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Kazuki Nakajima cleared for Le Mans test

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Kazuki Nakajima cleared for Le Mans test
May 30, 2015, 8:24 PM

Kazuki suffered a fractured vertebra in an accident at Spa-Francorchamps on 30 April

#1 Toyota Racing TS040 Hybrid: Anthony Davidson, Sébastien Buemi, Kazuki Nakajima
#19 Porsche Team 919 Hybrid Nico Hulkenberg, Earl Bamber, Nick Tandy and #1 Toyota Racing TS040 Hybrid: Anthony Davidson, Sébastien Buemi, Kazuki Nakajima and #7 Audi Sport Team Joest R18 e-tron quattro: Marcel Fassler, Andre Lotterer, Benoit Tréluyer
#1 Toyota Racing Toyota TS040-Hybrid Hybrid: Anthony Davidson, Sébastien Buemi, Kazuki Nakajima
#1 Toyota Racing TS040 Hybrid: Anthony Davidson, Sébastien Buemi, Kazuki Nakajima
#1 Toyota Racing TS040 Hybrid: Anthony Davidson, Sébastien Buemi, Kazuki Nakajima
#1 Toyota Racing TS040 Hybrid: Anthony Davidson, Sébastien Buemi, Kazuki Nakajima

Toyota Gazoo Racing is delighted to confirm that Kazuki Nakajima has been declared fit to participate in tomorrow’s official test day at Le Mans.

Kazuki suffered a fractured vertebra in an accident at Spa-Francorchamps on 30 April, ruling him out of the second round of the World Endurance Championship.

I want to say a huge thank you to all the medical staff who have helped me return so quickly,

Kazuki Nakajima

Kazuki was initially treated at Clinique Sainte-Elisabeth in Verviers before specialist treatment at the neuro-radiology department of Nice Hospital. Expert care from the team doctor and physiotherapists helped Kazuki complete his rehabilitation in time for tomorrow’s test.

The FIA Medical Delegate Dr Jacques Tropenat confirmed Kazuki’s fitness after an examination this morning and he will now prepare to share the #1 TS040 HYBRID with Anthony Davidson and Sébastien Buemi.

Based on the outcome of the test day, the team will decide whether Kazuki can participate in the Le Mans 24 Hours.

Kazuki Nakajima: “I want to say a huge thank you to all the medical staff who have helped me return so quickly, not just the staff in Verviers and Nice but also the team doctor Bruno Franceschini and our physio Beppe Sebastiani. Everyone has done so much to help me; I am truly grateful. My passion for Le Mans helped to motivate me even directly after the accident, when it looked unlikely I would be driving at Le Mans this year. I am just so happy that my Le Mans dream for 2015 is still alive and I can’t wait to get back in the car tomorrow at the test.”

Toyota Motorsport GmbH

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Series Le Mans
Event 24 Hours of Le Mans test day
Sub-event Saturday
Location Circuit de la Sarthe
Drivers Kazuki Nakajima
Teams Toyota Racing