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THOMAS JOINS TOYOTA GAZOO RACING

May 30, 2019

At only 21 years old, Thomas Laurent become a test and reserve driver in the 2019 FIA-WEC World Champion Team, Toyota Gazoo Racing. The French driver will take up his new duties at the end of the Super-Season and at the end of the Le Mans 2019 24 Hours.

After a dazzling career, Thomas Laurent joined Toyota Gazoo Racing as a test and reserve LMP1 driver. As a Toyota LMP1 test driver, Thomas Laurent will be involved in the development of the manufacturer's projects.

After a World Karting Champion title at Le Mans, a first victorious experience in Asian Le Mans Series (LMP3) at DCR and in Europe at YMR, he made his debut in FIA-WEC (LMP2) with a victory at the Le Mans 24H in his first participation with Jackie Chan DC Racing. With a podium finish overall, Thomas Laurent quickly made a name for himself in the world of motorsport. At the end of 2017, the driver took his first steps with Toyota during the Bahrain post-season Rookie-Test where he tested the LMP1 Toyota hybrid TS050. Promising debut alongside Spanish driver Fernando Alonso who was himself making his first endurance experience.


Thomas Laurent : 
« I am very happy with this new challenge. It is a child's dream to be able to join the team of a prestigious manufacturer such as Toyota Gazoo Racing. I am very proud of this new project in my career. I have a lot to learn in this team with a prestigious list of achievements. Their current participation and results in motor sport is exemplary in both Endurance and WRC. Their spectrum of skills is wide and complete. I look forward to getting behind the wheel of the car, starting my work as a test driver and getting involved in the development of Toyota projects. After a first season in private LMP1 at REBELLION, it is a new step in my career to be able to join a manufacturer team. I would like to thank Pascal Vasselon and the TMG-Toyota Team for their trust and Rémy Brouard for his advice. But also my loyal partners without whom all this would not be possible, especially Tugdual Rabreau at my side since my debut in kart. I would also like to thank all the members of the Rebellion Racing Team and Oreca for this 2018-2019 FIA-WEC season with whom I had the opportunity to step onto the Le Mans 24 Hours podium once again and win the Silverstone race. I am very happy to be able to share Le Mans with them once again. I am very proud to have been part of the Rebellion family with whom I have shared both professionally and personally. I wish them all the best for the future. »