8H Portimao: Toyota wins 1-2 in 100th sportscar race as JOTA fight 1-2 to the finish

The #8 of Toyota GAZOO Racing took the win after eight hours of action at the FIA World Endurance Championship’s first Portimao attendance.

It was a thrilling Round 2 of the Season 9 schedule with dozens of battles across all categories, with an intense fight for the win in LMP2 finishing off this race in action.

Reports so far:

Heading into the penultimate hour, the results of the safety car gathering came to reality as Kevin Estre in the #92 chasing and overtaking Daniel Serra of the #52 for P2 in GTE-Pro.

One of the other fierce battles to break out was from Charles Milisi in the #31 Team WRT who was holding off the #38 JOTA of Anthony Davidson.

Their nose-to-tail, intense battle concluded with a move (out of a number of moves) which had Anthony Davidson pass at Turn 3.

Esteban Garcia in his #70 Realteam Racing was a magnet for being bumped (contact) after he was hit and spun around into the gravel by Riccardo Pera who was leading in GTE-Am in the #56.

The two JOTAs were working in sync and on a controlled pit schedule as they were pitted as a pair for the remainder of the race.

Meanwhile, 10 minutes until the final hour, the #47 Cetilar Racing fought at the GTE-Am lead with the #56 – who was forced an extra 10 seconds on their next pit stop for their earlier contact.

Then the #21 Juan Pablo Montoya clashed with the #88 and spun around, also forcing a trip to the gravel for the #31 of Robin Frijns.

With the intense fighting show between Toyota and Alpine so far, a Full-Course Yellow put them out of contention as they would need to make an additional pitstop to the Toyotas who timed the strategy.

Buemi in the #8 lead a 1-2 Toyota victory in the Japanese manufacturer’s 100th international sportscar race, with 300 laps under their belt today. It was also the Swiss’ 19th WEC victory.

They switched back and forth, twice, as part of the team orders that were enforced within the team.

Glickenhaus Racing made it to the end on their maiden efforts in the FIA WEC finishing 30th overall.

For JOTA, team orders were lesser an ordeal in LMP2 as they battled to the end in a 1-2.

Home-hero Antonio Felix Da Costa took his first ever Portimao victory with an assertive move on Tom Blomqvist at Turn 5. Both cars performed strongly to deliver on performance and strategy.

The #70 Realteam Racing of Mathias Beche (plus Norman Nato, and Esteban Garcia) took their first win in the LMP2 Pro/Am sub category.

AF Corse dominated GTE-Pro throughout the race after Porsche struggled against the prevalent tyre blistering issues.

In the Am category, the AF Corse-backed Cetilar Racing took another Ferrari victory in the final category of the WEC. The #77 and the #777 were the only retirements from this race.

1 #8 Toyota GAZOO Racing [HYPERCAR}
2 #7 Toyota GAZOO Racing [HYPERCAR]
3 #36 Alpine Elf Matmut [HYPERCAR]
4 #38 JOTA [LMP2]
5 #28 JOTA [LMP2]
6 #22 United Autosports [LMP2]
7 #31 Team WRT [LMP2]
8 #34 Inter Europol Competition (Pro/Am) [LMP2]
9 #1 Richard Mille Racing [LMP2]
10 #70 Realteam Racing (Pro/Am) [LMP2]
11 #21 DragonSpeed USA (Pro/Am) [LMP2]
12 #20 High Class Racing [LMP2]
13 #29 Racing Team Nederland [LMP2]
14 #51 AF Corse [GTE-PRO]
15 #52 AF Corse [GTE-PRO]
16 #92 Porsche GT Team [GTE-PRO]
17 #91 Porsche GT Team [GTE-PRO]
18 #47 Cetilar Racing [GTE-AM]
19 #56 Team Project 1 [GTE-AM]
20 #54 AF Corse [GTE-AM]
21 #98 Aston Martin Racing [GTE-AM]
22 #57 Kessel Racing [GTE-AM]
23 #60 Iron Lynx [GTE-AM]
24 #85 Iron Lynx [GTE-AM]
25 #33 TF Sport [GTE-AM]
26 #88 Dempsey-Proton Racing [GTE-AM]
27 #86 GR Racing [GTE-AM]
28 #83 AF Corse [GTE-AM]
29 #44 ARC Bratislava (Pro/Am) [LMP2]
30 #709 Glickenhaus Racing [HYPERCAR]
31 #77 Dempsey-Proton Racing [GTE-AM] *DNF
32 #777 D’station Racing [GTE-AM] *DNF