Toyota Gazoo Racing decided to switch cars to José María López from Córdoba for the 2017 edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans that will be held on June 16 and 17.
Instead of sharing the TS050 HYBRID N ° 7 with the English Mike Conway and the Japanese Kamui Kobayashi as planned since the beginning of the year, Pechito will alternate in the TGR LMP1 with the N ° 9 with the French Nicolas Lapierre and the Japanese Yuki Kunimoto . While his position with Conway and Kobayashi will be filled by the Frenchman Stéphane Sarrazin.
The reason for putting López in the third car Toyota scored for the legendary endurance race - the other TS050 HYBRID will be driven by the Swiss Sebastian Buemi, the Briton Anthony Davidson and the Japanese Kazuki Nakajima - is only one: the few laps he completed. at the start of the Endurance World Championship in Silverstone (Great Britain) where he suffered a severe accident that forced him to miss the next match at the Belgian circuit of Spa-Francorchamps.
"Lopez is in an unfortunate position after completing few race laps in the WEC this year, so we saw fit to readjust our lineup," said Toshio Sato, Chief Team Officer.
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