Le Mans: Behind-the-scenes with Toyota

Toyota Gazoo Racing are the only works effort in the LMP1 effort at the 86th running of the Le Mans 24 Hour race, with Fernando Alonso headlining the effort the spotlight is firmly on the Japanese team to finally claim the trophy they seek most after years of cruel luck in the quest to do so.

Alonso along with his former F1 co-drivers Kazuki Nakajima and Sebastien Buemi share the #8 Toyota Gazoo Racing TS050 Hybrid with the #7 sister car in the hands of ex-Sauber driver Kamui Kobayashi, Mike Conway and José María López.

Nakajima put the #8 car on pole by a whopping two seconds, as the Japanese team annexed the front row for the race which starts at 15h00 local time (CET) and it is clear that the race is theirs to lose…

Images (in above slideshow) by the Toyota photographers who have access to the heart of Toyota’s Le Mans effort during the first two days of track action at the Sarthe.