Toyota Racing is undertaking its maiden voyage to the United States this weekend for the inaugral Six Hours Circuit of the Americas – round five of the FIA World Endurance Championship.
Drivers Anthony Davidson, Sébastien Buemi and Stéphane Sarrazin pilot the number eight TS030 Hybrid in Austin, Texas, before joining the number seven line-up of Alex Wurz, Nicolas Lapierre and Kazuki Nakajima at Fuji Speedway on 20 October.
Toyota Racing is looking for an outright win in Austin; and to help ensure success, both TS030 Hybrid cars have benefitted from a high-downforce aerodynamic upgrade – the revisions debuted at Interlagos in August.
The Circuit of the Americas opened in 2012, and comprises a 5.515km track with no less than 20 corners, including a fast sweeping section among a pair of tight hairpins.
Four hybrid recovery zones will allow the TS030 Hybrids to recharge their hybrid powertrains – after each recovery zone, the drivers can deploy a 300hp hybrid boost for increased acceleration.
Speaking of Toyota Racing’s US debut and of the venue, Team President Yoshiaki Kinoshita said: “It is exciting for Toyota Racing to be competing in the United States for the first time, particularly at a track like the Circuit of the Americas. It looks like a great layout and I can’t wait to see the TS030 Hybrid running flat-out there.”
The action blasts off on Thursday, with a special test day. A pair of official practice sessions take place on Friday at 09.15-10.45 and 15.25-16.55 CDT, with a final practice and 25 minutes of qualifying taking place on Saturday at 08.40-09.40 and 13.35 respectively. The race starts at 11.00 on Sunday.
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