The Toyota TS030 driven by Rockingham pilots Matthew Tucker and Keith Fishenden took overall victory in the Suzuka 6 hours. The result gives them a championship lead over the next LMP1 squad of Underwood, White and John, also part time Rockingham drivers, who finished in sixth place overall.
Second place in the overall standings was claimed by the Olifer / SV Works Oreca of Racing for Belgium, driven by van Leekywyck, Somera and Martens. The Belgian trio’s class win follows in the footsteps of their LMP1 and overall victory in this event in 2018.
Third place was claimed by the leading LMGT car, a scratch built BMW M6 with chassis by ProSpeed belonging to the home team Mission 8. Drivers Nelwan, Maan and Helmich fought off the fourth place car of Sports Carazing, who claimed second in LMP2 with the Avant / Olifer Pescarolo.
The Nissan Zeod of SV Works ran outside of DiSCA classification in a homage to the Garage 56 initiative created by the A.C.O. finishing 8th place overall and being awarded the best of show concours d’elegance prize.
The next round of the 2019 European championship takes place in July at Rockingham, UK. Prior to that teams will be focusing on the non-championship Le Mans 24 hours which takes place 6-7 April in Henley-in-Arden.