Lexus Hires Audi Driver For Nurburgring 24Hr

June 22, 2011 at 8:16 am

This year Gazoo Racing will enter two Lexus LFAs in the Nurburgring 24-hour race and trying to maximize their chance of winning, they’ve hired André Lotterer, a member of the winning squad at this year’s Le Mans race.

Lotterer, a German racer who is a double series champion for Lexus in Japanese Super GT 500 competition, will form part of a powerful driver line-up for the two LFA that will be taking part, led by driver/team manager Akira Iida. Gazoo Racing is also due to bring one of its race cars straight from the Nürburgring to this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed, from 30 June to 3 July. This year’s ‘Ring race will the fourth complete event for the LFA supercar.

Lexus Hires Audi Driver For Nurburgring 24Hr lfa ring

e. Gazoo Racing’s technical team is drawn directly from Lexus’s research and development section, and by participating in the event these engineers and technicians are able to hone skills and that can be fed directly into new Lexus products.

The full Gazoo Racing line-up for the 39th Nürburgring 24 Hours: -

Takayaki Kinoshita (Japan)
Six-times Super Taikyu endurance Series champion

Juichi Wakisaka (Japan)
2006 and 2009 Super GT 500 class winner with André Lotterer in the Lexus SC 430

2002 Japan GTC champion
Jordan Mugen Formula 1 team test driver 1998
1996 Japanese Formula 3 champion

André Lotterer (Germany)
Winner of 2011 Le Mans 24 Hours with Audi
2006 and 2009 Super GT 500 class winner with André Lotterer in the Lexus SC 430
Formula Nippon competition 2003 to 2011 with nine race wins
Rookie of the year in German Formula 3 series 2000
1999 Formula BMW ADAC champion

Akira Iida (Japan)
2000 Japan GTC champion
Overall winner of the 1995 and 2007 Tokachi 24 Hours race
Le Mans 24 Hours competitor 1994, 1996 and 2000

Hiroaki Ishiura (Japan)
2007 Super GT 300 champion
Member of the Toyota Young Drivers Programme

Kazuya Oshima (Japan)
Formula Nippon competitor, 2009 to 2011
2007 Japan Formula 3 champion
2007 Super GT 300 champion
Member of the Toyota Young Drivers Programme