Toyota is set to continue in a revamped top class of endurance racing
Firm to continue in endurance racing due to planned rule changes following Porsche and Audi’s withdrawal
Toyota’s Gazoo Racing boss Shigeki Tomoyama has indicated the brand will continue to race in the top class of the World Endurance Championship (WEC) and Le Mans.
The firm is currently the only major manufacturer committed to the top-level of endurance prototype racing following the withdrawal of Audi and Porsche, prompting speculation Toyota could quit the category to focus on its World Rally Championship programme.
Speaking in the build up to the Tokyo motor show, Tomoyama suggested that the new regulations being drawn up to reduce costs and encourage closer competition in the WEC’s top division were looking increasingly appealing to Toyota.
“Once things have calmed down we will make a decision, but we will probably continue to be racing in a new top-flight class which they are looking to create,” said Tomoyama. “We are looking to stay – and only with the goal of winning.”
A final decision on Toyota’s plans is expected to be revealed in December, when WEC and Le Mans organisers outline the new rules package for 2019 and beyond.