TOYOTA GAZOO Racing won the first race of the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC), which started the Hyper Car era. The first hybrid hyper car of World Champion Toyota to reach the checkered flag in the 2021 Hours Spa-Francorchamps race, which is the first challenge of the 6 season, was the GR010 HYBRID.
As the legendary track in Belgium once again witnessed an exciting race, Toyota managed to set the pace. Sébastien Buemi, Kazuki Nakajima and Brendon Hartley, who competed in the number 8 car, put up a tough challenge with their teammates during the weekend, finishing the race in first place.
In the 162 Hours Spa-Francorchamps race, which lasted 6 laps, the GR8 HYBRID # 010 took the first place by being 1 minute 7.196 seconds ahead of its closest rival. Following this victory, TOYOTA GAZOO Racing has won five consecutive championships in Belgium, on the way to their third consecutive championship.
However, World Champions Mike Conway, Kamui Kobayashi and José María López, who competed with the GR7 HYBRID number 010 in this race on the Spa-Francorchamps Circuit, started from pole position. Struggling for the win, Toyota pilots finished third after a few setbacks.
Team captain Hisatake Murata stated that the new era in the World Endurance Championship will become extremely competitive, “Despite all the difficulties encountered, mechanics, engineers and pilots made a great effort and made us take place on the podium with our two vehicles. We made a strong start to the new generation races. We will continue to learn about the GR010 HYBRID and develop it further. "We saw the things we needed to improve during the race in Belgium and we will work hard by focusing on them especially before the Le Mans race," he said.
WEC's next race will be held on 13 June in Portugal. TOYOTA GAZOO Racing aims to be at the top of the podium once again in the 8 Hours of Portimao race.