Pechito López with guaranteed place in the Toyota WEC team

The Japanese team underwent a major restructuring for the 2022 season.

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Toyota confirmed important changes in his project of the World Endurance for the season 2022 and, at the same time, announced the two crews that will have their hybrid prototypes.

Among the most relevant modifications are the new positions that the Japanese will occupy Kamui Kobayashi y Kazuki Nakajima. The first was designated as Director of Toyota GAZOO Racing in parallel with his role as pilot; while the second was named as Vice President of Toyota GAZOO Racing Europe (TGR-E) in Cologne, Germany.

Pechito LopezEl Toyota GR010 HYBRID number 7 will keep the same trio of recent years: Kobayashi, the English Mike conway and the Argentine Jose Maria Lopez. In 2021 they won the 24 Hours of Le Mans and champions were consecrated for the second consecutive year.

While driving the Toyota GR010 HYBRID number 8 they will alternate the swiss Sébastien Buemi, the New Zealander Brendon Hartley and the Japanese Ryo hirakawa, 27, and 2017 Super GT champion. Hirakawa will fill the place vacated by Nakajima, who retired at the end of this season.

The brand has not yet confirmed what plans it has for the French Sébastien Ogier, champion with the brand on the WRC and who tested the Toyota GR010 HYBRID a few weeks ago. The desire of Ogier, who in 2022 will have a reduced program in the World Rally Championship, was to compete in the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

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