Toyota Extends Championship Lead after Winning 6 Hours of Monza
The 6 hours of Monza drew a crowd 65,000+ over the weekend. Track temperatures were hot all weekend, putting the cars on grid to the test as they tackled the 6 hours of Monza. Mike Conway, Jose-Maria Lopez and Kamui Kobayashi crossed the finish line in the No. 7 Toyota GR010 Hybrid 16.250s ahead of the No. 50 AF Corse Ferrari 499P Hypercar driven by Antonio Fuoco, Nicklas Nielsen and Miguel Molina in relief. Toyota Gazoo Racing started the season off strong but have since fallen under the radar in terms of race wins due to Ferrari’s recent dominance. This was not the case in Monza. With a nearly 17 second lead at the end Toyota has made the statement that they are very much in charge in the title fight. Toyota currently sits 26 points ahead of Ferrari in the championship points standings.
In third place came the No. 93 Puegeot 9X8 driven by Jean-Eric Vergne, Paul Di Resta and Mikkel Jensen. This 3rd place finish is the team’s best result of the year. It is also their best result since they joined the World Endurance Championship in 2022.
The No. 28 JOTA P2 car took the win after a thrilling final 60 minutes of racing. In a misfortunate happening, the No. 31 WRT ORECA car was leading the race with just over 20 minutes remaining when the car suffered an engine failure. The failure handed the win to JOTA. The No. 28 car is the only car to finish on the lead lap in class. The car completed 193 laps.
The No. 33 Corvette Racing car secured the LMGTE Am championship after finishing 4th at the 6 Hours of Monza. The top three was locked out by Porsche. Dempsey – Proton Racing, Iron Lynx and GR Racing completed a 1-2-3 finish respectively for the manufacturer.
Full results are listed below