It felt like yesterday when the gruelling Dakar 2013 kicked off. In fact, the 34th running of the classic event (and fifth time in South America) started on January 5 from Lima, Peru and ended on Saturday in Santiago, Chile. Two weeks later, after crossing three countries and thousands of kilometres in truly rough terrain, South African Toyota Imperial Team’s Hilux 4×4 stormed across the finish line to claim an overall second place finish! More after the break.
The race is over for Toyota Racing at the 80th 24 Hours of Le Mans. After being pushed right to the back of the LMP1 class after a protracted repair session, the #7 car was forced to retire with further issues. We will update you with the details shortly.
Update: 05:00 CET: Our final race report is now available after the break.
“Anthony Davidson was taken to the circuit medical centre following his accident during the Le Mans 24 Hours. Doctors at the circuit have confirmed that Anthony is suffering from shock and back pain, however there are no signs of any injuries and he is walking and talking with no problems. He will be taken to a local hospital for precautionary checks but the team is relieved and happy to hear he is okay. Further updates will follow in due course.”
Update: 00:30 CET: Anthony’s team mates Stéphane Sarrazin and Sébastien Buemi have visited him in a local hospital where he is undergoing precautionary checks. He will stay there until Monday.
We’re all very happy to hear that he is OK and we wish Anthony all the very best! Our report after 8 hours after the break.
As Friday’s Toyota Racing press conference, Toyota TS030 HYBRID car #7 driver Alex Wurz - former F1 driver and two time Le Mans winner – gave us some of his time to explore yet another insight into the team’s current progress after a very impressive qualifying result for the team’s first time out – 3rd and 5th on the start grid. Interview in full after the break.
We’re just a few hours away from the big event: the 80th 24 Hours of Le Mans. Coming up are two interviews with the drivers of our #7 Toyota TS030 HYBRID racer. First up is Kazuki Nakajima who just received the ACO “Rookie of the Year” award at Friday’s really wet and cold Drivers’ Parade in the city centre of Le Mans in front of thousands of fans. You can check out the interview after the break.