Toyota confirms return to two LMP1 cars for Fuji WEC round

Toyota will field two TS030 HYBRIDs in its home round of the World Endurance Championship at Fuji in October

Toyota confirms return to two LMP1 cars for Fuji WEC round

The Japanese manufacturer has confirmed that it will run its #7 entry to be driven by Alex Wurz, Nicolas Lapierre and Kazuki Nakajima at Fuji alongside the #8 car shared by Anthony Davidson, Stephane Sarrazin and Sebastien Buemi.

The latter trio will again drive Toyota's solo entry at this weekend's Austin WEC round.

A spokesman for Toyota Motorsport GmbH said: "It is our home race and a circuit that Toyota owns, and it is right next to our R&D facility where the hybrid systems and the engine for the TS030 are developed.

"As a Japanese company it is important that we put on a good show for our Japanese fans and get a good result, which could be important for the future of the programme."

It is unlikely that Toyota will run a second car after the Japanese event on October 20 at either of the final two rounds of the WEC in China or Bahrain.

Toyota filed a pair of full-season entries for the WEC at the behest of the series organiser, although it only intended to enter two TS030s at Silverstone, Spa, the Le Mans 24 Hours and, most likely, Fuji.

It downscaled to one car for Interlagos and gave the wheel to Davidson, Sarrazin and Buemi for the Brazilian race and the Austin round because they were best placed in the championship.

They are only likely to remain in the car for the November events at the Shanghai and Sakhir circuits if they retain a mathematical chance of winning the title.

They are currently 49 points behind Audi drivers Tom Kristensen, Allan McNish and Loic Duval.

Toyota non-scored at Interlagos after Sarrazin was taken off by an LMP2 car (pictured).

The monocoque of the TS030 was damaged in the accident and the car was rebuilt around the team's spare tub in Brazil before its shipment to the US.

shares
comments
Hungaroring ELMS: Signatech Alpine secures first victory of 2013

Previous article

Hungaroring ELMS: Signatech Alpine secures first victory of 2013

Next article

Delta-ADR's exclusion from Le Mans 24 Hours LMP2 podium upheld

Delta-ADR's exclusion from Le Mans 24 Hours LMP2 podium upheld
Load comments

About this article

Series WEC
Teams Toyota Racing
Author Gary Watkins
How 'Brilliant' Bob Wollek lived up to his nickname Plus

How 'Brilliant' Bob Wollek lived up to his nickname

Sportscar racing lost one of it's greatest talents 20 years ago today when Bob Wollek was knocked from his bicycle prior to the Sebring 12 Hours. The enigmatic Frenchman never won the Le Mans 24 Hours, but many still remember today why 'Brilliant Bob' became a legend

WEC
Mar 16, 2021
Top 10 moments of an underrated British great Plus

Top 10 moments of an underrated British great

Brian Redman was one of the best sportscar drivers of the 1960s and 1970s, as well as a three-time champion on the fearsome American Formula 5000 scene. To celebrate his 84th birthday Autosport contacted him about his best races – and he decided to write the piece himself…

WEC
Mar 9, 2021
How an endurance racing boom could help one of LMP2's top teams Plus

How an endurance racing boom could help one of LMP2's top teams

The G-Drive squad has been a mainstay of endurance racing in recent years, and has linked up with Russian manufacturer Aurus in recent years to promote its brand. With a change of rules in endurance racing's top tables, the team could be well-placed to take advantage of a potential boom...

WEC
Mar 7, 2021
How Ferrari’s Hypercar project could bolster Leclerc’s legacy Plus

How Ferrari’s Hypercar project could bolster Leclerc’s legacy

OPINION: Ferrari's planned return to the top category at the Le Mans 24 Hours has further heightened anticipation for the 2023 race. Few concrete details are currently known, but already it has a high-profile superstar angling for involvement, which would make a refreshing change

WEC
Mar 5, 2021
Why Ferrari is ending its 50-year top-flight sportscar exile Plus

Why Ferrari is ending its 50-year top-flight sportscar exile

Making a return to top-flight sportscar racing after 50 years away, Ferrari will enter the Le Mans Hypercar ranks in 2023. The Italian marque denies the link with Formula 1's new cost cap that frees up resources, but it's certainly no coincidence...

WEC
Feb 25, 2021
The ground-up refresh behind Toyota's new Le Mans challenger Plus

The ground-up refresh behind Toyota's new Le Mans challenger

Toyota's new GR010 contender for the World Endurance Championship's Hypercar era has little in common with the LMP1 TS050 that preceded it. But within the confines of the scaled back new rules, its latest challenger will be no less formidable a prospect

WEC
Jan 22, 2021
The Porsche icon that forged sportscar racing's greatest era Plus

The Porsche icon that forged sportscar racing's greatest era

Porsche is returning to the top class of Le Mans with an LMDh prototype that it hopes will write its next successful chapter in sportscar racing. But it will have to go some to emulate its 956/962, a car which defines the Group C age more than any other

WEC
Dec 16, 2020
How Kristensen forged the Mr Le Mans legend Plus

How Kristensen forged the Mr Le Mans legend

He is synonymous with success at the Circuit de la Sarthe, but Tom Kristensen's sportscar legacy amounts to much more than his record-breaking nine Le Mans wins, as the most successful driver ever at Sebring and a world champion to boot

WEC
Dec 5, 2020