Davidson and team-mates race to victory at Silverstone

Anthony Davidson. Picture by Peter Brazier.
Anthony Davidson. Picture by Peter Brazier.

Hemel Hempstead’s Anthony Davidson – along with team mates Nicolas Lapierre and Sebastien Buemi – won the opening round of the 2014 FIA World Endurance Championship at Silverstone at the weekend.

The two Toyota TS040 Hybrids took first and second places, writes Peter Brazier.

With the return of Porsche to the championship there was a long-awaited three-way battle between themselves and the Toyotas and Audis.

With a new set of regulations, lowering fuel consumption by some 30 per cent for the LM P1 category, the competitiveness between the teams was an unknown.

However, they did not disappoint and the top three marques battled tooth and nail in the early stages of the six-hour race.

The British weather then intervened and, despite changing tyres to attempt to cope, both Audi R18 e-trons were victims of accidents and had disappeared before little more than half the race had been completed.

The race was stopped 25 minutes before the allotted six hours due to the inclement weather.

Third place went to the Porsche 919 hybrid driven by ex-Red Bull F1 driver Mark Webber, with fellow antipodean Brendon Hartley and German Timo Bernhard.

The next round of the championship will be at Spa-Francorchamps on May 3, with the eagerly awaited Le Mans 24 hours on June 14-15.