In 2017, Toyota’s Thailand branch made a bold decision to participate in the Nürburgring 24-hour endurance race, which is a tough endurance race even for the most experienced team.The well-known Toyota Thailand team at the time did it Complete the activity – On its own, this is an impressive feat, even if it does rank last in the Super Production 3 (SP3) level and second to last overall.
In the following years, the team, now renamed Toyota Gazoo Racing Team of Thailand, improved its competitiveness and began to climb the standings, reaching the podium in 2016 and 2019.Last year, it not only got the first victory, but also ended with 1-2 recently corolla.
The team achieved success again in the race last weekend. The No. 120 car driven by Taiwanese driver Chen Jianhong, Japanese driver Naoki Kawamura and Thai driver Grant Supapong won the category championship and finished 79th overall. The all-Thailand team consisting of Nattavude Charoensukhawatana, Nattapong Hortongkum, Manat Kulapalanont and Suttipong Smittachartch took the last step on the podium with the No. 119 car and was two laps behind with a total score of 87.
It is true that there are only five contestants in this category (one of which is the legendary Opel Manta “Flying Fox” that crashed in the race), which allows cars with naturally aspirated engines from 1,750 cc to 2,000 cc. But victory is victory, and it is difficult to achieve this under the tricky conditions of green hell.
The team from the Land of Smiles is even more commendable for doing this twice in a row. Japan TGR teamMy past struggles. If you are wondering, due to the coronavirus pandemic, Toyota has decided not to participate in the last two editions.
Due to the rainy and foggy weather, the weather in 2021 was particularly bad. The haze caused a 14-hour night suspension, resulting in the shortest running time of the event.In Manthey Racing #911, the championship team consisting of Matteo Cairoli, Michael Christensen and Kevin Estre completed only 59 laps Porsche 911 GT3 R.