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DENSO plays its part in TOYOTA GAZOO Racing 24 Hours of Le Mans 2019 triumph
09 July 2019 | Article
TOYOTA GAZOO Racing (TGR) and its technical partner, DENSO, have claimed back-to-back 24 Hours of Le Mans victories, as two-time F1 champion, Fernando Alonso, as well as former F1 drivers, Sébastien Buemi and Kazuki Nakajima, defended their crown.
Victory in the World Endurance Championship (WEC) finale for the #8 TSO50 HYBRID also ensured the trio clinched the title.
Team-mates, Mike Conway, Kamui Kobayashi and José María López, finished second – and were cruelly denied victory after an issue in the closing stages of the race:
With a lead of over two minutes and approaching the final hour of the race, the #7 had to pit with a puncture; however, a sensor issue resulted in the wrong tyre being identified and changed, meaning a slow lap back to the pits for a second stop and hopes of a first victory dashed.
However, such was Toyota’s superiority, the TGR still secured its second 24 Hours of Le Mans 1-2 in consecutive years.
For DENSO, which supplies TGR with inverters, Iridium Racing Spark Plugs and the rear motor generator units, it was another historic and proud moment, as a quarter of a million people cheered from the stands and millions watching on their televisions around the world.
It is testament to DENSO’s components that they can play such a pivotal and influential role in TGR’s era of dominance at the 24 Hours of Le Mans – DENSO’s Assistant Project Manager Aftermarket, Fatiha Laauich, said: “We hope this pattern of success will continue for years to come!
“Naturally, we are delighted for the TGR team that it has won successive 24 Hours of Le Mans victories. Our components are put through extreme pressures during this ultimate test of endurance, and it is a fantastic demonstration of the quality of the products that they have delivered consistently.”Back to the overview