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Heartbreak at Toyota
Jun15

Heartbreak at Toyota

With 10 hours remaining of the Le Mans 24 Hours, and having led throughout the night, the #7 TS040 HYBRID stopped on track at Arnage corner, with Kazuki Nakajima at the wheel. The cause of the stoppage has been diagnosed as an electrical problem relating to the loom. The car officially retired from the race after 13 hours and 53 minutes. Kazuki Nakajima: “It is heartbreaking. I don’t know what to say. I really feel for the team and...

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Drama at the front: Audi lead
Jun15

Drama at the front: Audi lead

Audi swept in to the lead of the Le Mans 24 Hours during the dawn hours as the leading Toyota hit electrical problems at the end of the 14th hour. Kazuki Nakajima looked like he had the challenge of the #2 Audi well under control after Stephane Sarrazin had fought to stop Andre Lotterer from making inroads into the TS040’s lap lead. However, the Toyota then stopped at Arnage corner with the electrical problem, and was officially...

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Porsche lead after 4 hours
Jun14

Porsche lead after 4 hours

An absorbing and dramatic start to the 2014 Le Mans 24 Hours played out in front of a packed crowd this afternoon with incidents, retirements and rain showers providing an exciting start to the twice around the clock epic. Toyota briefly held a 1-2 position at the front of the field in their Michelin-shod TS040 Hybrid’s but a localised rain shower in the second hour saw a dramatic turn of events which saw the #3 Audi R18 e-tron...

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Toyota on pole at Le Mans 24 Hours
Jun13

Toyota on pole at Le Mans 24 Hours

  Pole position was secured by Kazuki Nakajima to give Toyota the prime starting position for the Le Mans 24 Hours this weekend. The ex-Formula 1 racer found almost one second in the opening stages of the third qualifying session to head his challengers in the Toyota TS040 HYBRID LMP1 car. The fast action came in the first part of the session before the sun set, with Nakajima the only driver able to get under the 3m22s bracket...

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The ‘Big Three’ at Le Mans in 2014
Jun10

The ‘Big Three’ at Le Mans in 2014

  Fresh rules and regulations in the LMP1 category are set to make this year’s Le Mans 24 hours one of the most intriguing of recent years. Based on energy consumption, with a limit on what you can use on a single lap of the legendary 8.47mile La Sarthe circuit, the Audi v Porsche v Toyota threeway battle is all the more fascinating as they each use different methods and technology to harness their power. The new regulations have...

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