Home Trip For Toyota Gazoo Racing

Home Trip For Toyota Gazoo RacingToyota Gazoo Racing is aiming to return to the winner's circle when its World Endurance Championship (WEC) campaign resumes at its home track in Japan this weekend.
The team is buoyed in its quest for victory at the Six Hours of Fuji by having racked up three consecutive WEC wins in this race between 2012 and 2014.

Its positive mood follows a close fight for victory at the previous round of this season's championship, held last month at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas.

Stéphane Sarrazin, Mike Conway and Kamui Kobayashi in the Toyota #6 TS050 Hybrid need to earn just half a point more than their nearest Audi rivals to move into second place in the driver's championship.

Anthony Davidson, Sébastien Buemi and Kazuki Nakajima are also aiming to challenge for the top of the podium in their #5 TS050 Hybrid.

The Fuji Speedway circuit, about 110km from central Tokyo, is just a few kilometres from the Higashi-Fuji Technical Centre, where the team's 736kW hybrid racing system is developed and built.

Engineers and drivers face a challenge in determining the best set-up for the cars due to the track combining a particularly tight and twisty final sector followed by a 1.475km main straight.

Sarrazin said competing in front of the home crowd in Japan, including many Toyota employees, made the team more motivated than ever to perform strongly and fight for the win.

"We always go to Fuji wanting to win because it's our home race and we get so much support there," he said. "The track should be even more suited to our car than in Austin, so I am optimistic."

Preparations for the race will begin on Friday with two 90-minute practice sessions. The starting grid will be determined on Saturday with a short qualifying session. Sunday's race, the seventh of nine rounds this year, starts at 1pm AEDT.