Toyota doesn't want to give up in Austin

Left behind in the Drivers' and Manufacturers' rankings, the Toyota clan does not intend to give up this weekend in Austin, Texas.

Published on 16/09/2015 à 09:48

Pierre Tassel

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Toyota doesn't want to give up in Austin

Reigning World Champions, Toyota and the pair Sébastien Buemi ? Anthony Davidson are no longer playing at the forefront this season in World ChampionshipEndurance. The confirmation of the rise of Porsche (winner at Le Mans and the Nürburgring) and the return to the forefront of Audi during the first two events of the year at Silverstone and in Belgium, relegated the TS040 Hybrid to third place in the rankings. the hierarchy since the start of hostilities.

While behind the scenes, the future TS050 is already in people's minds, the Japanese team and its drivers do not intend to give up so easily as the final 2015 events loom. In spirit in qualifying last year in Austin, Texas, and dominating at the start of the race on the Circuit of the Americas, Toyota had suffered the law of Audi in conditions made difficult by the arrival of rain.

“We're going to give it our all in Austin, even though it looks like it won't be an easy race, with tough competition and difficult conditions. We will continue to do our best by adopting a good strategy and making no mistakes. It will be difficult to counter our opponents, we have seen how strong they are, but we are not going to give up. » admits Stéphane Sarrazin, who will perform his return to the WRC in Corsica between Austin and Fuji.

On number 1, Kazuki Nakajima will make its big debut in WEC on this route. Winner at Autopolis in Super Formula last weekend, the Japanese believes that Toyota should not look towards the competition. “We know that our opponents are very strong at the moment, but we will focus on our own preparation, with emphasis on our racing performances. It will be difficult, but I am determined. »

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