DENSO-sponsored Toyota Gazoo Racing aiming to extend Championship lead with Shanghai defence
DENSO-sponsored Toyota Gazoo Racing has won four of the last six 6 Hours of Shanghai endurance races. The Japanese team has so far won three of the four rounds of the 2018/2019 World Endurance Championship calendar, including the iconic 24-Hours of Le Mans in June.
Last year, the team clinched its fourth victory at the Shanghai International Circuit. A 1-2 finish this year would help Toyota Gazoo Racing extend its Championship lead over LMP1 category rivals, with the team currently sitting 14-points clear of the competition.
The 5,541 metre-long Shanghai International Circuit is known for its demanding technical sections and high-speed straights. With six hours of racing, top LMP1 teams are expected to cover over 1,000 kilometres (660 miles), with top speeds reaching in excess of 180mph.
DENSO’s OE parts have played a vital role in the team’s success. DENSO supplies Toyota Gazoo Racing with inverters, spark plugs and the rear Motor Generator Units (MGU) that help the TS050 Hybrid achieve an impressive 985bhp.
The Shanghai International Circuit suits the Toyota TS050 Hybrid well, with the team having won four of the last six races in China. The #8 TS050 Hybrid will be driven by Sébastien Buemi, Kazuki Nakajima and F1 star Fernando Alonso, with the #7 TS050 Hybrid piloted by Mike Conway, Kamui Kobayashi and José María López.
The 6 Hours of Shanghai will start at 0300 GMT on 16 November.
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