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Toyota reveals lineup for the 2015 FIA World Endurance Championship

Toyota reveals lineup for the 2015 FIA World Endurance Championship image

Text: Eric Tipan / Photos: Toyota | posted February 02, 2015 08:21

Sebastien Buemi, Anthony Davidson to defend 2014 drivers' title

Toyota Racing has released the complete lineup of drivers for the 2015 FIA World Endurance Championship as they field in two TS040 Hybrid cars with one simple goal of keeping both Drivers' and Manufacturers' world champion titles.

As the defending champions, Toyota Racing will be using the No. 1 and No. 2 plates with the former featuring British Anthony Davidson and Swiss Sébastien Buemi, who together claimed the 2014 drivers' title. Kazuki Nakajima will be the third driver, replacing Nicolas Lapierre.

Alex Wurz, Stéphane Sarrazin and Mike Conway will be in the No. 2 car awaiting the announcement of a test and reserve driver in the coming weeks.

This comes at the heels of Toyota's announcement that they will be returning to the World Rally Championship in 2017.

"We have worked with all our drivers for a long time now and have developed very strong relationships. This stability and consistency has been a significant part of our recent success so it was a priority when planning for 2015 and beyond.  Based on our experiences in 2014, we have decided to modify the line-ups for each car and we believe this will give us the optimum overall performance as the individual driving styles are now well matched. All our drivers are WEC race winners and we are confident they will add to their tally this season and in the future," said Yoshiaki Kinoshita, team president.

Driver lineup:

ANTHONY DAVIDSON  

Born  18 April 1979, Hemel Hempstead, UK

Le Mans debut    2003

Le Mans starts    7

Le Mans best result      2nd (2013)

WEC starts 17

WEC wins   5

WEC best season 1st (2014)

         

SÉBASTIEN BUEMI      

Born  31 October 1988, Aigle, Switzerland

Le Mans debut    2012

Le Mans starts    3

Le Mans best result      2nd (2013)

WEC starts 17

WEC wins   5

WEC best season 1st (2014)

         

KAZUKI NAKAJIMA      

Born  11 January 1985, Okazaki, Japan

Le Mans debut    2012

Le Mans starts    3

Le Mans best result      4th (2013)

WEC starts 16

WEC wins   2

WEC best season 8th (2014)

         

ALEX WURZ       

Born  15 February 1974, Waidhofen an der Thaya, Austria

Le Mans debut    1996

Le Mans starts    8

Le Mans best result      1st (1996 & 2009)

WEC starts 20

WEC wins   5

WEC best season 3rd (2012)

         

STÉPHANE SARRAZIN  

Born  2 November 1975, Alès, France

Le Mans debut    2001

Le Mans starts    13

Le Mans best result      2nd (2007, 2009 & 2013)

WEC starts 24

WEC wins   2

WEC best season 3rd (2013)

         

MIKE CONWAY   

Born  19 August 1983, Sevenoaks, UK

Le Mans debut    2013

Le Mans starts    1

Le Mans best result      n/a

WEC starts 10

WEC wins   2

WEC best season 7th (2013)