After a tumultuous race, the Toyota Racing Team stood on the podium at Le Mans 24 Hours proud to have achieved 3rd place. Finishing in 3rd extends their lead in the World Championship and record Toyota’s fifth podium finish at Le Mans in France.
The dramatic race put an end to Toyota’s 100% winning record at 2014 FIA World Endurance Championship. In a sudden downpour, and on slick tires, the #8 TS040 Hybrid was involved in a multicar accident. After 50 minutes of repair, #8 left the pits determined to score as many points as possible and finished an amazing third.
“Part of the magic of Le Mans is that it is so unpredictable and challenging. We will come back stronger for this experience and we have a World Championship to fight for, starting at the next race. All team members, including the drivers, performed brilliantly in this race, not only to repair the damage but to stay positive and bring home third position. I am very proud of this and the whole team should be proud of their efforts too. Finally, I would like to congratulate both Audi and Porsche for their impressive performances. Everyone fought extremely hard today and showed great competitive spirit.” boasts team president Yoshiaki Kinoshita.
Stay tuned for round 4 of the FIA WEC at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas, September 20, 2014.