5th November 2019
Mike Conway heads to Shanghai this week as he prepares for the next challenge of the 2019/20 FIA World Endurance Championship - the 4 Hours of Shanghai.
Mike and his TOYOTA GAZOO Racing team are ready for what will be one of their toughest challenges in recent times as they face an unprecedented challenge from their LMP1 rival in the third round of the 2019/20 season.
This challenge comes in the form of the maximum success handicap of 2.74secs per lap for both Mike’s #7 TS050 and the sister #8 car, as both cars have collected both a win and second place each in the opening two races.
Mike’s year got off to a perfect start as he, Kamui Kobayashi and José María López took victory at Mike’s home race at Silverstone before going on to finish second at TOYOTA’s home race at Fuji Speedway.
Handicapped in Fuji due to their opening race success, both TOYOTA’s will have identical TS050 HYBRIDs this weekend as the two crews head to China tied on points at the top of the World Championship standings.
Mike has fond memories of Shanghai after converting pole position to victory in the six-hour race last year and will be looking to replicate the success this time around as the race changes from six hours to a four-hour contest on the 5.451km Shanghai International Circuit.
“I have good memories of racing in Shanghai from our victory there last year; I hope we can stand on the top step of the podium again this time as well. It should be a great battle with the sister car, but I’m sure the non-hybrid LMP1 cars will be stronger than ever in China. It will not be an easy race but we’re ready for it and looking forward to the challenge.”
Mike race weekend gets underway on Friday with free practice at 03:00 (GMT), with qualifying taking place on Saturday at 06:30 and Sunday’s four-hour race getting underway at 04:00.