WEC: 6H Spa “important on our step to Le Mans” says Buemi

The Toyota GAZOO Racing LMP1 team and the FIA World Endurance Championship will return to race in the 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps on August 15, prior to Le Mans.

The WEC has not raced since the Lone Star Le Mans in February at the Circuit of the Americas, where the Rebellion Racing team claimed their second overall victory this season.

The ‘SuperSebring’ weekend with IMSA’s 12 Hours of Sebring and WEC’s 1000 Miles of Sebring was cancelled due to COVID-19 complications.

Traditionally preceding the 24 Hours of Le Mans, now in September, the Spa race allows LMP1 teams to test out their Le Mans aerodynamic packages for the first time amongst on-track competitors and warm themselves up before the grand Le Mans 24 race.

At the 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps, there will only be four LMP1 entries participating in the form of the two Toyotas, the #1 Rebellion Racing, and the #4 ByKolles Racing.

Besides a three-day test at Circuit Paul Ricard in July, Toyota GAZOO Racing (TGR) will be amongst those eager to return to racing.

Two-time WEC champion and Le Mans winner Sébastien Buemi, of the #8 TGR, said: “It will be interesting to drive our low-downforce car again next weekend.

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“The test at Paul Ricard went well, but nothing compares to a race weekend, so this is an important step on our road to Le Mans.

“I have some nice memories from Spa over the years and the #8 car has actually won the last three WEC races there, so we will push hard to keep that run going.”

Buemi will be prioritising his Formula E duties for Nissan e.Dams as he will participate in all of their six-round finale, thus missing (only) Free Practice 1 of the 6H Spa weekend.

Mike Conway of the #7 TGR said: “Our #7 crew has been so strong at Spa over the last few years but we’ve never managed to win the race due to factors beyond our control.

The LMP1 Success Handicap is predictable set to have some form of impact on the #7 TGR’s lead in the standings, by pinning back their performance.

“So as well as Le Mans, this is a race I really want to win and we will give it our all.

“It’s an important race as well for our Le Mans preparations so we need to build on the work done at Paul Ricard by getting the most out of our low-downforce package.”