Lexus LC Triumphs in SP-PRO Class during the 24 Hours of Nürburgring 2019
Demonstrating its racing prowess on one of the world’s most demanding circuits, the No. 56 GR Lexus LC claimed first position in the SP-PRO class at the 24 Hours of Nürburgring endurance race held recently in Germany. The result marks the second year in which the Lexus LC has triumphed in its category at Nürburgring, following its impressive debut performance in 2018.
Driven by Takeshi Tsuchiya, Takamitsu Matsui, Naoya Gamo and Yuichi Nakayama, the No. 56 GR Lexus LC emerged in the top qualifying group, starting from the 35th place overall on the grid among a lineup of 158 cars. After a solid start, the No. 56 GR Lexus LC continued running well despite challenging conditions and maintained the 30th overall rank. While a prolonged pitstop after nearly eight hours resulted in the vehicle losing ground in the overall standings, the team held their stance to finish the race in first place in the SP-PRO class.
Yugo Miyamoto, Chief Representative of Middle East and Central Asia Representative Office, Toyota Motor Corporation, commented, “We are proud of our team’s achievement in this challenging event for the second consecutive year. The Lexus LC gave an outstanding performance at this year’s 24 Hours of Nürburgring; a place that tests the strength and capabilities of the GAZOO Racing team and its vehicles. We will continue to build upon everything we have learned through our participation in motorsport to develop vehicles with bold design and exhilarating performance. I would like to thank our fans for continuously inspiring us to push the boundaries in our drive to create Amazing Experiences.”
The 24 Hours of Nürburgring is one of the world’s most demanding races and is considered the ultimate test for cars and their drivers. The circuit features 170 corners of varying lengths and an uneven driving surface resembling a winding mountain road. As a day-long endurance race, the 24 Hours of Nürburgring gives manufacturers the chance to push vehicles to their limits for an extended period and gain valuable insights on their performance under challenging real-world conditions.
Over the years, Lexus has been participating in several different forms of motorsport, including the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC); FIA GT3 Championship; Super GT Series; and Nürburgring 24 Hours endurance race. Lexus’ involvement in these events was overseen by separate entities within the company until April 2015, when the parent company established GAZOO Racing to consolidate all its motorsport activities under one in-house brand. Representing the company’s belief that ‘roads build people and people build cars’ - GAZOO Racing highlights the role of motorsport as a fundamental pillar of Toyota’s commitment to making ever-better cars. Harnessing years of experience gained under the extreme conditions of various motorsport events, GAZOO Racing aims to forge new technologies and solutions that bring the freedom, adventure and joy of driving to everyone.
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