Toyota seeking engine issue answers following Spa dramas


Toyota Gazoo Racing were encouraged by their performance during the Six Hours of Spa-Francorchamps on Saturday, but the Japanese outfit will be seeking an answer to why both cars were forced into retirement with mechanical issues.

Both the race-leading #5 entry of Anthony Davidson, Sebastien Buemi and Kazuki Nakajima, plus the #6 entry of Stephane Sarrazin, Mike Conway and Kamui Kobayashi were forced to retire with engine problems, something the team are eager to pinpoint the reasons for so not to have a repeat occurrence.

Team President Toshio Sato reflected on the disappointment of seeing both cars retired early, and is seeking answers to ensure it does not happen again, especially with the 24 Hours of Le Mans just around the corner.

“We saw positive signs in terms of performance but the end result is very hard to take,” said Sato. “Thanks to the great effort from the team in Cologne and Higashi-Fuji, we showed a clear improvement compared to Silverstone.

“We consistently set very strong lap times and were able to lead the race until the last two hours. But unfortunately we experienced damaged engines on both cars.

“Now we will urgently address what has happened and find counter-measures before Le Mans.”