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Toyota: New Track Curbing Led to Damage, Silverstone DQ

New circuit curbing at Silverstone led to damage to skid blocks…

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Toyota Gazoo Racing says the installation of new track curbing at Silverstone Circuit indirectly led to the disqualification of both cars from Sunday’s FIA World Endurance Championship round.

The race-winning No. 8 Toyota TS050 Hybrid of Fernando Alonso, Sebastien Buemi and Kazuki Nakajima, as well as the sister, second-placed No. 7 entry were excluded from the results after failing post-race skid deflection tests.

In a statement released late Sunday, the Japanese manufacturer said the design and construction of the skid block had not changed on the car since the beginning of the 2017 season, and passed similar tests, most recently at Spa earlier this year.

Of note, both Toyotas had bodywork changes during the race, with the No. 8 car having a nose change in the fifth hour and the rear deck swapped out on the No. 7 car late in the running.

“Both cars suffered damage to their respective front floor areas during the race due to impacts against the new curbs at Silverstone,” the statement read.

“Regrettably, this also caused both cars to fail deflection tests in post-race scrutineering.”

Toyota is now “evaluating” its next course of action, hinting that it could appeal the ruling.

The exclusions have handed the overall victory to the No. 3 Rebellion R13 Gibson of Gustavo Menezes, Mathias Beche and Thomas Laurent.

It is the first outright win in WEC competition for a privateer entrant and first for a non-hybrid since Spa 2012.

John Dagys is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Sportscar365 as well as the recently launched e-racing365 Web site for electric racing. Dagys spent eight years as a motorsports correspondent for Channel, and contributes to other publications worldwide. Contact John



  1. FlyingLobster27

    August 20, 2018 at 4:49 am

    “most recently at Spa” – so er, this wasn’t checked at Le Mans?
    Sebring might actually be interesting then. Until then, it’s time for Toyota to cut the fun: they’ve thrown a substantial championship lead away, it’s in the “best interest of the team” (paraphrasing Vasselon) to run more slowly and order the 8 ahead, to seal those championships by Spa ’19. They do not want to go into LM ’19 with a chance of losing either title.

  2. Mikeb

    August 20, 2018 at 5:53 am

    Re surfacing at Silverstone an absolute disgrace. Everyone complaining from F1 down. Who is culpable?

    • u

      August 20, 2018 at 7:29 am

      all your fault.

  3. therandomguy

    August 20, 2018 at 8:35 am

    Excuses excuses Toyota Rebellion did the same and DQ’d so cannot do all the blaming Just hope for the sport that Toyota accept the decision and not appeal and if they do appeal it gets upheld.

  4. Tim Lawrence

    August 20, 2018 at 9:08 am

    So, of all the LMP cars (LMP1 & LMP2), only Toyota had this happen? Unlikely to be the primary cause, especially as it affected BOTH their cars and NONE of the others, ie. there must have been other contributory factors.

    Hey, maybe Toyota would like to use this as a ‘get out’ so they can leave WEC in a huff…then we can get back to a level playing field for LMP1 with no Hybrids!

  5. matt

    August 20, 2018 at 3:15 pm

    Same thing happened to Audi in 2016. It’s up to the team to figure out if the curbs will rub too much or not, they won’t win any appeal they launch. Plank rules have been around for two decades now, no excuses for this sort of thing.

  6. Matt

    August 20, 2018 at 3:17 pm

    Same thing happened to Audi in 2016, plank rules have been a thing for over two decades now. No excuses for this, it’s entirely up to the team to determine if the curbs will rub too much or not.

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