TORONTO, Ontario – Aug 18, 2021 – TOYOTA GAZOO Racing aims to urge a climax and make Hypercar story in a 89th using of a Le Mans 24 Hours this week.
Following a hat-trick of Le Mans victories with a TS050 HYBRID, this year a group competes with a new GR010 HYBRID Hypercar for a initial time during a Circuit de la Sarthe and is dynamic to extend a winning run.
Reigning World Champions Mike Conway, Kamui Kobayashi and José María López, in a #7 GR010 HYBRID, have endured heartbreak during Le Mans in new years, quite when automatic issues denied them feat notwithstanding mastery in 2019 and 2020. They go into a biggest foe of a year following wins in a 6 Hours of Monza final month.
Sébastien Buemi and Kazuki Nakajima, however, have enjoyed a conspicuous run, winning during La Sarthe for 3 uninterrupted years, including final year’s delight alongside Brendon Hartley. The #8 GR010 HYBRID contingent lead a drivers’ standings following wins in a 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps and 8 Hours of Portimao.
With double FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) points on offer, Le Mans is poignant in a conflict for universe titles. TOYOTA GAZOO Racing binds a 30-point advantage over Alpine following 3 of 6 WEC races, while a #8 organisation lead a drivers’ standings by usually 6 points from their #7 team-mates.
In serve to a query for a fourth uninterrupted Le Mans win, a 2021 book outlines a 10th time Toyota has competed during La Sarthe with a hybrid-powered prototype. In a 9 attempts so far, a group has won 3 times, warranted 5 hang positions and finished on a lectern a sum of 9 times.
This year, it faces Hypercar foe from Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus, that enters dual cars, as good as Alpine, that participates with an LMP1 car. But a plea of Le Mans comes from a tiresome inlet of a eventuality itself as good as from on-track rivals.
With around 25,000 rigging changes, 4,000km during full stifle and over 2million circle rotations in a standard race, Le Mans is a loyal exam of endurance.
Preparations for a plea began behind in Oct 2020 when a GR010 HYBRID tested for a initial time and, given then, 8 serve tests have been used to optimise a car’s opening and reliability, in serve to a 3 WEC races. The final step in that tour will come on Sunday, a usually central exam day during a 13.626km Circuit de la Sarthe.
Two days of heated credentials lead into 5 hours of use and a subordinate event on Wednesday. Thursday sees a serve 5 hours of practice, possibly side of a 30-minute Hyperpole event during 9pm CEST, when TOYOTA GAZOO Racing will plea for a fifth uninterrupted hang position.
The 89th Le Mans 24 Hours will start during 4pm CEST on Saturday, in front of a reduced-capacity throng of 50,000, when 62 cars and 186 drivers follow in a footsteps of legends, adding their possess stories to a foe that initial took place in 1923.
Hisatake Murata, Team President:
“It is always a good honour to attend during Le Mans and we are unapproachable to lapse as three-time winners. We are putting all a bid into fluctuating that winning run by apropos a initial Hypercar Le Mans winners. The engineers and mechanics have been operative closely with a drivers to fine-tune a car, always with a aim of being clever in Le Mans. It will not be an easy charge since we face a tough quarrel with a Hypercar competitors, and a GR010 HYBRID will attend during Le Mans for a initial time, that is always a technical challenge. we am happy to acquire fans behind to a circuit, quite for this foe where they emanate such a special atmosphere. Thank we to a ACO for operative so tough to make this happen. we am certain this will be a Le Mans to remember for everyone.”
Mike Conway (GR010 HYBRID #7):
“All a tough work during a year is for this foe so we can’t wait to get in a automobile and drive. Le Mans is a scurry foe nowadays; we have to foe as tough as we can for a finish 24 hours and control a foe where possible. We know from knowledge that there are many factors that can come into play, and we’ve been detrimental in a past on a #7 car. But that doesn’t change how we proceed Le Mans as drivers. We will get a heads down and do all a credentials to be prepared for a race, as we did in a past few years. Then we wish Le Mans is kind to us and we can finally get a win.”
Kamui Kobayashi (GR010 HYBRID #7):
“I demeanour brazen to Le Mans each year; it is a prominence of a deteriorate and a proclivity for all a effort. It’s a good knowledge to expostulate during Le Mans, quite in subordinate when we have new tyres and low fuel. we have achieved a hang position 3 times already though a large aim is to win a race. We have been so clever in a past few years on automobile #7 though always something happened and we couldn’t get to a finish though trouble. So we need to equivocate any issues this year and keep pulling for a ideal race. We are all staying focused and optimistic.”
José María López (GR010 HYBRID #7):
“We turn stronger interjection to formidable moments and we trust that is a box for automobile #7 during Le Mans. Now we don’t consider about what has happened in a past; we demeanour brazen and try to always improve, as a group and as drivers. It is like a family with Mike, Kamui and me, as good as a engineers and mechanics, and we all have a same target: to win Le Mans. As a group we trust we are stronger than ever and we know what we need to do. It is never easy during Le Mans and for certain this year will be a tough one, though we will give limit effort.”
Sébastien Buemi (GR010 HYBRID #8):
“Le Mans is a special place and a special foe for me. It’s a partial of my family and we remember conference about my grandfather racing there in a 1960s. we remember visiting a Geneva Motor Show as a child and removing my print taken subsequent to a Toyota TS020. Back afterwards we could never suppose being here as a three-time winner. we am grateful to have a event to quarrel for another feat though we know it will be a large challenge, with a new automobile and clever competitors. We know what it takes to win so we have to hang to a devise and make certain we equivocate mistakes. Then we will see where we are on Sunday.”
Kazuki Nakajima (GR010 HYBRID #8):
“The atmosphere during Le Mans is incredible. When we raced during Le Mans for a initial time in 2012 we was vacant by a sound and a passion of a fans. We unequivocally missed that final year so we am unequivocally gratified that we will see spectators behind again. Le Mans is a many severe foe in a universe and, as we all know from experience, anything can happen. We are all pulling tough for a GR010 HYBRID to be a initial Hypercar winner; we will be entirely focused on a pursuit and anticipating that fitness is on a side. We can take zero for postulated though we will give all to be in a centre of a lectern again.”
Brendon Hartley (GR010 HYBRID #8):
“I fell in adore with Le Mans from my initial visit, that was a bit of a warn to be honest. The atmosphere is implausible and we unequivocally suffer a group element, everybody operative together towards that one goal. All a mechanics and engineers make a super-human effort, a drivers all work together and share information. We have to work as one large group to be successful and that’s what we’ve been doing to get a GR010 HYBRID prepared for a biggest challenge. We all come to Le Mans forgetful of feat though there is a lot of tough work over a subsequent days to give ourselves a best chance.”
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