Toyota will have Ryo Hirakawa test his Hypercar GR010 Hybrid next month in Barcelona.
The 27-year-old Japanese had already had the opportunity to test in Portimao the prototype that has just won the 24h of Le Mans and which is dominating in the FIA WEC at its debut.
The next Rookie Test of the Endurance World Championship is scheduled for November in Bahrain, which Hirakawa will not be able to attend, having the concomitant commitment in the Super GT with the TGR Team KeePer Tom’s and that of the Super Formula with the Impul Team.
The decision to organize the test on 22-24 September in Spain is also dictated by the fact that, being the young Japanese part of the Toyota Young Drivers Program, he is seriously considering his possible inclusion in next year’s WEC team line-up.
In this respect, the registered cars would remain two and Kazuki Nakajima had already been in the odor of replacement with Kenta Yamashita last year, then things faded due to the resignation of the latter. Currently another driver nearing the end of his contract is José María López, who has just taken home the success of Le Mans.
“It’s still early, but if Toyota wants to continue our relationship, I’m here – he said last week” Pechito “to Motorsport.com – In fact it would also be logical, my availability is there”.
“But we have to talk about it with the team because there are a lot of other non-contractual things that take time to discuss. I hope to get to the point as soon as possible.”
There will be 6 WEC events also in 2022, so Toyota will have to analyze the calendars well to organize not only its endurance season, but also that of its young boys in Japan, also calculating that the movements from one country to another are still an unknown factor due to the well-known pandemic.