Anthony Davidson has labelled his success in the FIA World Endurance Championship as the 'biggest achievement' of his career after he and Sebastien Buemi sealed 2014 drivers' title in Bahrain.

Though ill-timed technical issues in the six-hour race would consign them to finishing 18 laps down on the leaders, the subsequent failure of Audi's Andre Lotterer, Benoit Treluyer and Marcel Fassler to finish higher than fourth means the #8 Toyota TS040 Hybrid pairing still can't be overhauled at the Interlagos finale later this month.

A first world championship success for former F1 drivers Davidson and Buemi, the result also marks a first drivers' title for Toyota following two years of relative dominance by rivals Audi.

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For Davidson, the result marks the biggest achievement of a career that and was full of praise for the Toyota team for giving him the best car in 2014.

"It's been an amazing year," he said. "For me personally this is the biggest achievement in my career by a long way so it is a big day. I have never been a World Champion before so this means a lot and it still hasn't really sunk in yet. The team did an amazing job and have given us the fastest car. It wasn't exactly the way we wanted to win the title but I'm not complaining.

"Big thanks to the mechanics today for getting the car out on track again, not only the #8 guys but also the crew from #7 who helped out. This championship has been a real team effort and I'm so grateful to everyone who has made it happen. It's a great day but there is still one more job to do in Brazil; win the manufacturers' World Championship."

Winners in four of this year's seven races, Buemi says Toyota - who still won in Bahrain with the sister #7 car - must now turn its attentions to securing the much-desired manufacturers' title in Brazil.

"I am really pleased; it's a great feeling to win the World Championship. It's not the way we wanted to get it but we are really happy. To win a championship when you are competing against Porsche and Audi is a fantastic achievement. We had the car to win the race but I'm happy #7 won. Thanks to the team because to win a championship you need a great car and that's what they gave us.

"Even if it is the drivers' World Championship, it is really a title for the team because without everyone here at the track, back at Cologne and in Higashifuji, Anthony and I would not be here today. If we can make sure we win the manufacturers' championship in Brazil it will be a fantastic year."

Davidson and Buemi began the year with Nicolas Lapierre in a three-strong driver line-up, but the Frenchman was dropped from the Fuji round onwards.


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It sure would be nice if he did driving a red car with a black prancing horse on it ! think about that Audi, Toyota, Porsche, Nissan, Ferrari all running factory LMP1 oh yes Lotus also hat a Le Mans that would be !!