The 2013 FIA World Endurance Championship is just around the corner and TOYOTA Racing is ready to electrify Silverstone. Last year, after the team’s bitter-sweet return to Le Mans, TOYOTA Racing’s #7 TS030 HYBRID returned to the track at Silverstone for its first six-hour race, setting the LMP1 lap record and secured the team’s first podium in second place. Race preview and exclusive 2013 season preview video after the break.
Regular readers and followers of TOYOTA Racing will know our team only competed in six of the eight FIA WEC rounds last season as the team’s “learning” season. Against all odds, TOYOTA Racing came through to win three races, including the final two of the season, our home race at Fuji Speedway and the season finale in China.
This year, we’re starting the season from the opener, with two cars and ready to take on the challenge of Silverstone, confident from our performance last year.
Kazuki won’t be joining us in Silverstone this weekend as he’ll be defending his Super Formula (previously Formula Nippon) title at Suzuka.
Our #8 drivers will be reunited for the first time since Le Mans last June.
For Anthony, it will be his first race behind the wheel of the TS030 HYBRID since his spectacular accident at Le Mans last year. Test has proved he is not only back to full fitness – he’s still on full throttle too!
Relive TOYOTA Racing’s return to Le Mans in 2012:
Between Le Mans and Silverstone last year, our team based at Toyota Motorsport GmbH in Cologne, Germany worked hard to deliver a new high-downforce aero update for the Northampton circuit. We will use the same specification for both our cars this weekend.
The 2013 evolution of our TS030 HYBRID will make its debut at Spa-Francorchamps next month.
Yoshiaki Kinoshita, Team President
Video exclusive: TOYOTA Racing 2013 Season Preview: