Tweet
 
World champions Toyota Gazoo Racing return home for Fuji

World champions Toyota Gazoo Racing return home for Fuji

30.09.2019: TOYOTA GAZOO Racing returns to Japan seeking a fourth consecutive victory on home ground in the 6 Hours of Fuji, the second round of the 2019-2020 FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) season.​


TOYOTA GAZOO Racing returns to Japan seeking a fourth consecutive victory on home ground in the 6 Hours of Fuji, the second round of the 2019-2020 FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) season.​




Since the team’s last visit to its home track, TOYOTA GAZOO Racing has won Le Mans for a second time and the 2018-2019 teams’ and drivers’ World Championships. It heads to Japan on the back of six consecutive race victories, including the first win of the new season at Silverstone last month.



The #7 TS050 HYBRID crew of Mike Conway, Kamui Kobayashi and José María López took maximum points in Great Britain following an exciting four-hour battle at the front, but this triumph comes at a cost for them at Fuji Speedway.



As championship leaders, they will have incurred the maximum success handicap of 1.4secs per lap, while Sébastien Buemi, Kazuki Nakajima and Brendon Hartley in the #8 TS050 HYBRID are penalised by one second per lap at Fuji Speedway.



The success handicaps come in addition to the established Equivalence of Technology, which already means the TS050 HYBRIDs are both up to 108kg heavier than their non-hybrid LMP1 rivals, who additionally are allowed to use up to 61% more fuel.



That means the large Japanese crowd, some of whom are part of the TS050 HYBRID powertrain development at nearby Higashi-Fuji Technical Centre, can expect an exciting race as TOYOTA defends its near-perfect record at Fuji Speedway since returning to WEC competition in 2012, having won every race except 2015.



This weekend’s race marks the final time for the iconic TS050 HYBRID to compete in Japan. Fuji Speedway has a special place in the history of TOYOTA’s most successful endurance race car as the location of its first victory, in 2016 when Kamui Kobayashi took a tense victory alongside Mike Conway and Stéphane Sarrazin. The car, which has won a total of 14 WEC races since then, is undefeated at Fuji Speedway.



Practice begins on Friday with three hours of action split into two sessions prior to qualifying on Saturday. Racing begins with a relatively early 11am start for WEC’s return to a six-hour format following the season-opening 4 Hours of Silverstone.

 


Hisatake Murata, Team President: “
It is always a pleasure to race at Fuji Speedway in front of our home fans and this year is even more special, as we will be competing with the TS050 HYBRID for the last time in Japan. I am sure we will again see a big crowd to enjoy this occasion and I expect they will see an interesting race, particularly because everyone in LMP1 is experiencing the success handicap system for the first time.



For our team, the 6 Hours of Fuji is a rare chance for many of the powertrain engineers at Higashi-Fuji to spend time with their colleagues from Cologne and it’s always great to experience that strong team spirit. I know everyone is working flat-out with the aim of celebrating another one-two together on Sunday.”

 

Mike Conway (TS050 HYBRID #7):
“I love going to Fuji Speedway, not only because it is our home race and we have had a lot of success there over the years. It’s also great to see everybody at Higashi-Fuji who put together our hybrid powertrain; that is always a cool experience. Obviously we are looking for another victory after starting the season with the win at Silverstone. It’s the last time for the TS050 HYBRID to race at our home track so I hope it’s a special weekend for the fans.”



Kamui Kobayashi (TS050 HYBRID #7):
“I am looking forward to meeting all the Japanese WEC fans again at Fuji. Over the last years, because of my racing projects in Japan, I have got to know the circuit really well and it’s one of my favourites. It’s an unusual lay-out with the very long front straight but the tight middle section before the last sector which is quite tricky. It will be even harder for us than normal due to the success handicap but we will do our very best to win again.”



José María López (TS050 HYBRID #7):
“Fuji is the second most important race for us after Le Mans. As a TOYOTA GAZOO Racing driver, to compete in Japan is always amazing because it is our home race and also because the Japanese people are so welcoming and passionate about motorsport. It will be an interesting race in LMP1 because it will be the first time that we will be dealing with the new success handicap which means that we have the biggest penalty. So we will have to work hard and see what will happen.”



Sébastien Buemi (TS050 HYBRID #8):
“As you can imagine we have high expectations as the team has done very, very well in our home race in the past. We have won many times, but for me it has been a long time since I won Fuji for the last time so I will do my best to finally win it with car #8. Car #7 has done a very strong job in Silverstone so we will see how the success ballast will affect things for Fuji. Hopefully we will still be very quick and I will do my best to fight for the win.”





