El World Endurance Championship (WEC) returns to Italy for the first time in almost 30 years to contest the 6 Hours of Monza, proof that takes the post of the mythical 1.000 Kilometers. It will be the third date of the 2021 contest that, surely, will have the Argentine Jose Maria Lopez as one of its protagonists.
Pechito will alternate in driving the Toyota GR010 HYBRID # 7 of Toyota GAZOO Racing with english Mike conway and to Japanese Kamui Kobayashi. The trio champions of the specialty will try to achieve their first win of the season after finishing third in the 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps and second in the 8 Hours from Portimao.
In both races the victory was for the Toyota since the drivers of the GR010 HYBRID # 8 won, the Swiss Sébastien Buemithe Japanese Kazuki Nakajima and the New Zealander Brendon Hartley. This winning streak allows them to be at the forefront of the contest with 20 points ahead of their teammates.
“I am very happy to return to Monza. I haven't run there in a long time, but I have very fond memories of the early years of my campaign when I lived nearby. I won some competitions there in my youth and I would also like to win there in the WEC ”López explained.
“It is a perfect circuit for endurance racing and after the great performance in Portimao we go there with great expectations. We all want to have a good weekend because it is the last race before Le Mans. ", Agregó.
For Toyota it will be the return to a track where it already won. In 1992, Geoff lees y Hitoshi ogawa there they obtained the first victory of the brand in the Sport World Cup over a Toyota TS010 de Group C.
That was precisely the last time that an endurance test was held for the World Cup, although the WEC already visited the Italian track of 5.793 meters in 2017 for a general test.
The Monza high-speed track is an ideal preparation for the 24 Hours of Le Mans, with long straights followed by chicanes that will reproduce some of the technical challenges posed by the circuit of La Sarthe in the race to be held on 21 to the 22 of August.
The action begins in Italy with the opening practices on Friday afternoon, before a Saturday packed with two more practice sessions and qualifying to determine the 37-car grid for Sunday's race.