Toyota confirms entry into 2012 FIA World Endurance Championship

Toyota TS030 Hybrid LMP1

Toyota confirmed overnight that it will be entering two TS030 Hybrids into the 2012 FIA World Endurance Championship. One car, wearing the number 7, will be driven by Alex Wurz, Nicolas Lapierre and Kazui Nakajima. The drivers for the second car will be announced shortly.

Yoshiaki Kinoshita, team president, said: “The circumstances for the championship changed suddenly in recent weeks and Toyota Racing considers it important to work together with the FIA and ACO to establish a successful future for endurance racing. We have done everything we can to show our support and we look forward to an exciting season, including the opportunity to race two cars at Le Mans.”

The TS030 Hybrid will make its competition debut at the Six Hours of Spa Francorchamps on 5 May, which is the second of eight races on the 2012 WEC calendar. Toyota will attend all remaining seven races, including, of course, Le Mans (16–17 June).