DALLA LANA||Pedro LAMY||Mathias LAUDA||LMGTE Am||27 Laps|
|26||Dempsey-Proton Racing||Christian RIED||Matteo CAIROLI||Marvin DIENST||LMGTE Am||27 Laps|
|27||Clearwater Racing||Weng Sun MOK||Keita SAWA||Matt GRIFFIN||LMGTE Am||28 Laps|
|28||Spirit of Race||Thomas FLOHR||Francesco CASTELLACCI||Miguel MOLINA||LMGTE Am||29 Laps|
|29||Tockwith Motorsports||Nigel MOORE||Philip HANSON||Karun CHANDHOK||LMP2||22 Laps|
|30||Gulf Racing UK||Michael WAINWRIGHT||Benjamin BARKER||Nicholas FOSTER||LMGTE Am||97 Laps|