Toyota Gazoo Racing has announced their sports plans for the season 2017. Among other details, the japanese firm has confirmed the news that many fans were waiting for, the whole time Toyota will field a third Toyota TS050 Hybrid at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. With the arrival of the long-awaited third prototype to test queen of the WEC, a circumstance which was not the case since 1999, the training increases considerably their options of victory in The Sarthe. The great novelty in term of pilots is the already known signing of José María ‘Pechito’ Lopez, which will occupy the seat of Stéphane Sarrazin.
Anthony Davison, Sébastien Buemi and Kazuki Nakajima will compete in the first of the Toyota TS050 Hybrid, repeating the alignment of 2016. For its part, the second prototype will be tandem Jose Maria ‘Pechito’ Lopez, Mike Conway and Kamui Kobayashi. The arrival of the three-time champion of the WTCC relegated to Stéphane Sarrazin to the third of the Toyota. This unit is aligned at Spa as preparation for the 24 Hours of Le Mans and in the own appointment in The Sarthe. The two riders that will accompany Stéphane Sarrazin in this third unit are to be confirmed, although one of them seems to be Ryo Hirakawa.
In regard to the rest of the sports programs of Toyota, highlights the debut of Nick Cassidy, Kenta Yamashita and Jann Mardenborough in the Super Formula, which has led to the change of team Kamui Kobayashi. André Lotterer and Kazuki Nakajima will continue at TOM S. For his part, in the Super GT in addition to the debut of the Lexus LC500, highlights the return of James Rossiter and Kazuki Nakajima, in addition to defense of the title, who shall be Heikki Kovalainen. No surprises in Nascar or in the project in the WRC, the 24 Hours of Nürburgring and the development of young riders remain key for Toyota.