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Dramatic One-Two Victory for Toyota Gazoo Racing during Le Mans 24 Hours

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TORONTO, ON – JUNE 17, 2019 – TOYOTA GAZOO Racing won a 87th Le Mans 24 Hours with a one-two finish during a Circuit de la Sarthe following a thespian final hour of a 2018-2019 FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) season. 

Sébastien Buemi, Kazuki Nakajima and Fernando Alonso, in a #8 TS050 HYBRID, shielded their Le Mans climax and cumulative a drivers’ World Championship in a process, winning by 16.9secs from team-mates Mike Conway, Kamui Kobayashi and José María López in a #7. 

But those unclothed contribution do not simulate a loyal play of a shutting stages, that denied a #7 what seemed a certain feat in front of 252,500 spectators. 

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On a 367th lap, with a lead of over dual minutes, information on a #7 automobile indicated a puncture and José pitted to reinstate a tire. A sensor emanate resulted in a wrong tire being identified, definition José left a pits still with a deflating tire. That necessitated a delayed path behind to a pits when all 4 tires were changed, handing an irrefutable lead to Kazuki in a #8. 

The #7 organisation had tranquil many of a contest, carrying set a fastest-ever Le Mans competition path of 3mins 17.297secs. Other motorsport annals were rewritten too; Kazuki became a initial circuit-racing World Champion from Japan and Fernando is a second motorist to win four-wheel universe titles in dual opposite disciplines, carrying formerly been crowned Formula 1 champion. 

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The #7 automobile had started a competition from stick position following Kamui’s fastest subordinate lap, with a #8 starting usually behind. That set a stage for an sparkling and tighten conflict for altogether feat between a dual 1,000PS TS050 HYBRIDs, with movement overhanging one approach and afterwards a other. 

After 12 hours a dual TOYOTAs were distant by usually 8.6secs. In a night, a #7 seized a wilful advantage as a sister automobile faced an aerodynamic imbalance. That was caused by bodywork repairs due to a rigours of a tough, flat-out competition nonetheless a cars were always on a same lap. 

As a final hours approached, a opening remained comparatively quick around dual mins and a concentration switched to bringing a cars home safely. All seemed to be going to devise until a #7 gifted a dramas and Kazuki took a lead with reduction than an hour to go. 

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Shigeki Tomoyama, GAZOO Racing Company President: “I would like to truly appreciate all fans, ancillary companies and all group members who fought with one heart. In sequence to win Le Mans, a quick automobile alone is not enough. We also need a clever automobile and team. We wanted to urge on a feat final year; we finished a continual bid to urge all and we trust this was transparent in this year’s victory. we was unequivocally tender with a lectern jubilee when we see a many TOYOTA GAZOO Racing flags and dual Japanese flags drifting in a air. we am unequivocally happy to emanate a new page in a story of Le Mans. But we can't be entirely happy if we cruise a difficulty that occurred on automobile #7, that lead many of a race, in a final hour. A delayed puncture was accompanied by sensor difficulty and this mislaid a lot of time. We can feel there is still room to urge in a automobile and group operation. For Le Mans in 2020, and for a hypercar category from autumn 2020, TOYOTA GAZOO Racing will continue to make a clever today, and even some-more tomorrow, always formulating improved sprit. The continued support of a fans is unequivocally appreciated.” 

Hisatake Murata, Team President: “We have an surprising feeling since we have won a second Le Mans though everybody in a group is contemptible for Mike, Kamui and José and a #7 crew, who would have been honourable winners. We will examine a accurate means of this emanate in a entrance days to equivocate a repeat. Nevertheless, we am unapproachable of a altogether opening as good as a group suggestion that we showed via a race, also in a challenging moments in a final hour. Congratulations to a new World Champions Sébastien, Kazuki and Fernando, also on their second Le Mans victory. This was a thespian finish to an implausible deteriorate for TOYOTA GAZOO Racing and we demeanour brazen to fortifying a titles subsequent season.” 

TS050 HYBRID #7 
Race: 2nd, 385 laps, 37 array stops. Grid: 1st. Fastest lap: 3min 17.297secs 

Mike Conway (TS050 HYBRID #7): “It’s a tough outcome since we were looking good for a long, prolonged time though we usually got detrimental with a puncture. That’s Le Mans. Everyone on a group did a good job, generally a automobile crew. All credit to them for giving us a automobile that ran during a front all day. Congratulations to automobile #8 not usually currently though also for winning a World Championship. They have been challenging opponents, though it has been a lot of fun. We will be pulling to come behind stronger.” 

Kamui Kobayashi (TS050 HYBRID #7): “To win Le Mans is intensely challenging and frustrating; we saw that again. we have attempted 4 times, so maybe subsequent year will be mine. The indicate is that we should never give up; we should continue to pull and try a best. This year we pushed unequivocally tough to win and it looked good until 23 hours, so this outcome is tough to take. Congratulations to automobile #8 and everybody who got to a finish of a race; it is not easy to finish a 24-hour competition so good finished to everyone.” 

José María López (TS050 HYBRID #7): “Firstly we would like to honour a team-mates from automobile #8 who pushed us to a extent for a Le Mans win and a World Championship title. The story of Le Mans has proven that it is a tough and vicious race; unfortunately, we had to knowledge this today. Nevertheless, we am unapproachable of my team-mates Mike and Kamui for their performance, they gathering a good competition and we can guarantee that we will come behind stronger to Le Mans.” 

TS050 HYBRID #8 
Race: 1st, 385 laps, 34 array stops. Grid: 2nd. Fastest lap: 3min 18.397secs 

Sébastien Buemi (TS050 HYBRID #8): “It was a challenging competition for us since we knew that it was probable to remove a World Championship. When we started a competition we wanted to stay on a gait of automobile #7 though after usually 5 laps we realised this was scarcely impossible. We got stronger during a competition though admittedly automobile #7 was quicker in a end. we would have been confident to finish a competition in second so what happened to automobile #7 is unequivocally painful. we am unequivocally contemptible for them, they did an extraordinary job.” 

Kazuki Nakajima (TS050 HYBRID #8): “This year a Le Mans win was motionless by fitness and not by performance. It was a tough competition and what happened to automobile #7 is tough to believe. We gifted a identical conditions in 2016 so we know how this feels and we feel for a team-mates. Thanks to a win we are also World Champions and we are unequivocally unapproachable of this after a prolonged and tough season, that enclosed many tighten fights with a sister car.” 

Fernando Alonso (TS050 HYBRID #8): “It is extraordinary to win Le Mans for a second time, though a win came unequivocally unexpectedly. We did not have a gait to win this competition opposite automobile #7 on track. Today fitness was a large factor, and this is partial of motorsport. we feel for my team-mates who are indeed some-more than team-mates, they are friends. They would have deserved a victory, though a competition chose us to win it. Our categorical idea was to win a World Championship and we are unequivocally unapproachable that we have achieved this.”

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