Toy­ota GAZOO rac­ing team earns podium fin­ish in sixth round

2016 FIA World En­durance Cham­pi­onship

Kuwait Times - - SPORTS -

Toy­ota GAZOO Rac­ing earned an­other podium fin­ish after a strong per­for­mance re­cently in a closely-fought 6 Hours of Cir­cuit of the Amer­i­cas, the sixth round of the 2016 FIA World En­durance Cham­pi­onship (WEC) held in Austin, Texas, USA.

The #6 TS050 Hy­brid of Stephane Sar­razin, Mike Con­way and Ka­mui Kobayashi fin­ished third for their fourth podium of 2016, fin­ish­ing just 26.096 sec­onds be­hind the win­ner after an ex­cit­ing vic­tory bat­tle be­tween all three LMP1 hy­brid man­u­fac­tur­ers.

An­thony David­son, Se­bastien Buemi and Kazuki Naka­jima in the #5 suf­fered an­other un­for­tu­nate race, with sev­eral mi­nor is­sues com­bin­ing to keep it out of the podium fight, fin­ish­ing in fifth.

The race had started promis­ingly for the #5, when Se­bastien moved from sixth on the grid to fourth place dur­ing a charg­ing first stint un­der blaz­ing sun­shine and with air tem­per­a­tures over 35C. Mike took the start in the #6 and ran sixth dur­ing the open­ing stint be­fore hand­ing over to Ka­mui at the first pit stops. At the same time, great pit work on the #5 al­lowed An­thony to emerge in third. As dark­ness fell and the race reached half dis­tance, the #5 lost more time when a dam­aged front end was changed after Kazuki’s stint, then suf­fered again soon after when a rear left punc­ture forced an un­planned pit stop for Se­bastien. Stephane took over from Ka­mui for the fi­nal stint in third place. Stephane had fresh tyres and pushed to close the gap, with the race leader also not far away. A fight­ing per­for­mance in the fi­nal laps saw the gap close, but sec­ond place was just out of reach, with Stephane tak­ing the che­quered flag only 2.455 sec­onds be­hind the sec­ond-placed car and 26.096 sec­onds be­hind the win­ning car. Se­bastien brought the #5 home two laps down in fifth.

Ac­cord­ing to Takayuki Yoshit­sugu, Chief Rep­re­sen­ta­tive, Mid­dle East and North Africa Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Of­fice, Toy­ota Mo­tor Cor­po­ra­tion, “It was a com­mend­able per­for­mance by the Toy­ota GAZOO Rac­ing team in a com­pet­i­tive race backed by the solid per­for­mance of the TS050 Hy­brid. It also demon­strates the per­for­mance ca­pa­bil­i­ties of our hy­brid cars in global rac­ing. At Toy­ota, we hold a shared be­lief that par­tic­i­pat­ing in mo­tor­sports is the key to de­vel­op­ing peo­ple and mak­ing ever-bet­ter cars. We sin­cerely ap­pre­ci­ate our cus­tomers for sup­port­ing our rac­ing ini­tia­tives over the years.”

Toshio Sato, Team Pres­i­dent, said: “I am pleased with our strong per­for­mance here in Austin. We have fo­cused all week on race pace and it paid off to­day. I am par­tic­u­larly proud of the job done by ev­ery­one in the team, es­pe­cially con­sid­er­ing how dif­fi­cult it has been in this heat. Our quick pit stops and ef­fec­tive strat­egy helped to achieve a strong result. This has been a good step to­wards our home race at Fuji Speed­way, where we want to give our Ja­panese fans and col­leagues a result to en­joy.”

The Toy­ota GAZOO Rac­ing team will now travel with op­ti­mism to its home race, the 6 Hours of Fuji on 16 Oc­to­ber, which takes place just a few kilo­me­tres from the Hi­gashi-Fuji Tech­ni­cal Cen­tre where the 1,000hp Toy­ota Hy­brid Sys­tem-Rac­ing (THS-R) tech­nol­ogy is de­vel­oped and built.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Kuwait

© PressReader. All rights reserved.