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Team announce plans for 2017 World Endurance Championship
Toyota Gazoo Racing are demonstrating their commitment to the 2017 FIA World Endurance Championship, announcing that three TS050 Hybrid cars will be entered for the 2017 Le Mans 24 Hours and the race at Spa-Francorchamps.
The team are also expanding their driver line-up with José Maria López, recruited to partner WEC race winners Mike Conway and Kamui Kobayashi, in the number 7 TS050 Hybrid for the forthcoming season.
Argentinian López, 33, raced in GP2 before moving to the World Touring Car Championship, where he has been champion diver for the past three years. He said: “This is a dream come true for me and I can’t wait to get to the first race. Mike and Kamui are both great team-mates; I will learn plenty from them I am sure.
“Driving an LMP1 car is very different compared to WTCC cars but I am enjoying this challenge. The power and grip of the TS050 Hybrid are incredible and Toyota’s hybrid technology is impressive. I am looking forward to my first experience of the WEC and particularly Le Mans, which is a very special race.”
The 2014 WEC World Champion drivers Anthony Davidson and Sébastien Buemi will again team up with Kazuki Nakajima for a full season in the number 8 TS050 Hybrid.
Stéphane Sarrazin, who has been a member of the Toyota WEC team since the start of the project in 2012, will continue to play a significant role and will bring the benefit of his experience to the third car as its lead driver.
The team are still assessing their options for his two team-mates; a decision is expected soon. This car will sport the number 9 livery.
Toyota Gazoo Racing will present their 2017 team and the updated Toyota TS050 Hybrid at Monza on 31 March, prior to an official two-day test at the Italian circuit.