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Ryo Hirakawa replaces Nakajima in 2022 with Toyota WEC lineup

The 27-year-old, who won the SUPER GT title in 2017 and won second place in Super Formula points in 2020, is, as expected, the # 8 Toyota GR010 Hybrid Nakajima seat alongside Sebastien Buemi and Brendon Hartley. Sit in.

The move was announced on Monday when Toyota announced the 2022 motorsport program in Tokyo.

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Hirakawa’s confirmation as a member of the WEC team follows the announcement that Nakajima will not be part of the WEC driver list in 2022 prior to the November WEC Finale Finale in Bahrain.

Hirakawa’s graduation from WEC will take place this summer after a rating test in Portimao and Barcelona, ​​and after the season will be further out on the GR010 in Bahrain.

“Of course, I’m really happy that Toyota chose me as a member of the team,” Hirakawa told “In the test, I tried to improve by doing everything I could. I think they appreciated it. Looking to the future, they must have felt that I could do a good job. ..

“At the same time, there is a lot of pressure because it’s a world championship. The work I have to do is the same as in Japan, but the surroundings are different.

“Everything is more professional. I need to learn new cars, new trucks, which puts me in the” pressure zone “. “

Hirakawa has been a longtime member of Toyota’s development program and was deployed by a Japanese manufacturer at TDS Racing LMP2 in 2016 for programs including the European Le Mans Series.

In 2017, it was taken over by the chance to drive Toyota’s third TS050 hybrid LMP1 car at Le Mans, which was advantageous to Yuji Kunimoto, but after winning the second place in the Super Formula in 2020, the WEC team I returned to the battle with. Then he entered the ace of the SUPER GT title for the second time. Ryo Hirakawa replaces Nakajima in 2022 with Toyota WEC lineup

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