TORONTO, ON – JUNE 10, 2019 – TOYOTA GAZOO Racing will move a screen down on a record-breaking 2018-2019 FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) deteriorate when it sets out to urge a Le Mans 24 Hours climax subsequent week in a many severe eventuality of a year.
Following a ancestral initial feat final year, in a second competition of a 2018-2019 WEC season, a group has dominated, winning 6 of a 7 races so far, and goes into a 87th Le Mans 24 Hours already positive of both a teams’ and drivers’ World Championship.
As good as a conflict to explain feat during La Sarthe, a deteriorate culmination will see a drivers’ pretension decided. The #8 TS050 HYBRID of final year’s Le Mans winners Sébastien Buemi, Kazuki Nakajima and Fernando Alonso holding a 31-point advantage over Mike Conway, Kamui Kobayashi and José María López in a #7, with a limit of 39 points still to win subsequent week.
For TOYOTA, a 2019 Le Mans 24 Hours represents a manufacturer’s 21st entrance into a biggest competition of a continuation racing calendar and a initial as reigning champions, following final year’s feat for a #8 organisation of Sébastien, Kazuki and Fernando, who also started on stick position.
Le Mans represents an peerless plea for car, drivers and team, with all elements wanting to work in unanimity to overcome a problems of a singular circuit, varying continue conditions, tired and a indeterminate inlet of a 24-hour competition with 62 cars pity a 13.626km circuit.
TOYOTA has participated during Le Mans given 2012 with a hybrid-powered LMP1 antecedent and a latest car, a TS050 HYBRID, delivers four-wheel expostulate pleasantness of engine generator units on a front and back axles. By recuperating appetite underneath braking and storing this in a high-powered battery, a TS050 HYBRID has a limit energy of 1,000hp.
As a 2019 Le Mans 24 Hours is partial of a same deteriorate as a 2018 edition, no vital changes are available to a low-downforce selection TS050 HYBRID, though fine-tuning of set-ups and strategies has been on ongoing routine given a team’s feat a year ago.
Preparations for competition week stepped adult a rigging with a central exam day on Sunday 2 June, during that a dual TS050 HYBRIDs set a pace. Sébastien in a #8 available a altogether quickest lap, marginally slower than final year’s best exam path as a outcome of a 10kg smallest weight increase.
The Le Mans week encapsulates a suggestion and plea of continuation racing, including a sum of tighten to 35 hours of driving, starting on Wednesday 12 Jun with a four-hour use eventuality during 16:00 before dual hours of subordinate from 22:00.
Qualifying continues on Thursday with dual serve 120-minute sessions (19:00 22:00) and a starting grid is motionless by a fastest altogether path from any subordinate sessions. The drivers’ march in Le Mans city on Friday gives fans a possibility to accommodate a drivers before a competition weekend, that starts with a 45-minute warm-up during 09:00. The competition itself starts during 15:00 on Saturday, with a checkered dwindle drifting during a same time on Sunday.
Hisatake Murata, Team President: “This is an critical week for us since it is not usually a final competition of a long, successful season; it is also a prominence of a year. Le Mans is a concentration of so many of a efforts during a deteriorate and we have worked unequivocally tough to prepared a cars for this race. We take zero for postulated during Le Mans, that is by distant a many perfectionist eventuality on a calendar. The circuit is unique, a prolonged competition is demanding, a continue can be severe and of march we do not take a antithesis lightly; Le Mans is a loyal plea for everyone. We have lerned and prepared with a clever group suggestion so we trust we are prepared to urge a pretension and be partial of an exciting, romantic competition for a fans.”
Mike Conway (TS050 HYBRID #7): “Le Mans is a special competition since it is a series one design and it is what a TS050 HYBRID is designed for. At Le Mans we unequivocally get to feel a loyal speed of a car. Whenever we get in a car, we am counting down a days to a subsequent Le Mans; it is constantly on your mind. It is a big, sparkling competition and it usually happens once a year. we adore a suggestion of Le Mans and we can't wait to get started this year. It’s a final competition of a deteriorate too so we wish to finish on a high.”
Kamui Kobayashi (TS050 HYBRID #7): “When we arrive during Le Mans, everybody feels that it is something special. we have spent many years in motorsport though a atmosphere and knowledge of pulling on this circuit is always amazing. Le Mans is usually once in a year so we don’t have a lot of chances to win in your career. We have had a right automobile for a past 3 years though so distant we am still forgetful of a Le Mans victory. On automobile #7, we will give all to make certain this can be a year.”
José María López (TS050 HYBRID #7): “We work and dream a whole year for Le Mans; it is a many critical competition for us. Everyone wants to win Le Mans since it is so severe and has so many story behind it. For everybody concerned in a team, it is a unequivocally special experience. We expostulate during many good circuits around a universe any deteriorate though zero compares to Le Mans; usually there can we see a full intensity of a TS050 HYBRID. It’s a illusory knowledge to expostulate this automobile during Le Mans.”
Sébastien Buemi (TS050 HYBRID #8): “Last year’s Le Mans win meant a lot since we have been perplexing for so prolonged together with TOYOTA. To finally win a competition was an extraordinary feeling and achievement. Now we also combine a bit on a drivers’ World Championship and it would be good to win a pretension again. We will concentration together with my team-mates and make certain that we do all right though any mistakes. we feel that we have a good movement and we have been doing a good pursuit so far, so let’s keep pushing.”
Kazuki Nakajima (TS050 HYBRID #8): “To competition for 24 hours is tough since there are a lot of hurdles only to finish a competition and to win is some-more than difficult. That creates this competition so special and that is because we continue to plea during Le Mans. Last year’s feat was of march one of a many critical formula in my career and even some-more critical for TOYOTA, that had been perplexing to win for 30 years. We will need all a bid and energy to win again but, like everybody else on a team, we am unequivocally encouraged to do that.”
Fernando Alonso (TS050 HYBRID #8): “Le Mans is a toughest competition on a calendar. The feat final year meant a lot to me; it was a dream come loyal to grasp that on my initial attempt. It was a special day, a enchanting moment. The lectern jubilee when we see a whole straight, a whole array line full of people after so many tough work creates we feel unequivocally unapproachable of your team. Fortunately, this year we do not have a vigour of winning for a initial time and we wish we can suffer a competition a bit more, though we will work tough and it will really be unequivocally challenging.”
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