- Toyota GAZOO Racing shoots for back-to-back WEC victories
- High-downforce set-up for Toyota TS050 HYBRID cars in China
- Strong team record at Shanghai with two victories and double podium in 2016
Toyota’s world endurance championship team will be chasing its second successive victory when the 1000hp Toyota TS050 HYBRID cars tackle this weekend’s 6 Hours of Shanghai.
Toyota GAZOO Racing finished one-two in a rain-lashed last round at Japan’s Fuji Speedway and is seeking its fourth victory of the season in this the penultimate round of the nine-round championship.
The specific demands of the 16-corner, 5.451km Shanghai circuit mean the team will use its high-downforce aerodynamic configuration, a set-up that helped earn victory in the season’s opening two rounds.
The circuit features both long straights and very slow hairpin corners.
Toyota GAZOO claimed the inaugural Shanghai 6-hour in 2012, won again in 2014 and last year finished second and third, despite the second-placed #7 car suffering two tyre punctures.
Sébastien Buemi, Anthony Davidson and Kazuki Nakajima in the #8 are aiming to back up their Fuji victory, while Mike Conway, Kamui Kobayashi and José María López will push for their first win of the year in car #7.
López has been new this year to many of the circuits on the WEC tour, but has won three times and finished second three times in his six World Touring Car Championship starts at Shanghai.
Swiss driver Buemi said he is confident the mix of corners at Shanghai will suit the Toyota TS050 cars. “I have good memories of winning there in 2014,” he said.
Davidson said he always enjoys the challenge of the Shanghai International Circuit and that “it’s a difficult one to master; the track is pretty challenging and setting the car up correctly is very important.”
Kobayashi said the circuit is tricky, “so it is very rewarding when you get everything right. I think it will be an exciting race and hope to be on the podium again.”