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TOYOTA HYBRIDS CHASING WEC HAT TRICK IN BAHRAIN

**Bahrain season finale for Toyota GAZOO Racing TS050 cars**
**Team looking for third consecutive win and top tally of five for WEC season**
**Drivers see Toyota pace and lessons from Shanghai as a pointer to Bahrain**


Toyota GAZOO Racing is chasing its third successive victory when the 2017 FIA World Endurance Championship concludes with this weekend's 6 Hours of Bahrain.

The team's 1000hp #8 Toyota TS050 Hybrid race car, crewed by Sébastien Buemi, Anthony Davidson and Kazuki Nakajima, won the last two rounds in Japan and China.

Victory in Bahrain would give the #8 car and Toyota five WEC wins for the season, one more than rivals Porsche.

Mike Conway, Kamui Kobayashi and José Maria López in Toyota #7 have captured four pole positions this season and are chasing their first victory.

Toyota has won twice on the 5.412km Bahrain International Circuit, in 2013 and its WEC winning 2014 season.

Team president Hisatake Murata said the race has extra motivation with the opportunity to finish the season on a high and take the most wins for 2017.

"After our strong performances in Fuji and Shanghai we are ready to fight in Bahrain and give the fans an exciting battle," he said.

Sébastien Buemi said the prospect of stable weather will let the Toyota GAZOO Racing team concentrate on wringing the most from the car and tyres.

"Our car should be quite well suited to the characteristics of the circuit, with heavy braking at the end of long straights," he said.

Mike Conway in the #7 car said they will look to convert their qualifying pace into a victory.

"We learned a lot in Shanghai about (managing) tyre wear," he said. "Bahrain is a similar circuit in that regard, so hopefully that will be to our advantage."

José Maria López will experience Bahrain for the first time in the TS050, but knows the circuit from his drives in a GP2 car.

"Our car has been quick in the last two races, so we can expect to be competitive again in Bahrain, but we know we are in for a tough fight," he said.

Toyota motorsport: In 2017, Toyota marks the 60th anniversary of its first international motorsport entry (and the first by a Japanese car manufacturer), when it contested the 1957 Round Australia Trial. This is why many people consider Australia to be the birthplace of Toyota motorsport. Today, Toyota contests the FIA-sanctioned World Rally Championship, World Endurance Championship which features the famed 24 Hours of Le Mans, and the gruelling Dakar Rally. Closer to home, the Toyota 86 Racing Series seeks to develop the talent of tomorrow as Australia's premier grassroots circuit-racing category. Toyota also supports the Neal Bates Motorsport team in the Australian Rally Championship.

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

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



 
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Toyota is aiming to finish the 2017 WEC season on a high.
Toyota is aiming to finish the 2017 WEC season on a high.
The #8 Toyota TS050 hybrid race car is aiming for its fifth win of the season