Toyota pushes back TS030 race debut after test-session crash

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Default Toyota pushes back TS030 race debut after test-session crash

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TOYOTA RACING TO DELAY SEASON DEBUT

TOYOTA Racing regrets to announce that, as a result of a testing
accident, it is not able to participate in the WEC Six Hours of
Spa-Francorchamps.

During testing at Paul Ricard, on Wednesday 4 April, the TS030 HYBRID
was involved in an accident which damaged the team's only monocoque.

Regrettably this damage is too severe to repair. A replacement
monocoque cannot be produced and sufficiently tested to ensure
reliability within the limited time available.

Therefore TOYOTA Racing has informed the organizers of the FIA World
Endurance Championship of its decision to withdraw from the WEC Six
Hours of Spa-Francorchamps, due to be held on 5 May. The team will
make its first appearance at the Le Mans 24 Hours in June.

Yoshiaki Kinoshita, TOYOTA Racing Team President:
"We are deeply saddened to announce this decision and our
sympathies are with the drivers, team members and fans who have been
anticipating the Spa race so eagerly. Since the accident we have
looked into all options but unfortunately there is no alternative
course of action open to us."

TOYOTA Racing will now urgently prepare a new monocoque to allow it to
resume testing as soon as possible and prepare itself for the Le Mans
24 Hours.

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