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TOYOTA STRIVES FOR "HOME" VICTORY IN JAPAN

**Team striving for fifth win in six races at Fuji**
**Conway and Kobayashi aim to repeat last year's success**
**Decision on WEC participation expected in October**


Toyota aims to win its third race in this year's World Endurance Championship (WEC) when it competes on home ground this weekend in the 6 Hours of Fuji.

Toyota has dominated the Japanese round of the WEC, winning four of the five races held since it returned to top-level endurance racing in 2012.

Spurred on by a large and passionate home crowd, the team is determined to add to its two wins this season at Silverstone, England, and Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium.

The race occurs with Toyota expected to make a decision about its future WEC participation during October, although not necessarily during the Japanese event.

Mike Conway and Kamui Kobayashi won at Fuji last year and will target a repeat result alongside José María López in the #7 TS050 Hybrid. Anthony Davidson returns from a one-off absence to join Sébastien Buemi and Kazuki Nakajima in the #8 car.

Fuji Speedway is a home race for Toyota GAZOO Racing. It is the sole Japanese round in the WEC calendar and TS050 Hybrid's 1,000hp hybrid powertrain was developed and built just a few kilometres from the track, at the Higashi-Fuji Technical Centre.

About 110km from Tokyo, the track has hosted 33 top-level six-hour or 1,000km endurance races since 1967 of which Toyota has won 11 with famous cars such as the 2000GT, Toyota 7, Group C cars and the recent hybrids LMP1s.

Conway said he was looking forward to being competitive in a race that has always been good for Toyota.

"Fuji is a circuit which relies more on mechanical grip and power which normally suits our car," he said. "I think we can be strong and hopefully bag a win."

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Aleks Krajcer
Manager Public Affairs
Tel: (02) 9710 3994
Mob: (0433) 385 996
aleks.krajcer@toyota.com.au

James Wang
Senior Lifestyle and Motorsport Public Relations Consultant
Tel: (02) 9710 3215
Mob: (0431) 431 082
james.wang@toyota.com.au



 
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Toyota is targeting a third WEC win for 2017 when it competes in Japan.