Toyota President Akio Toyoda will be one of the four drivers racing the Gazoo Racing Lexus LFA in the 41st annual Nürburgring 24 hour race this weekend in Germany, joining the team of Masahiko Kageyama, Hiroaki Ishiura, & Kazuya Oshima. The LFA will be racing in the SP8 class.
The race will be livestreamed on the Gazoo Racing website, the Lexus Europe team will be providing live race coverage on Twitter, and racing updates will also be posted here at Lexus Enthusiast throughout the weekend.
Update: The race is now finished.
May 20th, 2013
11:12am ET: The race is now over — the Gazoo Racing LFA finishes the race 37th overall, P2 in SP8 class.
10:43am ET: Entering the last 15 minute stretch, the LFA sits P2 in the SP8 class and 35th overall.
8:57am ET: The LFA is now 39th overall and P2 in the SP8 class:
5:04am ET: Toyoda-san is once again behind the wheel of the LFA, currently the team is P3 in the SP8 class and 40th overall:
2:00am ET: The race has finally resumed, here’s a photo of the LFA on the restart grid:
May 19th, 2013
8:32pm ET: The race remains on hold — if and when the race is restarted, all teams will have ninety minutes to get the cars ready and out on the grid. They will be lined up by their final position before the rain delay.
Also, I’m being told that Toyoda-san is scheduled to drive the LFA again in the morning.
5:12pm ET: Now six hours in, the race has been postponed due to rain:
4:47pm ET: The rain has started, here’s the LFA being outfitted with rain tires:
3:36pm ET: Nearly four hours into the race, the Gazoo LFA team has climbed up to 39th overall:
1:18pm ET: LFA stops for tires & fuel:
12:23pm ET: After an hour and a half of racing, the Gazoo LFA has fallen to 39th position.
11:11am ET: The race has started — here’s the LFA racing team, including Toyota president Akio Toyoda:
10:35am ET: Less than 30 minutes before the race starts, here’s the V10 engine in the Gazoo Racing LFA:
May 18th, 2013
6:26pm: The Lexus LFA has just finished two days of qualifying, and will be starting at 30th overall and first in the SP8 class in the race tomorrow (11am ET/8am PT) — Lexus Europe has posted some photos from the past two days: