2015 Toyota GAZOO Racing Festival

2015 Toyota GAZOO Racing Festival: A great success with 42,000 attendees & Tommi Mäkinen’s appearance

Toyota conducted the 2015 Toyota GAZOO Racing Festival after the 2015 season ended. The event in Fuji Speedway was a great success with 42,000 attendees.

They gathered Toyota and Lexus racing cars from all categories that participated in the Super GT, Super Formula, and the 24 Hours of Nürburgring. Aside from the fact that it was held on three consecutive holidays, the circuit wa crowded with many people since early in the morning.

Tommi Mäkinen also attended the event as the representative of Toyota WRC Team, as they will be participating in the World Rally Championship (WRC) in 2017. He performed an impressive doughnut maneuver during the opening ceremony. He also showed a very impressive performance as he drove the 86X at the specially made dirt area. Many rally fans got really excited in the venue.

Also, 16 selection members of AKB48 Team 8, who also made many appearances in Super Formula, also attended this event. They had two small live performances on the official stage, including the special live at the home straight.

Aside from that, there were also various special battles organized by GAZOO Racing such as the grand finals of the Netz Cup Vitz Race, and an exhibition match for 86/BRZ machines, Super GT, and Super Formula. The drivers have finished this season, and they also gave signatures to their fans when they have already relaxed.

During the grid walk at the end of the event, the machines of all categories, which were exhibited and participated in the race, lined up at the grid and were shown to the fans. There was also a grid walk exclusive for Super GT and Super Formula participants, and they were fully able to enjoy the atmosphere in the circuit.

(Translated by Claire Marie Sausora)