Mike Conway made no secret of his disappointment after two Full Course Yellow (FCY) periods "screwed" the Toyota #7 crew in Saturday's FIA World Endurance Championship round at Spa.

Conway vaulted into the lead during the first hour of the race with a stunning first stint, and with team-mate Kamui Kobayashi also maintaining a good pace following the handover, the duo looked on course for their first win of the season.

The first FCY called in hour four saw a 30-second lead turn into a 20-second deficit to the sister Toyota TS050 Hybrid, with Conway pitting just before it was called, allowing Anthony Davidson to cut the gap in the meantime and then stop to gain time.

Conway went on a charge to whittle the gap at the front down to just two seconds in half an hour, only for another FCY to catch him out in the same manner, dropping him to third.

While Kobayashi was able to close to within two seconds of the #8 Toyota by the end of the six-hour race, Conway summed up his disappointment after the race, knowing that he had been in the quickest car all weekend.

"The team has done a great job, great job by Kamui all weekend," Conway said. "We've been fast and really dialled into this place. In the first part of the race we were quick and managed to build up a nice lead, but we just got screwed really with two full course yellows right at the wrong time.

"We were trying as hard as we could to claw it all back. We got pretty close but that's racing sometimes unfortunately. But a great team result, one-two. Good to get some points for the championship for us, car #7. Disappointed, but we've got a lot to take from this weekend and continue hard into Le Mans."

Kobayashi added: "Our car was really fast today; we just lost the race due to bad luck. At the end I caught up with Sebastien [Buemi] but in the last laps it's not fair to attack when we are running one-two so I just followed him.

"It's nice for the team to score maximum points from the race, especially in one of our home races; it was a good effort from everyone."

 

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