Toyota Gazoo Racing’s Prologue-topping times were set while its TS050 HYBRIDs were running effectively unrestricted, without respecting the boost or fuel management as per their set EoT (Equivalence of Technology).
The team ran its cars unrestricted until 5 p.m. local time at Paul Ricard yesterday. The reason given to RACER by the team was that it was testing a new cooling system to extreme levels, which is understood to have been very successful.
Since then the cars have been running to the specification expected for the season opener at Spa-Francorchamps, and haven’t posted a time faster than the fastest privateer LMP1s.
The team’s best time from yesterday before 5 p.m. was set by Mike Conway, a 1m32.662s in the high-downforce No. 8 TS050, 1.9 seconds faster than the No. 7’s best time running a low-drag setup and 4.3 faster than all the quickest LMP1 privateer runner, the No. 11 SMP Racing BR1 AER.
Toyota’s technical director Pascal Vasselon confirmed that since 5 p.m. yesterday, the No. 7’s best time was a 1m38.142s, and the No. 8’s a 1m38.777s.
This puts the No. 7 fifth in the times (discounting the pre-5 p.m. running), behind the No. 11 SMP Racing BR1, the No. 1 Rebellion Racing R-13, No. 17 SMP BR1 and No. 4 ByKolles CLM.