Great step for Yuji!
Toyota Gazoo Racing has announced driver lineup for 3rd TS050.
1st dirver is already revealed Stephane Sarazin. Another 2 driver has not been revealed so far.
Then Toyota nominates Nicolas Lapierre and Yuji Kunimoto for 3rd of TS050 driver.
Nicolas Lapierre return for Toyota Gazoo Racing since 2014. After leaving Toyota, Lapierre shows strong performance at LMP2 field.
Lapierre class wins at Le Mans 2 consecutive years 2015 and 2016. And takes world title of WEC LMP2 champion last year.
Big news for Japanese fan. 2016 Super Formula champion Yuji Kunimoto gets first time LMP1 drive. Kunimoto shows great speed and stability at Toyota Gazoo Racing’s driver audition.
2016 is impressive year for Kunimoto. In Super Formula, beat some champion experienced and WEC drivers Lotterer and Nakajima, F1 debut Stoffel Vandoorne.
In Super GT, gives first time GT500 for Weds Sport Bandoh.
Kunimoto miss Super Formula testing at Fuji this weekend due to going WEC prologue. And schedule crash WEC Rd,2 Spa and Super GT Rd.2 Fuji.
So 2016 Japanese F3 champion Kenta Yamashita will replace to Kunimoto that race.
Lapierre and Kunimoto are contests Rd.2 Spa and Rd.3 LeMans 24h.