In 2017, Toyota’s Thai department made the daring resolution to race on the 24 Hours of Nürburgring, a gruelling staying power race even for essentially the most seasoned groups. The Toyota Crew Thailand, because it used to be identified again then, did complete the event – an excellent feat in and of itself, although it did end remaining in its Tremendous Manufacturing 3 (SP3) elegance and 2nd to remaining total.
Over the following couple of years, the outfit, now referred to as the Toyota Gazoo Racing Crew Thailand, progressed its competitiveness and started to climb the standings, completing at the podium in 2016 and 2019. Remaining 12 months, it accomplished a step forward through clinching no longer handiest its first victory but in addition a 1-2 end in the newest Corolla Altis.
The workforce repeated its luck eventually weekend’s race, with the #120 automotive pushed through Taiwan’s Chen Jian Hong, Japan’s Naoki Kawamura and Thai nationwide Grant Supaphongs taking the category win and completing 79th total. The all-Thai workforce of Nattavude Charoensukhawatana, Nattapong Hortongkum, Manat Kulapalanont and Suttipong Smittachartch took the overall step of the rostrum within the #119 automotive, two laps down in 87th total.
Granted, there have been handiest 5 entrants within the elegance (one among which used to be the mythical Opel Manta “Flying Fox” that crashed out of the race), which allows automobiles with naturally-aspirated engines between 1,750 cc and a pair of,000 cc. However a win is a win, one thing this is laborious to reach within the tough prerequisites on the Inexperienced Hell.
The truth that the workforce from the Land of Smiles has executed it two times in a row is much more commendable given the Japanese TGR team‘s personal struggles prior to now. For those who had been questioning, Toyota determined no longer to take part within the two most up-to-date editions because of the coronavirus pandemic.
The 2021 race noticed specifically treacherous climate because of rain and fog, the latter inflicting a long 14-hour in a single day stoppage that resulted within the tournament’s shortest working but. Simply 59 laps had been finished through the whole successful workforce of Matteo Cairoli, Michael Christensen and Kevin Estre within the Manthey Racing #911 Porsche 911 GT3 R.