Anthony Davidson says he and #8 Toyota team-mates Sebastien Buemi and Nicolas Lapierre will now switch their focus to winning the 2014 FIA World Endurance Championship title after being ruled out of victory contention early on during the 2014 Le Mans 24 Hours.

Winners of the first two WEC rounds, Davidson, Buemi and Lapierre came to Le Mans as amongst the strong favourites but would quickly find itself well out of the victory challenge after just 90mins when Lapierre crashed during a stormy downpour.

Causing damage to the TS040 Hybrid, though the Frenchman was able to get going and into the pit lane, the car returned to action 9 laps adrift of the lead, a margin it couldn't recover despite enjoying a trouble-free race thereafter.

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Despite this, the car would still ascend to finish on the podium in third place as technical woes eliminated rivals ahead, a positive points' haul that ensures the team remains in control at the head of the 2014 WEC standings, the title Davidson says he is now focused on having missed out on Le Mans glory.

"We saw an epic race with three top manufacturers leading the race at certain points," he said. "The fans should be happy with what they saw, though we are personally pretty disappointed after being used to winning we don't like the taste of third!

"The things we can take from this race are extending our lead in the championship and that has to be our focus now. We are proud to be third but we will be even prouder at the end of the year."

Reflecting on the early delay, Davidson refused to blame Lapierre for crashing, insisting it could have easily happened to himself or Buemi.

"We had the is take early in the race in very tricky conditions - I think any three of us couold have made that mistake, so lessons will be learned but we will move on."