11th October 2017
Mike Conway and TOYOTA GAZOO Racing are targeting a return to winning ways this weekend as the FIA World Endurance Championship heads to the team’s home turf for the seventh round of the season.
Mike Conway heads to the foothills of Mount Fuji to contest the seventh round of the WEC season. TOYOTA has dominated the Japanese round of WEC since it returned to the series in 2012, winning four of the five races at the spectacular Fuji Speedway. Mike added himself to the list of winners at the track last year after he helped the #6 TOYOTA GAZOO Racing team take victory ahead of Audi in the 6-hour race.
Following a close and exciting challenge for victory last time out in Austin, the team is determined to add to its two wins this season in front of the usually large and passionate home crowd.
Fuji Speedway is a home race for TOYOTA GAZOO Racing; not only as the sole Japanese round in the calendar but the TS050 HYBRID’s 1,000hp hybrid powertrain is developed and built just a few kilometres from the track, at Higashi-Fuji Technical Centre.
That means the on-track team benefits from significant moral support from colleagues who are not normally able to visit the circuit, beginning early in the week with visits from drivers and team management to Higashi-Fuji and other key partners.
The target is to add another Fuji winner’s trophy to the collection this week as the TOYOTA and Porsche battle it out for the final time in Japan before the German manufacturer’s withdrawal from that category in WEC.
Mike is confident the team can do themselves proud in another close battle with Porsche.
“We won at Fuji last year and it has always been a good race for TOYOTA so I’m looking forward to being very competitive again. I always enjoy visiting Japan and it’s a home race for us which makes it even more special. Fuji is a circuit which relies more on mechanical grip and power which normally suits our car. I think we can be strong and hopefully bag a win.”
Hisatake Murata, TOYOTA Team President, is excited for the team’s home event this weekend.
“We are excited and motivated for our home race at Fuji Speedway. After Le Mans, this is the most important event for our team; TOYOTA has a great record at Fuji Speedway in WEC and we are pushing hard to get another strong result. Many of our team members are based at Higashi-Fuji so we are looking forward to meeting with them again, and also to race in front of our passionate Japanese fans. We will challenge Porsche as one team with one target: victory.”