Kazuki Nakajima (TS050 HYBRID #8):
“Fuji is always a special race for me personally and also for the team. I will never forget my first WEC victory there in 2012 and as a team we have had many special results in front of our home fans. I hope we will have a lot of TOYOTA colleagues and fans visiting us to celebrate our World Championship title and second Le Mans win. I am looking forward to it and will be giving my maximum to get back on the centre of the podium.”



Brendon Hartley (TS050 HYBRID #8):
“I really look forward to Fuji, the home race of TOYOTA, and I have good memories there. I love going to Japan for the food and the culture. I also love the track and look forward to meeting a lot of TOYOTA supporters in and around the paddock. It is always a pleasure to go to Japan for a race. The Fuji track has a lot of character and is unique, particularly the last sector with all the interconnecting corners. It is an old-school track that I think all the drivers love.”

 

   
Alastair Moffitt- photos Toyota

Permanent-URL: http://www.automobilsport.com/world-champions-toyota-return-fuji---198278.html

30.09.2019 / MaP

More News

Comment from president Akio Toyoda concerning the outcome of the WEC 4 Hours of Silverstone
02.09.2019
Our six drivers and the team made the perfect start with 1-2 finish at the first race of the new season of the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC).To be honest, this was not a given. In fact, during Friday`s free practice, TS050 Hybrid #7 got heavily dama more >>
Cetilar Racing FIA WEC Silvertone review
02.09.2019
Cetilar Racing claims the LMP2 P6 in FIA WEC 4 Hours of Silverstone completing a weekend beyond the expectations Lacorte, Sernagiotto, Belicchi take the chequered flag in the debut race with brand-new #47 Dallara LMP2 car more >>
Porsche comments on the Silverstone race
01.09.2019
Race GTE, World Endurance Championship WECround 1 at Silverstone/Great BritainSunday, September 1st 2019 Comments on the raceFritz Enzinger (Vice President Motorsport): “At its race premiere, the n more >>
Perfect debut: One-two for the new Porsche 911 RSR at Silverstone
01.09.2019
Race GTE, World Endurance Championship WECround 1 at Silverstone/Great BritainSunday, September 1st 2019The new Porsche 911 RSR (2019 model year) has secured a double victory at its race debut. At the season-opening round of the FIA World Enduranc more >>
Toyota driver quotes after 4h Silverstone race
01.09.2019
FIA WEC 2019-20204 Hours SilverstoneSunday, September 1st  2019Mike Conway (TS050 HYBRID #7): “It’s great to win my home race here at Silverstone. I’ve been trying to win this race for a while now; it took m more >>
4 Hours Silverstone one-two for Toyota Gazoo Racing
01.09.2019
TOYOTA GAZOO Racing started the 2019-2020 FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) season in perfect style with a one-two victory in an eventful 4 Hours of Silverstone. Home favourite Mike Conway, Kamui Kobayashi and José María L&oacut more >>
United Autosports Oreca shows strong pace but suffers early home WEC race exit
01.09.2019
•    Albuquerque fastest in opening two free practice sessions, Hanson quickest in third•    Di Resta & Hanson claim stunning front row start•    Likely electrical issue side-lines second-placed Di Resta     more >>
4 Hours of Silverstone result by class
01.09.2019
FIA WEC4 Hours of SilverstoneSunday, September 1st 2019LMP1   1    TOYOTA GAZOO RACINGJose Maria Lopez    #7&nb more >>
WEC 4 Hours of Silverstone classification - Toyota 1-2 victory
01.09.2019
FIA WEC4 Hours of SilverstoneSunday, September 1st 20191    TOYOTA GAZOO RACINGJose Maria Lopez    #7        Michelin&n more >>
WEC 4 Hours of Silverstone - standings after 1 hour
01.09.2019
 FIA WEC -4 Hours of  SilverstoneSilverstone CircuitEnd of Race in 03 hrs 00 mins 07 secsLatest Update - 14h00:091    TOYOTA GAZOO RACINGSébastien Buemi    #8 more >>
Best Porsche 911 RSR takes up the first race of the season in Silverstone from fourth place
31.08.2019
