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Toyota wants LMP2 cars to be slowed down

The no.8 Toyota Gazoo Racing car at the WEC Prologue. Credits: WEC.

After the WEC Season 9 Prologue Toyota proposes to limit the performance of the LMP2 entries even more.

The Prologue of the upcoming World Endurance Championship brought quite a lot of surprises. Quite naturally, the biggest one was the fact that Hypercars was not the quickest class at Spa-Francorchamps. In fact, it was LMP2 – United Autosports on day 1 and G-Drive Racing on day 2. The form of LMP2 cars raised the concerns at Toyota as one of the Hypercar favorites wanted the lower class to be slowed down more.

“It clearly was not the target to have LMP2 running faster than the Hypercar category. I am trying to put forward that there was a clear will to correct that; it is just that the correction has to be reviewed,” the Toyota Gazoo Racing Europe technical director Pascal Vasselon said.

Vasselon also added that the decision what exactly should be changed should be up to the ruling bodies.

“It is typically a question for the Automobile de l’Ouest and the FIA [who set the rules for the WEC]; I cannot answer this question.”

Some measures to make LMP2 cars slower had already been taken, including the reduction of horse power and introduction of harder tire compounds, provided by Goodyear. This was followed by the power cut as well as inrease of minimum weight and permanently-required low-downforce Le Mans package.

The reaction of the ACO and the FIA is yet to be revealed as we approach the first race weekend of the season – 6 Hours of Spa.

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