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TOYOTA GAZOO #racing entered the #Lexus #LC (car 56, driven by Takeshi Tsuchiya, Takamitsu Matsui, Naoya Gamo, and Yuichi Nakayama) in the 46th of the 24 Hours of Nürburgring #endurance race, which was held at the Nürburgring, #germany, from May 10th to 13th, 2018. The #Lexus #LC finished in 1st place in the SP-PRO class, and 96th overall.
Having completed Qualifying Session 1 on Thursday May 10th, and Qualifying Session 2 on Friday May 11th, the #Lexus #LC recorded a time of 8'34.591, ultimately qualifying for the main race in 32nd position overall. The main race started at 15:30 local time on Saturday May 12th, with driver Matsui at the wheel of the #Lexus #LC among a total race field of 147 cars.
The #Lexus #LC contacted another car immediately after start and was worried about its damage to the vehicle. However, it didn't reach the emergency pit-in and the treatment was carried out with the pit-in of the routine.
Even after that, problems such as power train, brake, tires, electric system etc. occurred. However, each time the drivers, mechanics and engineers corresponded quickly and surely, returning the car to the course once more.
From 6:30 in the early morning on Sunday May 13th, the #Lexus #LC continued without any major issues, made laps, and even increased its position ranking. When the checkered flag was finally waved at 15:30, the #LC took 1st place in the SP-PRO class and finished 96th overall.
The team has encountered many unexpected problems that did not occur in the development test up to the main race. However, everyone in the team understood the purpose of the activities and returned the car to the course each time a problem arose, embracing shared values of "Never give up" and "We will run the car even longer, even for 1 more meter, even 1 more lap".
TOYOTA GAZOO #racing will make sure to utilize all of the experience, knowledge and thoughts gained through this effort to make "ever-better cars".
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