Despite being reduced to a duo this weekend after Nicolas Lapierre opted to 'take a break' from racing, Anthony Davidson and Sebastien Buemi proved two drivers was still more enough to notch up a third World Endurance Championship win of the year in Japan.

Looking to recover an advantage whittled down by wins for Audi at Le Mans and in Austin, the Silverstone and Spa race winners shook off a busy opening lap around the Fuji Speedway to build a lead that would remain insurmountable to the chequered flag.

Indeed, after only losing the lead as different pit strategies played out, the Anglo-Swiss pairing were untroubled to the finish line, a third win for the duo - coupled to the #2 Audi trio finishing down in sixth - seeing them extend their drivers' advantage to 29 points.

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"It was an absolutely perfect race and a perfect weekend for everyone at TOYOTA Racing," said Davidson. "That was a great job by all the team; we had the strongest car, the right strategy and great pit stops. First and second in our home race; it doesn't get better than that.

"For the team to win here three times in a row now is pretty special. It extends our lead in the drivers' World Championship and regains the lead in the manufacturers', so you couldn't ask for any more as a team. So big thanks to all and especially to the guys from TOYOTA Motor Corporation who have given us such great support this week."

Leading a Toyota 1-2 on their home track, their success also sees the Japanese firm move ahead of Audi again in the manufacturers' reckoning with three races remaining.

"To leave Fuji with a one-two and the lead of both World Championships is a very special feeling," added Buemi. "At the start it was clearly a bit difficult to warm up the tyres so I was in the middle of a big fight; the first lap was quite crazy. After that we took control. It was a great job from Anthony and the whole team. Honestly, we didn't expect to be so far ahead but it is the result of a lot of hard work. We'll enjoy this moment but quickly focus on the remaining races. Today's result is a good sign for the rest of the season."


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yes the fastest car and present drivers (McNish is Gone) won without Lapierre crashing out in the rain again ! maybe he should drop out for the rest of the year ?