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Monday, April 30, 2012

TOYOTA Racing TS030 HYBRID back in action

Toyota Racing will return to the track on 4 May with a functionality test of its TS030 HYBRID at the Magny-Cours circuit in France.

Following the accident at Paul Ricard on 4 April, which damaged the monocoque of the first TS030 HYBRID, the team has worked hard to accelerate production of a second car. This will be completed directly before transportation to the one-day functionality test.

A total of seven test days were cancelled in April as a result of the testing accident, giving the team no opportunity to validate the aerodynamic and hybrid system specifications intended for its first race.

So the team had no choice but to miss the WEC Six Hours of Spa-Francorchamps event, which takes place on 3-5 May.

Yoshiaki Kinoshita, Team President: “I would like to express my thanks to the staff members at TOYOTA Motorsport GmbH who have worked so hard to deliver our second monocoque ahead of schedule. Now we have a very intense testing programme to prepare for Le Mans, beginning with an initial functionality test to shakedown our systems.”

TOYOTA Racing’s first race will be the 24 Hours of Le Mans on 16-17 June, where the team will enter two TS030 HYBRID cars.

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