American adventure continues for Toyota Gazoo Racing

American adventure continues for Toyota Gazoo Racing

14.03.2019: TOYOTA GAZOO Racing’s preparations for the 1000 Miles of Sebring stepped up a gear with the first official practice sessions for the sixth round of the 2018-2019 FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC).

TOYOTA GAZOO Racing’s preparations for the 1000 Miles of Sebring stepped up a gear with the first official practice sessions for the sixth round of the 2018-2019 FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC).
 


Sebring International Raceway has become very familiar to the team in recent weeks, with a three-day test in February plus a WEC collective test last Saturday and Sunday, but today marked the official beginning of the event, with two 90-minute practice sessions.
 


In front of an already-substantial crowd, the #7 TS050 HYBRID of Mike Conway, Kamui Kobayashi and José María López set the fastest lap time of 1min 41.730secs during second practice, with the #8 car of Sébastien Buemi, Kazuki Nakajima and Fernando Alonso in second, 0.532secs behind.
 


Although weather conditions were similar to the test weekend, hot and sunny, the track surface had evolved dramatically due to rubber put down during other race series’ test sessions, with six-and-a-half hours of running already completed before the WEC field took to the track for first practice.


 
Along with stronger winds, track conditions forced both cars to adapt their set-ups accordingly and the lap times were slightly slower than during the weekend test as the team made further progress in fine-tuning the set-ups for race conditions.
 


Second practice began in twilight and soon the cars were circulating in darkness to prepare them for the conditions they will face in qualifying and the race. Another productive and trouble-free session took the total combined laps for both cars to 181 laps, 1,089km.
 


José’s fastest lap today was faster than the existing qualifying lap record and a repeat of that on Thursday evening, when the starting grid for the 34-car field will be decided, would write TOYOTA’s name in the Sebring official record books.
 



- Stephane Lesuisse

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14.03.2019 / MaP

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