WEC: Mexican mission for Mike Conway

1st September 2017

The second half of the 2017 World Endurance Championship kicks off this weekend with a trip across the Atlantic for round five, the 6 Hours of Mexico.

At 2,285m above sea level, the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez has much thinner air than most circuits found of the WEC calendar, making it harder to generate downforce. So, just like at the Nürburgring in mid-July, the team will opt for its high-downforce aerodynamic package that saw the #7 TS050 HYBRID secure pole position in Germany.

The 4.304km circuit in Mexico City rejoined the WEC calendar in 2016 after a 25-year absence. TOYOTA GAZOO Racing earned a return to the podium with Mike Conway behind the wheel of the #6 car, which completed a remarkable recovery after missing most of practice due to an accident and subsequent monocoque change.

After taking three pole positions from four races this season, Mike Conway and the #7 TS050 HYBRID are still in search of their first race victory. 5th in the Drivers’ Championship with 36.5 points, Mike Conway is excited for the unique challenge Mexico provides.

“I really enjoyed racing in Mexico last year. It’s a tight and twisty track which makes it challenging with the traffic and overtaking is difficult, but I like the flow of the corners. I’m looking forward to the crowd because they are really enthusiastic and to see the stadium section full of fans is brilliant. I am sure it will be another close fight with Porsche and I hope we can come out on top.”

In the Manufacturers’ World Championship, Toyota has won two of the four races so far in 2017 and heads to the Mexican round 39.5 points behind leaders Porsche – with a maximum of 44 points available in each race weekend.

This weekend’s race represents Hisatake Murata’s first as Team President and the team is determined to start the non-European leg of the season with a positive result for both cars, prior to trips to the United States, Japan, China and Bahrain.

Hisatake Murata, Team President, is looking forward to the Mexican challenge this weekend.

“I am looking forward to the Mexico race; it is my first race as Team President so I would like to celebrate with a strong result. The team in Higashi-Fuji and Cologne has worked very hard since Nürburgring to prepare our TS050 HYBRIDs for Mexico and the other non-European circuits, which suit our car quite well. We are still fighting for both World Championships so we know it is important to score a lot of points in every race. That is our clear target for Mexico.”

Track action in Mexico gets underway on Friday at 23:15 (BST) with the first free practice session and Sunday’s 6-hour race commencing at 18:00. 

Round Five - Mexico (BST)

 

Friday

FP1: 23:15 - 00:45

Saturday

FP2: 15:30 - 17:00
FP3: 19:45 - 20:45

Sunday

LMP1 Qualifying: 00:20 - 00:40
6-hour Race: 18:00 

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