Ishiura withdraws from Toyota Racing #8 at Le Mans

TOYOTA Racing regrets to announce that Hiroaki Ishiura is unable to take his place in the driver line-up of the #8 TS030 HYBRID at the Le Mans 24 Hours due to a back complaint.

During the first tests of the TS030 HYBRID, Hiroaki experienced discomfort in his back due to the higher g-forces experienced in an LMP1 car.

After taking medical advice, Hiroaki informed TOYOTA Racing of his decision to withdraw from the team for this year’s Le Mans 24 Hours and concentrate on regaining full fitness ahead of the 2013 season.

TOYOTA Racing is evaluating a potential replacement and will confirm its decision as soon as the change has been ratified by the ACO.

Hiroaki Ishiura: “This was an extremely difficult decision to take because racing at Le Mans is my dream, but my physical condition has to be the priority.
I did not feel I was in the right condition to race an LMP1 car at Le Mans this year but I will focus on recovering as I really want to drive for TOYOTA Racing next year. For now I will focus my energy entirely on Super GT and the Nürburgring 24 Hours, whilst supporting TOYOTA Racing from a distance.”

Yoshiaki Kinoshita, Team President: “I would like to express my thanks to Hiroaki for his integrity in these difficult circumstances. As a team we reluctantly respect his decision and we are pleased he remains part of the TOYOTA motorsport family through his activities in Super GT and at the Nürburgring 24 Hours. His speed, consistency and team mentality impressed us greatly during his short time with TOYOTA Racing so we would be delighted if he can return to the team next year.”

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6 Comments on Ishiura withdraws from Toyota Racing #8 at Le Mans

  1. That is too bad. I hope he will return to the TS030’s cockpit next year.

  2. That’s interesting. Ishiura is doing well in the Japanese Super GT series, but obviously driving an LMP1 is much harder than that. As there is not much time to replace him until Le Mans, the alternative driver has to be someone with LMP1 experience. The logical choice would be Franck Montagny, a 2011 Peugeot driver who hasn’t got a Le Mans cockpit yet, and who was also involved in the Toyota F1 program some years ago as a test driver. Next possibility could be Marc Gené who already replaced Timo Bernhard in the Audi at Spa, as it could be a good feedback for Toyota to hire someone who has driven both a Peugeot and an Audi already.

  3. Supposedly Anthony Davidson is slated to be the replacement driver. A good driver but man, I hate the guy. A total dickhead!

  4. @Mike M
    Davidson IS already in the Toyota lineup for Le Mans. They need 6 drivers, not 5…

  5. Guy smith? gutted for him and for the race itself that Dyson dropped out. He’s capable, experienced, safe and quick.

    Also, i find people’s dislike of Davidson to be misplaced. He’s a fabulous driver and sometimes a bit overly passionate, but thats how characters are made. For me he’s the best driver of toyota’s 5.

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