“We had great reliability with no technical issues and the team did a great job in the pit stops, as well as getting the car on track again after the accident,” said Sébastien. “In the end I think we finished where we deserved to, based on our pace. Race week at Le Mans is always a fantastic experience, both for fans and drivers, with many events occurring outside of the race itself. This year’s event also marked the 30th year since TOYOTA made their first official entry into the iconic race, so additional activities were held to commemorate the milestone. Fans gathered to receive autographs and take pictures with the TOYOTA GAZOO Racing drivers, as well as enjoy the display of the legendary TOYOTA TS020 entered into Le Mans in the late 1990s. The Le Mans Drivers’ Parade was as exciting as ever, with classic open-top sports cars adding to the entertainment for over 100,000 fans who gathered in Le Mans city centre to see the competitors. This was to be a taste of things to come at the weekend as a record crowd of 263,000 spectators watched the race live at the historic circuit.
In the run up the race weekend, former Team President Yoshiaki Kinoshita was awarded the prestigious Spirit of Le Mans Award by the Automobile Club de l’Ouest. Kinoshita san’s work with the team culminated in securing the 2014 Manufacturers’ World Championship alongside the 2014 World Championship for Drivers.
Disappointed but motivated for improvements, TOYOTA GAZOO Racing returns to its Cologne base eager to find improvements for Le Mans 2016 as well as the next round of the WEC, the Six Hours of Nürburgring – a home event for the team - which will be held on 30 August.