On Sunday 1 September, Toyota Gazoo Racing’s Mike Conway, Jose Maria Lopez and Kamui Kobayashi’s win at the 4 Hours of Silverstone World Endurance Championship (WEC) race made the trio the most recent winners of the oldest motorsport trophy still competed for today – the Club’s Tourist Trophy. The number seven car clinched victory at the season opener with a two second lead over the number eight Toyota piloted by Sebastien Buemi, Kazuki Nakajima and Brendon Hartley.
Following their win, the drivers will join the likes of Tazio Nuvolari, Graham Hill and Sir Stirling Moss as winners of the Club’s prestigious Tourist Trophy.
Upon being awarded the trophy, Mike Conway of Toyota Gazoo Racing said: ‘I have been trying to win the Tourist Trophy for quite a few years and it’s now great to join some of the great names that have won it – it’s really cool’.
The Club’s Tourist Trophy was first awarded in 1905, and was won by John Napier driving an 18 hp Arrol-Johnston in a race covering four laps of a fearsome 52-mile open road loop around the Isle of Man. His average speed was 34 mph.
Today it’s awarded to the winners of the British stage of the WEC which regularly sees top engineers, teams, manufacturers and drivers compete in a high-profile calendar of endurance races, including the fabled 24 Hours of Le Mans. The prestige of the Tourist Trophy is embodied in its relevance – even in 1905 the emphasis was not purely on speed but also on fuel economy, mirroring the challenges faced by those competing in the WEC today.
The Royal Automobile Club Tourist Trophy was first awarded in 1905. The winner of that race was John Napier driving an 18 hp Arrol-Johnston in a race covering four laps of a fearsome 52-mile open road loop around the Isle of Man. His average speed was 34 mph.
The FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) offers a multitude of opportunities to engineers, teams, manufacturers and drivers to compete in a high profile and prestigious calendar of events, based around the showcase of the sport worldwide – the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Much of the prestige of the Tourist Trophy is embodied in its relevance. Even in 1905 the emphasis was not purely on speed but also on fuel economy, making it an enormous challenge on all fronts to the teams and drivers taking part and it remains so to this day.
4 Hours of Silverstone results:
1 Conway / Kobayashi / Lopez – Toyota Gazoo Racing – 129 laps – 4h 00m 57.709s
2 Buemi / Nakajima / Hartley – Toyota Gazoo Racing -129 laps (+1.901s)
3 Berthon / Derani/ Duval – Rebellion Racing – 128 laps