- Extending its point lead in the 2014 World Endurance Championship , TOYOTA Racing finishes third at the Le Mans 24 Hours
- #8 team finished third with team members Anthony Davidson, Nicolas Lapierre and Sébastien Buemi
- #7 team retired the race at 13 hours and 53 minutes with team members Alex Wurz, Stéphane Sarrazin, Kazuki Nakajima
TOYOTA Racing stood on the podium at the Le Mans 24 Hours proud to achieve third place after a tumultuous race.
The #8 TS040 HYBRID of Anthony Davidson, Nicolas Lapierre and Sébastien Buemi finished third to extend their lead in the World Championship and record TOYOTA’s fifth podium finish at Le Mans.
That, however, did not tell the full story of a dramatic race which ended TOYOTA Racing’s 100% winning record in the 2014 FIA World Endurance Championship The #8 TS040 HYBRID also had high expectations of fighting for victory but realistic hope was ended within 90 minutes. In a sudden downpour, and on slick tires, Nicolas was involved in a multi-car accident on the Mulsanne Straight.
He nursed the badly damaged car back to the pits where the team worked quickly to replace front and rear bodywork, as well as replacing the suspension installation on the front left corner.
Determined to score as many points as possible having entered the third round of the FIA World Endurance Championship with a 16-point lead in the standings, #8 left the pits after 50 minutes of repairs and finished an amazing third.
Yoshiaki Kinoshita, Team President: “Part of the magic of Le Mans is that it is so unpredictable and challenging. We will come back stronger for this experience and we have a World Championship to fight for, starting at the next race. All team members, including the drivers, performed brilliantly in this race, not only to repair the damage but to stay positive and bring home third position. I am very proud of this and the whole team should be proud of their efforts too. Finally, I would like to congratulate both Audi and Porsche for their impressive performances. Everyone fought extremely hard today and showed great competitive spirit.”
TOYOTA Racing’s continued success within the World Endurance Championship standings speaks strongly to TOYOTA’s greater commitment in driving forward hybrid powertrain technology and advanced drive systems for road vehicles.
With the direct involvement of TOYOTA Racing, TOYOTA’s vehicle development teams are looking to bring proven, cutting-edge innovations to market at a faster pace. Future TOYOTA product developments are drawing inspiration and excitement from motorsports, like the Le Mans racing event, to become sleeker and faster without losing focus on greater fuel efficiency.
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