Toyota GAZOO Racing participated in the Le Mans official test at the Circuit de la Sarthe on May 31. To perform final adjustments on the two TS040 Hybrids, they ran the test for eight hours.
Before the race takes place on June 13 to 14, this official test is the only chance for it to run a lap on a 13.629km full course, which is actually a public road. Kazuki Nakajima recovered from the injuries he suffered during the second round of the 6 Hours of Spa Race. He drove the #1 vehicle TS040 Hybrid, with SÃ©bastien Buemi and Anthony Davidson, the world champions in 2014. Since there’s a possibility that Nakajima will have difficulty participating in the race depending on his recovery, Kamui Kobayashi, a reserve driver, ran four laps in the test and was able to adapt to the unstable weather condition.
Alexander Wurz and StÃ©phane Sarrazin shared #2 vehicle TS040 Hybrid. Mike Conway, who will run at the Circuit de la Sarthe for the first time at the LMP1, was added to the group and did the test.
Unfortunately, there was intermittent rain. However, they were able to assess the performance of the intermediate tires and rain tires, and the course setup of the TS040 Hybrid on a low grip course. The afternoon session began on a wet course. However, it dried up in the middle of the course and it became possible to run with slick tires, before the rain poured again.
Team representative Toshio Sato said: “We confirmed the condition of the vehicle and tires under an erratic weather and course condition. Having brought out our ability despite this situation is an advantage. Meanwhile, although there were only few times we ran on dry road, we were able to acquire much data for the race. Taking advantage of this, we will draw enough speed on a dry road.”
(Translated by Natassia Jeronne D. Martinez)