6H Monza: Toyota victorious overall and United Autosports dominate thrilling race in LMP2

The pole-sitting #7 Toyota charged to victory after six hours of thrilling action at the 6 Hours of Monza, Round 3 of FIA WEC Season 9.

2H REPORT – 6H Monza: Bittersweet for Toyota with race lead and troubles into 2-hour mark

4H REPORT – 6H Monza: Hypercar drama as United Autosports assert LMP2 dominance at fourth hour

Glickenhaus Racing performed an eight-minute-long front brake change to return them back amongst the LMP2 field, but they would go on to assert already-proven pace for the rest of the race.

The #22 United Autosports was being held well at the lead of the LMP2 field, as Fabio Scherer completed a strong double-stint.

He handed the car to Filipe Albuquerque to take the car home with a double-stint run.

A recurring battle for the final spot on the GTE-Am podium created a thrilling spectacle.

Matteo Cairoli in his #56 Porsche and Augusto Farfus’s #98 Aston Martin dueled intensely, but Farfus came out on top on a charge for D’station Racing.

The #83 AF Corse which started last at the beginning was leading the GTE-Am category in-front of their home spectators.

Into the final hour of the race, the leading #36 Alpine Elf Matmut of Matthieu Vaxiviere was being chased by a rapid Mike Conway who was on pole position until the Alpine pitted with 40 minutes left.

The race’s second Full-Course-Yellow was deployed for seven minutes to repair a damaged curb at the Ascari chicane.

Toyota was under a close call for their final pit stop for an infringement, but were given a warning.

It was a 25-minute sprint to the end of the race and both GTE classes were in the main frame of action.

Home hero Alessandro Pier Guidi put on a fight to the end in pursuit to claim a victory off the Kevin Estre in the #92, and this fight ran right to the final two minutes until they needed to make a quick pitstop for the extra lap at the end of the race.

Meanwhile, the GTE-Am fight for P2 lasted for the final 20 minutes and to the last lap.

Augusto Farfus asserted strong pace to battle side-by-side and then overtook the #777 of Tobonano Fujii for P2 in the category, on the final lap of the six-hour race.

It was a home victory in GTE-Am with the #83 taking victory from the last spot on the grid six hours ago.

In GTE-Pro, it was the #92 that sought victory after their ongoing battles with Ferrari.

The LMP2 category presented a close fight between the #31 and the #22 until the three-hour mark when United Autosports build a momentous gap to dominate in the class.

This is their eighth consecutive FIA WEC podium appearance, and a fourth time for the championship to have an LMP2 on the overall podium (the first for United).

Toyota GAZOO Racing’s #7 pole-sitter went on take victory with four out of the five Hypercars experiencing dramas throughout.

Glickenhaus finished fourth overall in the #709, and the #708 retired due to a gearbox issue earlier on.

OVERALL POSITION TEAM
1 #7 Toyota GAZOO Racing [HYPERCAR]
2 #36 Alpine Elf Matmut [HYPERCAR]
3 #22 United Autosports [LMP2]
4 #709 Glickenhaus Racing [HYPERCAR]
5 #31 Team WRT [LMP2]
6 #29 Racing Team Nederland (Pro/Am) [LMP2]
7 #34 Inter Europol Competition (Pro/Am) [LMP2]
8 #28 JOTA [LMP2]
9 #21 DragonSpeed USA (Pro/Am) [LMP2]
10 #70 Realteam Racing (Pro/Am) [LMP2]
11 #1 Richard Mille Racing [LMP2]
12 #20 High Class Racing [LMP2]
13 #82 Risi Competizione [LMP2]
14 #44 ARC Bratislava (Pro/Am) [LMP2]
15 #92 Porsche GT Team [GTE-PRO]
16 #51 AF Corse [GTE-PRO]
17 #91 Porsche GT Team [GTE-PRO]
18 #52 AF Corse [GTE-PRO]
19 #83 AF Corse [GTE-AM]
20 #98 Aston Martin Racing [GTE-AM]
21 #777 D’station Racing [GTE-AM]
22 #56 Team Project 1 [GTE-AM]
23 #77 Dempsey-Proton Racing [GTE-AM]
24 #88 Dempsey-Proton Racing [GTE-AM]
25 #54 AF Corse [GTE-AM]
26 #85 Iron Lynx [GTE-AM]
27 #86 GR Racing [GTE-AM]
28 #61 AF Corse [GTE-AM]
29 #388 Rinaldi Racing [GTE-AM]
30 #46 Team Project 1 [GTE-AM]
31 #47 Cetilar Racing [GTE-AM]
32 #33 TF Sport [GTE-AM]
33 #38 JOTA [LMP2]
34 #8 Toyota GAZOO Racing [HYPERCAR]
35 #708 Glickenhaus Racing [HYPERCAR] *DNF
36 #60 Iron Lynx [GTE-AM] *DNF