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Lexus LFA and Toyota GT86 Celebrate Class Wins in NurburgringWednesday, 23rd May 2012
The GAZOO Racing and Toyota Swiss Racing teams are celebrating after class wins for the Lexus LFA and the Toyota GT86 at the 40th edition of the ADAC 24 Hours Nürburgring race.
It was the sixth time that the Japan based GAZOO Racing Team competed at the world-famous German circuit. In addition to the GAZOO Racing Lexus LFA (SP8 class), the team also entered two race prepared Toyota GT86 vehicles (SP3 class) with seasoned endurance racing drivers joining vehicle development employee drivers from TMC.
The Toyota Swiss Racing Team joined GAZOO Racing at the legendary Eifel circuit with two GT86 vehicles race prepared by Toyota Motorsport GmbH based in Germany. Both entries (car no. 200 and 201) competed in the V3 competition class for production vehicle models.
After surviving a few minor incidents and posting a quickest lap time of 8:44.636, the GAZOO Racing Lexus LFA ran reliably and consistently throughout the race to win class SP8 and finish 15th place overall.
The LFA, which has enjoyed continued Nürburgring success over the last few years including two class wins in the VLN race series this year, completed 147 laps of the nearly 26 km long circuit.
The Toyota GT86’s entered by GAZOO Racing and Toyota Swiss Racing, joined the LFA with class wins in the SP3 and ‘close-to-production’ V3 categories. The winning GT86 from GAZOO Racing finished 46th overall and completed 129 laps.
The second GAZOO Racing GT86 finished third in the SP3 class, completing 125 laps, while the leading GT86 entered by Toyota Swiss Racing completed 119 laps on its way to victory in class V3.
The launch of the Toyota GT86, the marque’s newest rear-wheel drive sports coupe which aims to inspire a new generation of car enthusiasts, in Europe is imminent, while the 86, as it will be known locally, will be launched in South Africa later this year.