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    So many times when the F1 have let us down the GT boys have done us proud! Hated the state of the broadcast cameras though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 458 Italia View Post
    So many times when the F1 have let us down the GT boys have done us proud! Hated the state of the broadcast cameras though.
    AF boys will never let you down, may have bit of bad luck here and there, but always great to watch.

    Yes, i did actually go to wipe my TV at one point thinking Keira and Jacob had splashed `something on there.
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    Seems Porsche are set to leave LMP1 as well. Probably not a coincidence that they're embroiled in yet another diesel emissions scandal. Diesels should just be banned outright and existing vehicles should be scrapped.

    Nevertheless, I'm sure Toyota (if they're still around) will find some way to balls up Le Mans next year too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Architect View Post
    Seems Porsche are set to leave LMP1 as well. Probably not a coincidence that they're embroiled in yet another diesel emissions scandal. Diesels should just be banned outright and existing vehicles should be scrapped.

    Nevertheless, I'm sure Toyota (if they're still around) will find some way to balls up Le Mans next year too.
    Yeah shame that there's almost no one left in LMP1.

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    Quote Originally Posted by killer View Post
    Yeah shame that there's almost no one left in LMP1.
    Porsche still planning Le-Mans 2018. Plus, there are 2 manufacturers coming in next year i believe. Problem over the years, is the ACO/FIA loved having Porsche, Audi and Toyota. But with their multi million spending on the hybrids, that has pretty much made it unaffordable for any small team/manufacturer to enter and be competitive. Now, i think this will attract smaller manufacturers, and be bit like what we had early 2000s.

    Things all have life cycles, and think this for now has been the big manufacturers time. Toyota, may stay next year. Or will commit long term and wait for Peugeot in 2020.
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    NEW TEAM PRESIDENT FOR TOYOTA GAZOO RACING (WEC)


    Hisatake Murata has become the new Team President of TOYOTA GAZOO Racing (WEC) and President of TOYOTA Motorsport GmbH (TMG) with immediate effect.

    Murata has been responsible for TOYOTA’s hybrid powertrain development in motorsport from the very first racing hybrid in 2006, and he has overseen the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) project since the team’s 2012 entry.

    He takes over from Toshio Sato, who held the position since April 2015 and has now been reassigned to a key role within the Power Train Company of TOYOTA Motor Corporation.

    Murata will bring his extensive motorsport experience to TMG, having previously worked on TOYOTA’s Champ Car and Group C Le Mans projects, whilst recently holding responsibility for the company’s successful Super GT and Super Formula programmes.

    As well as retaining responsibility for the TOYOTA GAZOO Racing WEC project, Murata will now additionally be responsible for TMG’s other activities, which include R&D projects for TOYOTA Motor Corporation, third party services and customer motorsport.

    Working in close cooperation with Murata at TMG will be Rob Leupen, Managing Director and Vice President Business Operations and Pascal Vasselon as Vice President Technical Engineering.

    Hisatake Murata: “I am proud to take this new role at TMG. Since the beginning of our hybrid LMP1 project, I have built up a strong relationship with TMG members so I am looking forward to working together even more closely as we push to succeed in all areas. I would like to sincerely thank Sato for his leadership of TMG since 2015 and wish him all the best in his new position.”

    Toshio Sato: “I want to thank everyone in the TOYOTA GAZOO Racing team and at TMG for their hard work and dedication during the last three seasons. It has been a pleasure to be part of both organisations and I am proud of the improvement we achieved together after a difficult 2015 season. I am starting a new chapter in my career within the Power Train Company but I will always support TMG and the team. Murata has my full support and I wish him a successful time at TMG.”

    Histake Murata Career Highlights
    1987-1993 Toyota Motor Corporation, Motor Sports Division, Race Engine Engineer Le Mans program
    1995-2002 Toyota Motor Corporation, Motor Sports Division, Race Engine Engineer Champ Car program
    2003-2005 Toyota Motor Corporation, Production Engine Engineer
    2006-2007 Toyota Motor Corporation, Motor Sports Division, Tokachi 24hr program
    2006-2014 Toyota Motor Corporation, Racing Hybrid Project General Manager
    2008-2014 Toyota Motor Corporation, Motor Sports Division Le Mans program
    2014-2017 Toyota Motor Corporation, General Manager, Motorsport Unit Development Division
    2017-present Toyota Motorsport GmbH, President
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