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  1. Toyota Gazoo Racing won the 87th Le Mans 24 Hours yesterday (Sunday) with a one-two finish for their cars in spite of a final hour drama that closed the 2018-2019 FIA World Endurance Championship season Sébastien Buemi, Kazuki Nakajima and Fernando Alonso defended their Le Mans title in the No8 Toyota TS050 Hybrid, securing them the drivers’ World Championship. They crossed the line with a 16.9-second advantage over their team-mates Mike Conway, Kamui Kobayashi and José María López, who had looked set for victory in the No7 car. On the 367th lap, López held a lead of more than two minutes, but had to pit when his car’s on-board sensors indicated a puncture. A sensor issue resulted in the wrong tyre being replaced and the car being sent back into the race still with a deflating tyre. A further slow lap back to the pits for another tyre change handed an unassailable lead to Nakajima. The No7 crew had controlled much of the race, including setting a new record Le Mans race lap with a time of 3 min 17.297sec. Other motorsport records were rewritten, too: Nakajima became Japan’s first circuit racing world champion and Alonso became only the second driver to win four-wheel world titles in two different disciplines, having previously been crowned Formula 1 World Champion. Kobayashi had put the No7 Toyota on pole position with the fastest qualifying lap, just ahead of the No8 car. That set the scene for an exciting and close battle between the two 1,000hp machines as the race progressed. After 12 hours the gap was still less than nine seconds, but during the night the No7 extended its advantage as its sister car encountered aerodynamic issues from bodywork damage. During the final hours the gap remained stable at around two minutes and the focus switched to bringing both cars home safely. All appeared to be going to plan until the final drama played out with less than an hour to run. Hisatake Murata, Team President, said: “We have an unusual feeling because we have won our second Le Mans but everyone in the team is sorry for Mike, Kamui and José and the No7 crew, who would have been deserving winners. Nevertheless, I am proud of the overall performance as well as the team spirit which we showed throughout the race, also in the difficult moments in the final hour. Congratulations to the new World Champions Sébastien, Kazuki and Fernando, also on their second Le Mans victory. This was a dramatic end to an incredible season for Toyota Gazoo Racing and we look forward to defending our titles next season.” FINAL CLASSIFICATION, LE MANS 24 HOURS 2019 1st No8 Toyota Gazoo Racing (Buemi/Nakajima/Alonso) 385 laps 2nd No7 Toyota Gazoo Racing (Conway/Kobayashi/ López) +16.972sec 3rd No11 SMP (Petrov/Aleshin/Vandoorne) +6 laps 4th No1 Rebellion (Jani/Lotterer/Senna) +9 laps 5th No3 Rebellion (Laurent/Berthon/Menezes) +15 laps 6th No36 Signatech Alpine (Lapierre/Negrao/Thiriet) +17 laps
  2. Really looking forward to watching the race live from Le Mans this year (13th year in a row!) I would imagine Toyota will dominate, as usual, but there are many more LMP1 cars on the grid this year and as the saying goes "It ain't over until the Fat Lady sings" and there is nothing more accurate at the Le Mans 24 Hours race than this saying.
  3. Toyota Gazoo Racing are preparing to defend their Le Mans 24 Hours crown next week in the most challenging race of the year and the final date in the FIA World Endurance Championship 2018-2019 season The team have dominated the series since claiming Toyota’s first Le Mans win last year, and enter this year’s race already assured of taking both the teams’ and drivers’ world championships. The drivers’ title will be decided between the crew of the No8 Toyota TS050 Hybrid – the 2018 Le Mans victors – Sébastien Buemi, Kazuki Nakajima and Fernando Alonso, and their No7 car team-mates Mike Conway, Kamui Kobayashi and José María López. The No8 drivers go into the race with a 31-point advantage, but with a maximum 39 points still to be won. Looking ahead to the prospect of his second Le Mans, Alonso said: “Le Mans is the toughest race on the calendar. The victory last year meant a lot to me, it was a dream come true to achieve that on my first attempt. The podium celebration when you see the whole straight, the whole pit lane full of people after so much hard work makes you feel very proud of your team. Fortunately this year we do not have the pressure of winning for the first time and I hope we can enjoy the race a bit more, but we will work hard and it will definitely be very challenging.” Toyota has competed at Le Mans with a hybrid-powered LMP1 prototype car since 2012. This year’s TS050 Hybrid has all-wheel drive courtesy of motor-generators on the front and rear axles and maximum power of 1,000hp. This high output supported by a regenerative braking system that recovers energy under braking for storage in the car’s high-power Battery. Because this year’s race is part of the same season as the 2018 edition, the competition rules prohibit any major changes to the low downforce-specification TS050 Hybrid, but the team have been able to fine-tune the car’s set-ups and their race strategies. Preparations for race week stepped up a gear with the official Le Mans test day on 2 June, during which the two Toyotas set the pace. Buemi recorded the overall quickest lap, marginally slower than last year’s best test lap due to 10kg increase in the car’s minimum weight. The Le Mans meeting encapsulates the spirit and challenge of endurance racing with close to 35 hours of driving, starting on Wednesday, 12 June with a four-hour practice session at 4pm, followed by two hours of qualifying from 10pm. Qualifying continues the following day with further two-hour sessions at 7pm and 10pm. The starting grid is decided by the fastest overall laps from any of the sessions. On Saturday a 45-minute warm-up precedes the race getting underway at 3pm.
  4. THE LEGEND RETURNS The fifth generation of Toyota’s legendary sports car The first global GR model from Toyota Gazoo Racing Conceived as a sports car in its purest form, with no compromise The all-new Toyota GR Supra is the fifth generation of Toyota’s legendary sports car and the first global GR model from Toyota Gazoo Racing The new Toyota GR Supra has been conceived as a sports car in its purest form, with no compromise that might diminish the pleasure of the driving experience. Chief Engineer Tetsuya Tada has adhered to the classic form of a front-mounted, straight-six engine driving the rear wheels, building on the heritage of Toyota’s past Supra generations and original 2000GT sports car. Driving enthusiasts can expect an exhilarating blend of power, agility and precision handling, delivered by the car’s combination of a short wheelbase and wide track, light weight, low centre of gravity and highly rigid body. The 3.0-litre engine is fitted with a single twin-scroll turbocharger and produces 335bhp and 500 Nm of torque. Coupled to an eight-speed automatic transmission, it is characterised by smooth and powerful acceleration, with large amounts of torque available across the full spectrum of engine speeds. Toyota Gazoo Racing was instrumental in honing the new sports car’s performance, working extensively on the famous Nürburgring Nordschleife and surrounding roads in Germany to achieve the most agile, stable and rewarding handling possible. Further extensive testing was carried out on roads around the world. To be certain that the car delivered on its promise, Toyota President Akio Toyoda put it to the test at the Nürburgring in his role as a Master Driver before giving it the final green light. New Toyota GR Supra deliveries to UK customers will start from September 2019. All cars are being manufactured in Graz, Austria. Read the full Press Release here GR Supra Release.pdf
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