Why did Pechito López, Conway and Kobayashi's Toyota No. 7 fail?

The team identified the reasons for missing the 24 Hours of Le Mans.


Once again the trio formed by the Argentine Jose Maria Lopez, English Mike conway and the Japanese Kamui Kobayashi he was left with the desire to succeed in the 24 Le Mans Hours, the most important test of the calendar of the Wec. The defeat had a very bitter taste as the drivers of the Toyota TS050 HYBRID No. 7 from Toyota GAZOO Racing they had been forceful over the rest of their rivals.

Unfortunately, a mechanical problem when they were leading comfortably took its toll and left them empty-handed again. They finished third, but that was no consolation ...

“Twice in a row they deserved to win, but something happened that was out of their control… They do everything well, they prepare well, they are fast and every time something goes wrong it is not in their hands. The whole team feels sorry for them ”, he reflected Pascal Vasselon, technical director of the Japanese team.

Jose Maria LopezIt is that last year they were also in a good position to win, but the failure of a sensor made them enter the pits in the wrong way and there their chances ended. This time the problem was a faulty exhaust manifold which forced a lengthy pit stop when Kobayashi was leading the overall overnight.

The inconvenience forced the team to change the whole turbo and exhaust assembly on the right side, something that cost the trio 30 minutes that were impossible to discount. "We had an exhaust failure quite early in the race, it was clearly a quality problem with the exhaust on the right hand side," said Vasselon, who claims to have no words to comfort his pilots ...

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