WEC: Toyota Hypercar laps field to win at Portimao

–by Mark Cipolloni–

The No. 8 Toyota GR010 Hybrid Hypercar that started from pole, has won the 6 Hours of Portimao World Endurance Championship race.

Brendon Hartley brought the winning car he shared with Sebastien Buemi and Ryo Hirakawa across the finish line 1 lap ahead of the #50 Ferrari 499P of Antonio Fuoco, Miguel Molina and Nicklas Nielsen.

The Toyota ran 1-2 early before the #7 broke a driveshaft and lost 7 laps in the pits

The Ferrari beat the #6 Porsche 963 of Andre Lotterer, Kevin Estre and Laurens Vanthoor by 1m04s.

Ferrari was in contention for the opening hours and able to put pressure on the winning car, spending almost five hours on the lead lap.

The Ferrari 499P in Portimão for the second round of the FIA WEC

“I felt for car 7 they kept us honest, they overtook us at the start before their issue,” Hartley admitted after the race. “I’m still convinced the others are coming and will get their ducks in a row for Le Mans.”

Completing the podium was the #6 Porsche Penske 963, on what was an extremely memorable weekend for the young LMDh program. After the IMSA arm of the team claimed the 963 its first win globally on Saturday in the IMSA Long Beach sprint race, a first WEC podium today will add to the team’s confidence going forward.

At Porsche, both its cars suffered power steering issues in the race. The #6’s was reported as persistent but not catastrophic, while the #5 had to spend time in the garage for repairs due to an electronics-focused issue for Michael Christensen late in the race. It came home last of the classified Hypercar runners.

The #2 Cadillac with Alex Lynn at the wheel came home in 4th while the #94 Peugeot rounded out the top-5.

United Autosports finished 1-2 in LMP2, the #23 of Oliver Jarvis, Giedo van der Garde and Josh Pierson beating the #22 of Phil Hanson, Frederick Lubin and Ben Hanley.

The #33 Corvette with Nicky Catsburg at the wheel held off Alessio Rovera’s #83 Ferrari 488 to win the LM GTE Am category. The battle between the two drivers went to the final lap, with Catsburg finishing 0.307 seconds ahead in the car he shares with Ben Keating and Nico Varrone.

Corvette Racing; FIA World Endurance Championship; Six Hours of Portimão; Autodromo Internacional do Algarve; April 16, 2023; Corvette C8.R No. 33 driven by Nicky Catsburg, Ben Keating, and Nico Varrone (Richard Prince/Chevrolet Photo).

Completing the podium was the #85 Iron Dames Porsche, which was in the mix throughout and came home just 25 seconds off the lead.

Just as in the season-opening victory in the 1,000 Miles of Sebring, Corvette Racing made zero mistakes on the track or in the pitlane. The team’s pitwork, especially, was a key difference in the result as it offset a pace difference due to 30 extra kilograms of success ballast due to the Sebring victory and championship lead.

That was never more clear than on the race’s final pit stop with 50 minutes remaining. Catsburg came in with the Ferrari hot on his heels but left with a nearly 10-second advantage after a fast tire change by the Corvette Racing crew and a quick out-lap by Catsburg. As evidenced by the winning margin, every second counted.

Corvette C8.R No. 33 driven by Nicky Catsburg, Ben Keating, and Nico Varrone just nips the Ferrari at the finish (Richard Prince/Chevrolet Photo).

Catsburg got in the car for the final two stints with a little less than two hours to go, and a ferocious fight developed with Rovera and his rapid Ferrari. The two cars were separated by less than a second before the race’s lone safety-car period bunched up the field. Both the Corvette and Ferrari stopped one lap after the race resumed with Catsburg greatly benefitting from the aforementioned strong Corvette pit stop.

He made the most of it, holding off the Ferrari multiple times inside the final five laps for the victory.

Hypercar Podium Winners: Center – Ryo Hirakawa (JPN) Sebastien Buemi (SUI) Brendon Hartley (NZL). TOYOTA GAZOO Racing.

