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Published on October 5th, 2015 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez

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Toyota Gazoo Racing returns to hallowed ground for Japan leg of WEC

As the WEC moves to Japan for it’s next leg, Toyota Gazoo Racing will be on some very familiar turf. Toyota owns the circuit, after all, so they’ve got the added advantage of practice and course knowledge. Great elevation changes and high speed sweepers make for an exciting track, and Mount Fuji provides a perfect backdrop for the race.

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The Fuji Speedway track, which is now 4.563km long with 16 corners and a 1.475km straight, has a rich history in endurance racing and a special place in TOYOTA’s own motorsport past. The 1000km of Fuji attained legendary status since its first race in 1967, won by the TOYOTA 2000GT. The iconic TOYOTA 7 forged its reputation as an endurance race car by winning the following two Fuji races. The race joined the WEC calendar in 1982 and ran for seven years, including three seasons when the series was known as the World Sports Prototype Championship.

08 DAVIDSON Anthony (GBR) Buemi Sebastien (CHE) Lapierre Nicolas (FRA) Toyota Ts 040 Hybrid Lmp1 H Team Toyota Racing , action during the 2014 FIA WEC World Endurance Championship, 6 Hours of Fuji from October 9th to 12th 2014, at Oyama, Japan. Photo Frederic Le Floch / DPPI

Anthony Davidson and Sébastien Buemi won the Fuji race 12 months ago to strengthen their hold on the drivers’ title and this year they are joined in the #1 TS040 HYBRID by Kazuki Nakajima, a winner of this race in 2012 and 2013. Alex Wurz is also a two-time victor at Fuji and he is joined in the #2 TS040 HYBRID by Stéphane Sarrazin and Mike Conway, who is making his LMP1 debut in Japan.
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