Toyota: Le Mans incident now "closed" after Capillaire apology

Toyota says it has received an apology from LMP2 driver Vincent Capillaire for the incident that indirectly caused the leading #7 car to retire from the Le Mans 24 Hours.

The #7 TS050 HYBRID driven by Kamui Kobayashi, Mike Conway and Stephane Sarrazin held a comfortably lead in the 10th hour of the race before stopping out on track with a clutch problem.

Conway had pitted the car during a safety car period before handing over to Kobayashi, who was forced to wait at the end of the pitlane waiting for the safety car and train of following cars to go by.

Kobayashi mistook Capillaire for a marshal waving him through the pits and started to pull away, but was quickly instructed by Toyota to stop once more.

That process overheated the car’s clutch, with Kobayashi coming to a stop on the first racing lap after the safety car period had ended and failing to recover the car to the pits.

In a statement issued on Thursday, Toyota said it had accepted an apology from Capillaire for his actions.

It read: "Toyota Gazoo Racing can confirm it has received an apology from Vincent Capillaire regarding his actions during the Le Mans 24 Hours.

"We have fully accepted his apology and acknowledge that his sporting gesture was never intended to cause any negative consequences for our #7 car.

"We remain on good terms with Vincent and we consider the matter is now closed."

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Series Le Mans
Event 24 Hours of Le Mans
Track Circuit de la Sarthe
Drivers Vincent Capillaire
Teams Toyota Racing
Article type Breaking news