The Japanese producer was having fun with its most dominant show of the Hypercar period to date on the WEC’s first go to to the Italian circuit, with the #7 GR010 Hybrid of Kobayashi, Mike Conway and Jose Maria Lopez pulling out a cushty lead over the 2 Glickenhaus zero07 LMHs and the only real grandfathered Alpine A480 campaigned by Signatech.
Nonetheless, simply after the four-hour mark, Kobayashi was compelled to park the #7 automotive on the run to the Ascari chicane with suspected technical points, permitting Romain Dumas to return by means of and take an unlikely lead within the #709 Glickenhaus.
Fortuitously for Toyota, the American boutique producer was compelled to make an unscheduled pitstop for a precautionary brake change, costing the #709 automotive a number of laps.
A late battle with Alpine for victory additionally didn’t materialise after Toyota was capable of pit below a full-course yellow for a late splash-and-dash, retaining the general lead over the A480 pushed by Nicolas Lapierre, Matthieu Vaxiviere and Andre Negrao.
Following the race, Toyota mentioned it is going to examine the difficulty that brought about Kobayashi to crawl to a halt when each its hybrid-powered Hypercars are shipped again to its base at Cologne in Germany.
Recalling the incident that dropped the #7 crew 40s behind the Glickenhaus earlier than it managed to regain the lead, Kobayashi mentioned: “The automotive simply shut down in some way, we didn’t know what was happening.
“We misplaced all of the powertrain. [There was an] error message on my show and clearly I had no energy in any respect. So I simply communicated to the engineer and the decision was that we have to cease the automotive and clearly we misplaced a lot time [doing so].
“At that time we needed to discover a protected place [to stop] however there was no protected place. So it price us much more time.
“It’s a little bit of a disgrace as a result of it appeared good [until that point] however as quickly as we stopped we wanted to reboot the automotive. We misplaced I believe round a minute, so it price us quite a lot of time.
“However I believe we did an excellent job, we got here again [to recover] the [lost] time and eventually we got here again to win. Due to all of the crew we had an excellent automotive.
“It was a disgrace for the reboot stuff however we acquired fairly related issues in Spa, so we nonetheless want to know what’s happening.”
#7 Toyota Gazoo Racing Toyota GR010 – Hybrid: Mike Conway, Kamui Kobayashi, Jose Maria Lopez
Picture by: JEP / Motorsport Images
Though Toyota has received all three races firstly of the season, it has additionally confronted some teething points with its new Hypercar contender.
Whereas the #7 automotive has been saddled with bulk of the problems to date, the sister #eight GR010 of Kazuki Nakajima, Sebastien Buemi and Brendon Hartley needed to make 4 lengthy journeys to the storage with its personal set of issues at Monza, together with a gas stress challenge.
That dropped the trio to 33rd place and final among the many categorized finishers, 43 laps down on the profitable automotive.
Conway admitted that Toyota has “some work to do” to type the reliability of its Hypercar forward of the double-points Le Mans 24 Hours spherical in August.
“It was a tough fought race, loads of ups and downs, as Kamui talked about the problems we had,” mentioned Conway, who received final yr’s LMP1 title with Kobayashi and Lopez. “Sadly automotive #eight additionally had points. However we noticed as quickly as Glickenhaus had been within the lead that they had a difficulty as properly.
“A tough six hours for positive however undoubtedly good momentum to enter Le Mans with. However we nonetheless acquired some work to do by way of reliability.
“We have now to maintain working onerous till Le Mans and hopefully try to win that. It’s going to be [won the] onerous means. We see that six races are onerous sufficient, 24 for positive goes to be onerous.”