Qualifying GTE, World Endurance Championship WEC, round 1 at Silverstone/Great BritainThe new Porsche 911 RSR (2019 model year) will start its racing debut from the second grid row. In qualifying for the season-opening round of the FIA World Endurance Championship at Silverstone (Great Britain), the Italian Gianmaria Bruni and his Austrian works driver t more >>
Pole position and another record for Toyota Gazoo Racing at Silverstone
31.08.2019
TOYOTA GAZOO Racing locked out the front row for the opening race of the 2019-2020 FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) season in qualifying for the 4 Hours of Silverstone. On a warm, dry afternoon, Mike Conway and Kamui Kobayashi, who share the #7 TS0 more >>
Productive opening day for Toyota Gazoo Racing at Silverstone
31.08.2019
Defending champions TOYOTA GAZOO Racing got the new 2019-2020 FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) season underway with the first practice sessions for the 4 Hours of Silverstone today.  The fastest non-hybrid, the #1 Rebellio more >>
FIA WEC Silverstone Free Practice 2 classification
30.08.2019
FIA WEC SilverstoneFriday, August 30th 20191st    TOYOTA GAZOO RACINGConway M. Kobayashi K. Lopez J.    #7    Toyota TS050 - Hybrid     Michelin  &nb more >>
Silverstone FIA WEC Free Practice 1 classification
30.08.2019
FIA WECSilverstone CircuitFriday, August 30th  20191    REBELLION RACINGNorman Nato    #1        Michelin & more >>
4 Hours of Silverstone double header infos and tickets
29.08.2019
The FIA World Endurance Championship and European Le Mans Series have shared the event at Silverstone since 2013 but this is the first time the WEC race has been four hours in length, having been six hours previously.  Race Start Times more >>
Cetilar Racing makes FIA WEC debut at Silverstone
28.08.2019
Lacorte, Sernagiotto, Bellicchi set to start 2019-2020 campaign sharing the #47 Dallara-Gibson LMP2 car      Cetilar Racing is all set for its FIA WEC debut as the long waiting for the 2019-2020 season is almost more >>
Signatech Alpine Elf starts its title defence at Silverstone
28.08.2019
•    The 2019-2020 FIA World Endurance Championship season begins at Silverstone (Great Britain).•    Reigning champions Signatech Alpine Elf are among the favourites in the LMP2 category.•    After a promising Prologue, André Negrão, Thomas Laurent and Pierre Ragues are aiming more >>
Porsche comments ahead of the 4 Hours of Silverstone
28.08.2019
FIA WEC 2019-2020Silverstone CircuitFritz Enzinger (Vice President Motorsport): “During extensive tests as well as the prologue of the FIA WEC in Bar more >>
Porsche title defence mission begins with four-hour race at Silverstone
28.08.2019
World Endurance Championship WEC, round 1 at Silverstone/Great BritainThe new Porsche 911 RSR celebrates its race debut at the season-opening round of the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC).The first race of the 2019/2020 more >>
United Autosports set for double header home race at Silverstone
27.08.2019
•    Opening round of the FIA World Endurance Championship on Sunday•    Four-hour ELMS race held on Saturday afternoon•    History of wins on home soil to maintain for LMP3 team  more >>
Toyota Gazoo Racing begins WEC World Championship defence at Silverstone
26.08.2019
TOYOTA GAZOO Racing will begin the defence of its FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) title when the 2019-2020 season kicks off in Great Britain this weekend with the 4 Hours of Silverstone.Following a near-perfect 2018-2019 season, in w more >>
4 Hours of Silverstone Entry List 2019
19.08.2019
2019-2020 FIA WORLD ENDURANCE CHAMPIONSHIP 4 HOURS OF SILVERSTONE LMP15 1 REBELLION RACING CHE M Rebellion R13 - GibsonTBA TBA TBA5 TEAM LNT GBR M Ginetta G60-L more >>
Oliver Jarvis joins United Autosports for Fuji
09.08.2019
FIA WORLD ENDURANCE CHAMPIONSHIP•    Current Mazda Team Joest racer joins Phil Hanson and Filipe Albuquerque in Japan•    Jarvis rejoins former Team JLR owner Richard Dean after 2003 Formula Ford Festival success•    Jarvis to stand in for Paul Di Resta in the #22 Oreca 07 more >>
David Greenwood joins United Autosports as technical director
08.08.2019
