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After damaging its first TS030 Hybrid monocoque in testing at Paul Ricard circuit in France earlier in the month, Toyota Racing announced it'll return to testing on Friday, May 4 with what will essentially be a systems check, functionality test at Magny Cours.
The team has worked hard since the accident, which occurred one month to the date when they expect to return to the track, a very quick timetable for production of a second car. The Toyota Racing team expects to go directly from the fabrication shop to the truck for transport to conduct the single-day test.
Because of the shunt, Toyota Racing had to cancel a total of seven days of April testing, so the team had no opportunity to validate any aerodynamic and hybrid system specifications it intended to use for its first race, which was to be this weekend's six-hour FIA World Endurance Championship contest at Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium.
"I would like to express my thanks to the staff members at Toyota Motorsport GmbH, who have worked so hard to deliver our second monocoque ahead of schedule," said Yoshiaki Kinoshita, team president. "Now we have a very intense testing program to prepare for Le Mans, beginning with an initial functionality test to shakedown our systems."
Because of this delay, Toyota Racing's competition debut for the TS030 Hybrid takes place during the 24 Hours of Le Mans, scheduled for June 16-17; it intends to have two TS030 Hybrid entries.