Gazoo Racing takes class victories with Lexus LFA, Toyota GT 86 at Nürburgring

Article by Christian Andrei, on May 23, 2012

The GAZOO Racing Lexus LFA was the winner in its class at the recently held 24-Hours of Nürburgring endurance race in Germany, which lasted from May 17 to May 20, according to Toyota Motor Corporation. Also getting a first-place finish in its class is a Toyota GT 86. A total of 169 vehicles participated in the finals.

Takayuki Kinoshita, Akira Iida and Juichi Wakisaka drove the LFA (car no. 83) to finish first and to rank 15th overall. Finishing first in the SP3 class and 46th overall is the 86 (car no. 166), which was driven by Hiroaki Ishiura, Kazuya Oshima, Takuto Iguchi and Minoru Takaki. Masahiko Kageyama, Kumi Sato, Yoshinobu Katsumata and Minoru Takaki, drove a second 86 (car no. 165), which had a sixth-place finish in the SP3 class and was 65th overall.

On May 18, the day of the preliminary round, the LFA placed 32nd overall. It had a good performance from the beginning of the finals to achieve 20th position overall and first in class. The LFA had to make a pit stop because of contact with another vehicle but it still finished the race. The LFA took 15th place overall. TMC, as part of its strategy to create even better cars, teamed up with the GAZOO Racing team in this year's 24-Hours Nürburgring endurance race.

They aimed to widen the appeal of car racing, attract and help out more car enthusiasts, and develop human resources. At the AZOO Racing team, TMC employees worked as mechanics and drivers for the 86.

A big part of the 25-kilometer Nürburgring course is deemed significant in vehicle development because its more difficult conditions permit a more comprehensive testing than what could be expected with conventional evaluations. TMC employee participation in the race enables them to have a personal experience and to apply it to making improved cars.

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