Toyota and Lexus arrived at the Green Hell in force over the 24 hour race weekend with 10 race cars to tackle the 25km circuit. Toyota Swiss Racing secured the team’s second class victory in two years at this year’s rain-affected race. Click through to read more.
The #212 Toyota Swiss Racing GT86 led the V3 class early on until it was crashed into by another competitor who lost control, damaging the car’s right side door and body panels. Quick repair work by the team meant the car was able to regain the lead which it kept for the majority of the race.
Unfortunately, the #212 suffering from its unforced accident early on lost the lead to complete further repair work at the closing stages of the race, finishing valiantly in sixth position.
Toyota Swiss Racing Team Leader, Hannes Gautschi, commented: “We achieved an excellent result and I’m proud of the whole team. I would like to thank both our team and the team of Ring Racing working with us for a job well done.”
Heavy rains and dense fog overnight put a damper on the race weekend, forcing race control to red flag the event. When conditions proved safe to return to racing at 08:00 CET on Monday morning, some 9.5 hours had passed.
Toyota’s grassroots motorsport programme, GAZOO Racing, achieved two second place podium positions with the team’s race-prepared Toyota GT86 and Lexus LFA.
GAZOO Racing Lexus LFA #79 battled for the lead in SP8 class throughout the shortened race period to pick up a second place podium position.
The #135 GAZOO Racing Toyota GT86 was retired after the second qualifying session after suffering an accident at the back section of the 25-kilometre circuit.
Undeterred, the Japanese outfit’s #136 GT86 went on to claim a second place podium position, finishing on the same lap as the leader of the SP3 class.
#212 Toyota Swiss Racing GT86
Frédéric Yerly, Roland Schmid, Benjamin Leuenberger, Olivier Burri
6th in V3, 65 laps (+3 laps in class)
24:01:58.513 (Fastest: 10:36.703)
#213 Toyota Swiss Racing GT86
Lorenz Frey, Peter Wyss, Andreas Lanz, Toni Büeler
5th in V3, 67 laps (+1 lap in class)
24:00:24.841 (Fastest: 10:54.330)
#214 Toyota Swiss Racing GT86
Mark Benz, Christoph Wüest, Werner Schmid, Roger Vögeli
1st in V3, 68 laps
23:57:52.809 (Fastest: 10:46.203)
#79 GAZOO Racing Lexus LFA
Masahiko Kageyama, Hiroaki Ishiura, Kazuya Oshima, “Morizo”
2nd in SP8, 79 laps (+2 laps in class)
24:07:58.584 (Fastest: 9:01.719)
#135 GAZOO Racing Toyota GT86
Akira Iida, Takuto Iguchi, Naoya Gamo
Did not start
#136 GAZOO Racing Toyota GT86
Takayuki Kinoshita, Kumi Sato, Hisashi Yabuki, Yasuo Hirata
2nd in SP3, 73 laps
24:01:57.119 (Fastest: 10:25.986)