Race Results

Pos Class No. Drivers Car Laps Behind
1 HYPERCAR 8 Sébastien Buemi
Brendon Hartley
Ryo Hirakawa
Toyota GR010 – Hybrid 222 0.000s
2 HYPERCAR 50 Antonio Fuoco
Miguel Molina
Nicklas Nielsen
Ferrari 499P 221 1 lap
3 HYPERCAR 6 Kevin Estre
Andre Lotterer
Laurens Vanthoor
Porsche 963 221 1 lap
4 HYPERCAR 2 Earl Bamber
Alex Lynn
Richard Westbrook
Cadillac V-Series.R 220 2 laps
5 HYPERCAR 94 Loic Duval
Gustavo Menezes
Nico Müller
Peugeot 9X8 220 2 laps
6 HYPERCAR 51 Alessandro Pier Guidi
James Calado
Antonio Giovinazzi
Ferrari 499P 219 3 laps
7 HYPERCAR 93 Paul di Resta
Mikkel Jensen
Jean-Eric Vergne
Peugeot 9X8 219 3 laps
8 HYPERCAR 708 Romain Dumas
Ryan Briscoe
Olivier Pla
Glickenhaus 007 217 5 laps
9 HYPERCAR 7 Mike Conway
Kamui Kobayashi
Jose Maria Lopez
Toyota GR010 – Hybrid 215 7 laps
10 LMP2 23 Josh Pierson
Giedo van der Garde
Oliver Jarvis
Oreca 07 215 7 laps
11 LMP2 22 Frederick Lubin
Philip Hanson
Ben Hanley
Oreca 07 215 7 laps
12 LMP2 41 Rui Andrade
Robert Kubica
Louis Deletraz
Oreca 07 215 7 laps
13 LMP2 63 Doriane Pin
Mirko Bortolotti
Daniil Kvyat
Oreca 07 215 7 laps
14 LMP2 48 David Beckmann
Ye Yifei
Antonio Felix da Costa
Oreca 07 215 7 laps
15 LMP2 9 Filip Ugran
Juan Manuel Correa
Bent Viscaal
Oreca 07 215 7 laps
16 LMP2 31 Sean Gelael
Ferdinand Habsburg
Robin Frijns
Oreca 07 215 7 laps
17 LMP2 28 David Heinemeier Hansson
Pietro Fittipaldi
Oliver Rasmussen
Oreca 07 215 7 laps
18 LMP2 36 Matthieu Vaxiviere
Julien Canal
Charles Milesi
Oreca 07 215 7 laps
19 LMP2 34 Jakub Smiechowski
Fabio Scherer
Albert Costa
Oreca 07 214 8 laps
20 LMP2 35 Andre Negrao
Memo Rojas
Olli Caldwell
Oreca 07 213 9 laps
21 LMGTE AM 33 Ben Keating
Nicolas Varrone
Nick Catsburg
Chevrolet Corvette C8.R 206 16 laps
22 LMGTE AM 83 Luis Perez Companc
Lilou Wadoux
Alessio Rovera
Ferrari 488 GTE EVO 206 16 laps
23 LMGTE AM 85 Sarah Bovy
Michelle Gatting
Rahel Frey
Porsche 911 RSR – 19 206 16 laps
24 LMGTE AM 54 Thomas Flohr
Francesco Castellacci
Davide Rigon
Ferrari 488 GTE EVO 206 16 laps
25 LMGTE AM 21 Diego Alessi
Simon Mann
Ulysse De
Ferrari 488 GTE EVO 206 16 laps
26 LMGTE AM 56 Miguel Pedro
Guilherme Moura
Matteo Cairoli
Porsche 911 RSR – 19 205 17 laps
27 LMGTE AM 77 Christian Ried
Mikkel Pedersen
Julien Andlauer
Porsche 911 RSR – 19 205 17 laps
28 LMGTE AM 25 Ahmad Al Harthy
Michael Dinan
Charles Eastwood
Aston Martin Vantage AMR 205 17 laps
29 LMGTE AM 88 Ryan Hardwick
Zacharie Robichon
Harry Tincknell
Porsche 911 RSR – 19 204 18 laps
30 LMGTE AM 57 Takeshi Kimura
Scott Huffaker
Daniel Serra
Ferrari 488 GTE EVO 204 18 laps
31 LMGTE AM 86 Michael Wainwright
Riccardo Pera
Benjamin Barker
Porsche 911 RSR – 19 204 18 laps
32 LMGTE AM 60 Claudio Schiavoni
Matteo Cressoni
Alessio Picariello
Porsche 911 RSR – 19 203 19 laps
33 LMGTE AM 98 Paul Dalla Lana
Axcil Jefferies
Nicki Thiim
Aston Martin Vantage AMR 202 20 laps
34 LMP2 10 Ryan Cullen
Matthias Kaiser
Gabriel Aubry
Oreca 07 193 29 laps
35 HYPERCAR 5 Dane Cameron
Michael Christensen
Frédéric Makowiecki
Porsche 963 189 33 laps
36 HYPERCAR 4 Tom Dillmann
Esteban Guerrieri
Jacques Villeneuve
Vanwall Vandervell 680 174 48 laps
37 LMGTE AM 777 Satoshi Hoshino
Casper Stevenson
Tomonobu Fujii
Aston Martin Vantage AMR 42 180 laps


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