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2017 WEC Round 4 Nurburgring

Toyota City, Japan, July 18, 2017 - (JCN Newswire) - Toyota GAZOO Racing took its first-ever podium in the 6 Hours of Nurburgring on a challenging day for the team in the fourth round of the 2017 FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC).

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2017 WEC Round 4 Nurburgring

The Nurburgring, just 90km from the team's Cologne base, has traditionally been a difficult venue for Toyota and that proved to be the case again.

Nevertheless, the pole position-winning#7 TS050 Hybrid of Mike Conway, Kamui Kobayashi and Jose Maria Lopez earned the team's first Nurburgring podium with third place after leading the early stages and setting the fastest lap of the race.

The #8 car of Sebastien Buemi, Anthony Davidson and Kazuki Nakajima suffered early technical trouble and finished fourth on a day when Porsche #2 won the race.

The race began in the worst way for car #8, when a fuel pump problem prevented Sebastien taking the start normally. After a very slow formation lap, he was forced to pit to fit a new fuel pump, losing eight minutes and five laps.

While Kamui led the opening stages in the #7 from pole, Sebastien began the #8 car's fight back. The battle for the lead was enthralling, with Kamui keeping the two Porsches behind during the first hour before handing over to Jose Maria at the first pit stops.

After 80 minutes of fierce racing, the #7 dropped to third place but Jose fought back and kept the pressure on. At the start of his second stint, with two hours completed, he was within two seconds of the race leader.

However, as the race wore on, a change of aerodynamic performance negatively affected both cars. The cause of this will be subject to post-race analysis of the bodywork.

With little realistic prospect of a change of positions, unless misfortune would strike Porsche, the two TS050 Hybrids focused on completing a clean race to secure the valuable World Championship points.

Kamui took the chequered flag for the #7 car in third, earning the team's fourth podium of the season, 1min 4.768secs behind the winner. After a fighting drive back to fourth, Kazuki finished the race for the #8 car five laps down.

That result means Toyota stays in the fight for the manufacturers' World Championship, 39.5 points behind Porsche. The #8 crew lead the challenge in the drivers' standings and are now 30 points away from the leaders.

Today's race marked the end of the European leg of the WEC season, with the teams heading to North America next for races in Mexico City (3 September) and Austin (September 16), prior to the final three races of 2017 which take place in Asia.

Toshio Sato, Team President:
"Nurburgring has again been a challenging race for us. We showed good one-lap speed and we enjoyed the close fight with Porsche in the first, but the car balance changed during the race and this means we lost some performance. Today's race was really a damage limitation exercise in terms of the World Championship. We believe we will be stronger during the rest of the season when the circuits should better suit our TS050 Hybrid. We have minimised the loss to Porsche and now we look ahead to the flyaway races when the target will be to close the gap and fight for the World Championship."

TS050 Hybrid #7 (Mike Conway, Kamui Kobayashi, Jose Maria Lopez)
Race: 3rd, 204 laps, 6 pit stops. Grid: 1st. Fastest lap: 1min 40.633secs

Mike Conway (TS050 Hybrid #7):
"It's always good to be on the podium but we're not really happy today. There are some positives to take from the weekend; qualifying was good for us and we showed strong speed early in the race. But we dropped off as the aero balance changed. Porsche was very strong today so congratulations to them. I am looking forward to the next races when I am sure it will be better for us."

Kamui Kobayashi (TS050 Hybrid #7):
"At the beginning of the race it looked okay. We had good pace during my first stint; we were leading and setting strong lap times. Then later in the race the balance wasn't right and we couldn't fight. To be honest, we expected a hard race here after Friday practice and that's how it turned out. But we got a reasonable amount of points so we will try to improve for Mexico."

Jose Maria Lopez (TS050 Hybrid #7):
"Even though it was a difficult race, we finished on the podium and that's the first time for me in WEC. We were surprised on Saturday to get pole position after a great job from the team but we expected a hard fight today. In my second stint it was really hard with the tyres. For sure we wanted more so we will keep working to come back stronger in the next races."

TS050 Hybrid #8 (Sebastien Buemi, Anthony Davidson, Kazuki Nakajima)
Race: 4th, 199 laps, 6 pit stops. Grid: 4th. Fastest lap: 1min 41.771secs

Sebastien Buemi (TS050 Hybrid #8):
"Clearly that was a disappointing race for us. We couldn't fight at the front due to the problem at the start; all we could do was keep going and get as many points as possible for the championship. Now we need to move on and focus on the next races where we expect to be more competitive."

Anthony Davidson (TS050 Hybrid #8):
"That was not the race we wanted today. The problem at the start was really disappointing because we had a car that was equal to the #7. It's a pity we never had a chance to fight for the podium but at least we got back up to fourth. For the rest of the year we should be in the hunt for victories and we will continue to focus on the World Championship."

Kazuki Nakajima (TS050 Hybrid #8):
"It was a difficult race for us. To start like that with a problem on the formation lap gave us no chance. Speed-wise we showed some potential but there were a few issues. We are fourth and we didn't lose too many points in terms of the championship considering the problem; let's stay positive."

6 Hours of Nurburgring Result:
1st #2 Porsche (Bernhard / Bamber / Hartley) 204 laps
2nd #1 Porsche (Jani / Lotterer / Tandy) +1.606secs
3rd #7 Toyota GAZOO Racing +1min 4.786secs
4th #8 Toyota GAZOO Racing +5 laps
5th #38 Jackie Chan (Tung / Jarvis / Laurent) +13 laps
6th #31 Rebellion (Canal / Senna / Albuquerque) +14 laps

About Toyota

Supported by people around the world, Toyota Motor Corporation (TSE: 7203; NYSE: TM), has endeavored since its establishment in 1937 to serve society by creating better products. As of the end of December 2013, Toyota conducts its business worldwide with 52 overseas manufacturing companies in 27 countries and regions. Toyota's vehicles are sold in more than 170 countries and regions. For more information, please visit www.toyota-global.com.

Source: Toyota

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