Conway, Kobayashi and Lopez take tight Toyota win at Silverstone.
Jose Maria Lopez, Mike Conway and Kamui Kobayashi headed a 1-2 finish for Toyota Gazoo Racing at the 4 Hours of Silverstone.
The pole-winning number 7 car of Lopez held on despite a late challenge from the sister car of Kazuki Nakajima to take victory by a mere 1.901 seconds. However Toyota wouldn’t have everything its own way as after it lost the lead to both Rebellion Racing R13 Gibsons during a Full Course Yellow period, only to fight back in the first hour.
Brendon Hartley looked set to challenge for victory until a prolonged stop handing over to teammate Kazuki Nakajima handed the advantage to the number 7 TS050 Hybrid despite a nervous moment from the Lopez in the final laps.
The number 3 Rebellion of Pipo Derani, Nathanael Berthon and Loic Duval took the final podium position after losing further time in the pits due to a technical infringement.
Swiss squad, Cool Racing claimed an LMP2 victory on debut, with Nico Lapierre and Antonin Borga sharing the win ahead of the number 36 Signatech Alpine entry when Thomas Laurent overtook Cool Racing’s Frits van Eerd when he was forced to make a late tyre change.
Gianmaria Bruni and Richard Lietz were able to give the new 911 RSR a 1-2 finish on debut, as both Porsches made the early call to go to wets at the halfway mark while AF Corse stayed on slicks.
Aston Martin also paid the penalty for making an extra pit stop, effectively dashing any hope of victory. Likewise, the number 51 Ferrari of Alessandro Pier Guidi briefly fought back into contention until a penalty for passing under the safety car dropped the Italian down to fourth.
The lead for GTE Am changed multiple times during the race, with Nicklas Nielsen, Francois Perrodo and Emmanuel Collard eventually taking victory for AF Corse in the number 83 Ferrari, ahead of Paul Dalla Lana, Darren Turner and Ross Gunn Aston Martin Vantage and Kei Cozzolino for MR Racing.
Matt Campbell lost the class lead after pitting with just 20 minutes remaining, with the Dempsey-Proton Racing driver eventually fighting back to take fifth behind Gulf Racing’s Ben Barker.
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