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Andersson steps aside at Toyota Motorsport

Ove Andersson, the original founder of Toyota Motorsport, will step down next week, but will remain as an 'adviser' to the company in Köln, Germany. Its chairman, Tsutomu Tomita, will take over the role as the team principal of the Panasonic Toyota Racing F1 team, effective January 1

"We can't thank Ove enough for his contribution to Toyota Motorsport's activities and achievements," said Tomita. "Ove's move is along the lines of Toyota's policy which sees its employees taking up new roles at certain points in their careers within the company. From next season, I will manage both the company and the race activities together with president John Howett. With the help and advice of Ove, my mission is to make Panasonic Toyota Racing one of the top F1 teams as soon as possible."

Andersson commented: "I want to thank Toyota for having given me chances in its various motorsport activities and I'm proud to continue to support the company in my new role. Thirty years ago, I started with three people in Belgium. Since then, I've set a lot of targets and I've achieved them together with Toyota. Together, we manufactured Toyota's first ever F1 car. When it appeared on the grid at the Australian GP in 2002, it was an amazing feeling for me that I'll never forget. I'm sure Toyota will succeed in F1 and look forward to seeing its first victory."

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