Anthony Davidson said his #8 Toyota team showed why it was worthy double champions after finishing second in the FIA World Endurance Championship finale in Sao Paulo.

Davidson and team-mate Sebastien Buemi were locked in a battle with the #14 Porsche, ultimately having to settle for second place as Mark Webber's heavy crash in the #20 Porsche ensured the race ended under the safety car, negating the Toyota's tyre advantage late on. However, having won the drivers' title at the previous round in Bahrain, Davidson said the team showed its credentials as Toyota wrapped up the manufacturers' championship too.

"From our point of view we won the Championship and we showed why we are the champions because we never gave up," Davidson said. "If someone had told me we would have been fighting with the Porsche cars for victory I would never have believed it."

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Porsche's Marc Lieb described the fight with the #8 Toyota as "amazing", praising Davidson's driving after being overtaken early on.

"It was quite interesting because I lost a position on the first lap and Anthony got me in to turn four and I was concentrating more on Timo [Bernhard] really and all of a sudden there was this blue car passing me," Lieb said. "I struggled and was in dirty air but it was a good fair battle. It was a real pleasure to race against Anthony and going flat out like that. It was amazing."

And Davidson agreed that the battle with Lieb had been "epic", saying he was pushing at 100% for every lap of the race.

"It was great we had that chance and like Marc said it was great racing," Davidson said. "It was an epic race and I haven't had one like this since Le Mans in 2011 with Peugeot when we were fighting the Audis when it was no-stop the whole race and with just the two of us in #8 we are both really tired at the end.

"We drove every lap like a quali lap and the track allowed us to do that. The cars were properly stuck to the ground and there was no sliding at all. We didn't have the advantage of better tyre-deg over the Porsches but ironically we couldn't double stint the tyres as we had too much wear on the front and although we had the speed we weren't allowed to show it."