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#7 Toyota Gazoo Racing Toyota GR010 - Hybrid: Mike Conway, Kamui Kobayashi, Nyck de Vries
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The fresh threats and new rivals to Toyota's WEC domination

Toyota’s superiority in the World Endurance Championship will come under its greatest test in 2024 with the arrival of new rules, fresh rivals and big challenges. Ahead of the Qatar opener, here’s why the defending champions go into the new campaign with its status as favourite notably diminished

You’ll find the odd person at Toyota who’ll stand in front of you and tell you with a straight face that the Japanese manufacturer isn’t favourite going into this year’s World Endurance Championship. Most, however, happily concede that a marque that swept to a fifth straight drivers’ and manufacturers’ title double last year has, in reigning champion Brendon Hartley’s words, “a target on its back”.

That’s still the case, he and team-mate Sebastien Buemi admit, even after the events of Monday and Tuesday’s official pre-season Prologue test at the start of race week for the Qatar 1812km that kicks off the 2024 campaign. The statistics remain unchanged, they point out.

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