•    Former Ferrari F1 race engineer joins Anglo American team with immediate effect•    Technical Director role created to further strengthen all United Autosports racing activities•    FIA World Endurance Championship debut for the team only three weeks away more >>
Cetilar Racing completes the FIA WEC Prologue at Barcelona
26.07.2019
#47 DALLARA-GIBSON LMP2 SHARED BY ROBERTO LACORTE, GIORGIO SERNAGIOTTO, ANDREA BELICCHI COVERED MORE THAN 1000 KMS AT THE MONTMELÓ CIRCUITCetilar Racing completed more than 1,060 kms, covering a total of 228 laps without any trouble as the two-day of more >>
DPPI Photo Of The Week #62
25.07.2019
DPPI Images has been providing photographic coverage of major motorsport competitions for 54 years. Every weekend, our photographers travel to the world’s most prestigious circuits and rallies. From the thousands of shots they take, we ask each of them to select just one and tell the story behind it. more >>
Successful FIA WEC outing for United Autosports at Barcelona Prologue
25.07.2019
•    United Autosports finished fastest on day one of testing•    Phil Hanson, Filipe Albuquerque and Paul Di Resta covered 242 laps in new Oreca 07•    First round of FIA WEC held at Silverstone, UK on 1 September  more >>
Toyota Gazoo Racing driver quotes after Barcelona Prologue
25.07.2019
FIA WEC  PROLOGUE 2019Circuit de BarcelonaWednesday, July 24th 2019Mike Conway (TS050 HYBRID #7): “It’s been a while since I’ve driven here in Barcelona so it was nice to be back at this track, although more >>
Final 2019-2020 testing complete for Toyota Gazoo Racing
24.07.2019
World Champions and Le Mans winners TOYOTA GAZOO Racing made an early start to the 2019-2020 FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) season with a successful two-day Prologue test at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya in Spain. The new season is scheduled to kick off on 1 Septem more >>
WEC Prologue Barcelona test day 2 - afternoon session result by class
24.07.2019
FIA WEC PROLOGUECircuit Barcelona CatalunyaWednesday, July 24th, 2019LMP11 7 Toyota Gazoo Racing M. CONWAY / K. KOBAYASHI / J. LOPEZ / T. LAURENT Toyota TS050 - Hybrid H M 1:29.141 18 130 188.02 more >>
The new Porsche 911 RSR is ready to tackle the WEC season
24.07.2019
World Endurance Championship WEC, Prologue in Barcelona/SpainThe Porsche GT Team is perfectly prepared for the upcoming season of the Sports Car World Endurance Championship WEC. At the official test – the so-called prologue – held at the Circ more >>
WEC Prologue Barcelona test day 2 - morning session overall classification
24.07.2019
FIA WEC PROLOGUECircuit Barcelona CatalunyaWednesday, July 24th, 20191    TOYOTA GAZOO RACINGThomas Laurent    #7        Michelin    more >>
WEC Prologue Barcelona test day 2 - morning session after 2 hours
24.07.2019
FIA WEC PROLOGUECircuit Barcelona CatalunyaWednesday, July 24th, 2019 at 11h57:371    TOYOTA GAZOO RACINGJose Maria Lopez    #7        M more >>
Cetilar Racing in Barcelona Prologue
24.07.2019
      THE BARCELONA PROLOGUE KICKS OFF A NEW CHALLENGE FOR THE ALL ITALIAN TEAM       Cetilar Racing hit the track, making the first official appearance in the FIA World Endurance Championship, look more >>
WEC Prologue Barcelona Day 1 afternoon test result by class
23.07.2019
FIA WECPROLOGUE - Barcelonatest 2Tuesday, July 23rd 2019LMP11 8 Toyota Gazoo Racing S. BUEMI / K. NAKAJIMA / B. HARTLEY Toyota TS050 - Hybrid H M 1:30.114 37 102 186.02 7 Toyota more >>
WEC Prologue Barcelona test day 1 - session 2 overall classification
23.07.2019
FIA WEC PROLOGUECircuit Barcelona CatalunyaTuesday, July 23rd  2019End of Session 2 in 02 hrs  03 mins 08 secs1    TOYOTA GAZOO RACINGBrendon Hartley    more >>
FIA WEC PROLOGUE day 1 Morning Test Session result by class
23.07.2019
Circuit Barcelona CatalunyaTuesday, July 23rd  2019 LMP11 7 Toyota Gazoo Racing M. CONWAY / K. KOBAYASHI / J. LOPEZ / T. LAURENT Toyota TS050 - Hybrid H M 1:29.991 75 105 186.2 more >>
WEC Prologue Barcelona test day 1 - session 1 overall classification
23.07.2019
FIA WEC PROLOGUECircuit Barcelona CatalunyaTuesday, July 23rd  20191    TOYOTA GAZOO RACINGMike Conway    #7       more >>

STROOSSEN ENGLEN ASBL www.stroossenenglen.lu

Jobs Around the World

2001-2020 automobilsport.com full copyright