Initially Toyota was planning for just a few racing events, such as Le Mans and Spa- Francorchamps on an invitational basis with the new TS030 Hybrid for this season. However, the plans were changed and the automaker has upgraded the limited TS030 Hybrid racing program to full the WEC entry, planning for the entire FIA World Endurance Championship schedule. Thus, the Toyota TS030 is expected to make its racing debut on 5 may at the Six Hours of Spa Francorchamps.
On 16 to 17 June at the Le Mans 24 Hours, Toyota Racing Team will bring two cars. The drivers will be Alex Wurz, Nicolas Lapierre and Kazui Nakajima for the regular driver line- up for the race. Toyota is expected to announce the detailed information on the additional car later on.
All of the changes on the racing programs are actually made in order to support endurance racing as a motorsport discipline. The organizers at the Automobile Club de l’Ouest or ACO need as much two manufacturers in the LMP1 class as part of Toyota’s agreement with the FIA. Toyota has to fill the gap since Peugeot is leaving and it means the series needs the required level of participation.
The team president, Yoshiaki Kinoshita also stated that over weeks the championship had changed unexpectedly, so that Toyota Racing needs to consider in working together with the FIA and ACO to create a successful outlook for endurance racing. The company had done anything they could to support the racing. The company was pleased to a thrilling season in which at the Le Mans, they have a chance to field two cars.
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