Kamui Kobayashi is the new official driver for Toyota in the WEC. The japanese have been confirmed during the presentation of the athletic programs of Toyota Gazoo Racing held this morning by the firm in Japan. In this way, the ex-pilot of Formula 1 to fill the gap left by Alex Wurz after his retirement and he will be teaming with Stephane Sarrazin and Mike Conway in one of the new Toyota TS050 Hybrid that will rival the mark in the Endurance World 2016 in the category LMP1. The new prototype has not been revealed, although a premiere corporate colors.
Kamui Kobayashi was already enrolled in Toyota as a reserve driver, a position that was very close to enable them to compete in the 24 Hours of Le Mans 2015 due to the injury suffered by Kazuki Nakajima at Spa. Finally, its presence in The Sarthe could not be consummate, fish bone that you can take this year to participate in the 84th edition of the test. Will be his second participation in Le Mans any time, in which he played the full 2013 season in the Endurance World with a Ferrari 458 Italia of AF Corse in the category GTE-Pro.
As is customary in Toyota, the presence of Kamui in the WEC does not imply that you only have a single program during the season 2016. Kobayashi also played the Super Formula japan with one of the cars Sunoco Team LeMans, structure in the share box with another ex-F1 as is Narain Karthikeyan. It will be the second season that will compete in the category and in the team, with his best result to date in second position achieved in Okayama. Last season was fifth in the overall standings with 20 points after three podiums. This year he hopes to be able to fight for the title.