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201527 Aug

NBR-Test

 

World Champions Toyota Gazoo Racing will make the short journey south to participate in the fourth round of the World Endurance Championship, the Six Hours of Nurburgring.

 

With 90km separating Toyota Motorsport GmbH in Cologne from the Nurburgring, Toyota has the shortest journey of all LMP1 manufacturers to the first WEC race in Germany since 1991, when the series was called the World Sportscar Championship.

 

This weekend's race marks a return to race action for the TS040 Hybrids after a 10-week break since the Le Mans 24 Hours, when Toyota finished sixth and eighth.

 

World Champions Anthony Davidson and Sebastien Buemi partner Kazuki Nakajima in car number 1 aiming for a second podium finish of the season. The car number 2 line-up of Alex Wurz, Stephane Sarrazin and Mike Conway are looking for their first top-three of the year.

 

Toyota prepared for the race with a two-day test at the Nurburgring in July, which gave the team a chance to evaluate set-up and tyre choice while allowing drivers Anthony, Sebastien and Alex to reacquaint themselves with the track.

 

Previously known as the Nurburgring 1,000km, the race has a rich history, beginning in 1953. The Nordschleife lay-out was used until 1984 and an endurance prototype still holds the outright lap record around the daunting 20km track, known as the ‘Green Hell’.

 

This weekend's race will take place on the shorter Grand Prix lay-out which features 16 turns over its 5.148km and is relatively narrow, making it challenging for LMP1 drivers to cope with the slower LMP2 and GT cars.

 

Despite being a new addition to the WEC calendar, all Toyota drivers have race experience of the Eifel circuit, which is a regular on the schedules of junior championships as well as Formula 1.

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