Andre Lotterer to drive the Lexus LFA in the Nürburgring 24 hours race

Article by Christian Andrei, on June 20, 2011

André Lotterer, who is part of the winning squad at the 2011 Le Mans race, was named in the Gazoo Racing team for the Nürburgring 24 hours that will take place this weekend. Lotterer will be part of a potent driver lineup with driver/team manager Akira Iida. They will be driving the two LFAs in the race.

Lotterer is a German racer who entered the Japanese Super GT 500 competition and became the double series champion for Lexus. This marks the fourth time that the LFA has joined the Nordschleife, a circuit that tests how Lexus’s advanced technology will hold up to mechanical endurance extremes.

The technical team of Gazoo Racing is drawn directly from Lexus’s research and development section. By participating in the event, these engineers and technicians improve their skills – something that may just be used on the new Lexus products.

Gazoo Racing will bring one of its race cars directly from the Nürburgring to the 2011 Goodwood Festival of Speed, from June 30 to July 3. Just last year, a Gazoo Racing LFA won the SP8 class in the race.

It was able to break the record for the fastest lap of slightly over eight minutes 55 seconds and it finished 18th overall. The team made significant progress with the car. It achieved two class wins in the VLN endurance races at the Nürburgring, finishing up in fifth place, and it also got a fastest lap time that’s nearly 26 seconds quicker than the 24-hour race best that it had recorded.

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LE MANS WINNER LOTTERER TO DRIVE LEXUS LFA AT NÜRBURGRING

André Lotterer, a member of the winning squad at this year’s Le Mans race, has been named in the Gazoo Racing team for the Nürburgring 24 hours this weekend. Lotterer, a German racer who is a double series champion for Lexus in Japanese Super GT 500 competition, will form part of a powerful driver line-up for the two LFA that will be taking part, led by driver/team manager Akira Iida.

It will be the fourth time the LFA has competed at the legendary Nordschleife, a circuit that pushes Lexus’s cutting-edge technology to the extremes of mechanical endurance. Gazoo Racing’s technical team is drawn directly from Lexus’s research and development section, and by participating in the event these engineers and technicians are able to hone skills and that can be fed directly into new Lexus products.

British racing fans will have their own chance to admire the LFA at close quarters, as Gazoo Racing is due to bring one of its race cars straight from the Nürburgring to this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed, from 30 June to 3 July.

In 2010 a Gazoo Racing LFA won the SP8 class in the race, set a fastest lap of just over eight minutes 55 seconds and finished 18th overall. This season the team has made strong progress with the car, with two class wins in the VLN endurance races at the Nürburgring, a fifth place finish and a fastest lap time almost 26 seconds quicker than its 24-hour race best.

The full Gazoo Racing line-up for the 39th Nürburgring 24 Hours: -

Takayaki Kinoshita (Japan)
Six-times Super Taikyu endurance Series champion

Juichi Wakisaka (Japan)
2006 and 2009 Super GT 500 class winner with André Lotterer in the Lexus SC 430

2002 Japan GTC champion
Jordan Mugen Formula 1 team test driver 1998
1996 Japanese Formula 3 champion

André Lotterer (Germany)
Winner of 2011 Le Mans 24 Hours with Audi
2006 and 2009 Super GT 500 class winner with André Lotterer in the Lexus SC 430
Formula Nippon competition 2003 to 2011 with nine race wins
Rookie of the year in German Formula 3 series 2000
1999 Formula BMW ADAC champion

Akira Iida (Japan)
2000 Japan GTC champion
Overall winner of the 1995 and 2007 Tokachi 24 Hours race
Le Mans 24 Hours competitor 1994, 1996 and 2000

Hiroaki Ishiura (Japan)
2007 Super GT 300 champion
Member of the Toyota Young Drivers Programme

Kazuya Oshima (Japan)
Formula Nippon competitor, 2009 to 2011
2007 Japan Formula 3 champion
2007 Super GT 300 champion
Member of the Toyota Young Drivers Programme

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