DENSO-sponsored TOYOTA GAZOO Racing competed June 13-14 in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the third round of the 2015 FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC). As the team’s official sponsor, DENSO supplied its hybrid motor and inverter for the second consecutive season.
The 2015 Le Mans 24 Hours was the 17th time TOYOTA cars have entered the race over the past 30 years. Throughout the past 16 attempts, 40 separate cars have raced, with a best finish of second place (1992, 1994, 1999 and 2013). During that time, drivers such as ex-Formula 1 World Champion Alan Jones, F1 race winner Eddie Irvine and three-time Le Mans winner Allan McNish have driven TOYOTAs. Nippondenso and DENSO have been part of the team since the beginning.
TOYOTA GAZOO Racing endured a long Le Mans 24 Hours, showing good reliability but finishing a disappointing sixth and eighth at the Circuit de la Sarthe. The #2 TS040 HYBRID of Alex Wurz, Stéphane Sarrazin and Mike Conway finished in sixth place, with Anthony Davidson, Sébastien Buemi and Kazuki Nakajima in eighth.
Porsche showed a hard-fought and impressive victory after the #19 beat its sister #17 car to the win. The Audi #7 was third.