TOYOTA GAZOO Racing would like to express its gratitude to Stéphane Sarrazin, who has chosen to leave the team for a new challenge in the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC).

Stéphane was part of the team’s first hybrid-powered Le Mans entry in 2012 and raced in every season up to now, playing a significant role in Toyota’s 2014 manufacturers’ World Championship victory.

In total, he competed in 37 WEC races for Toyota, winning three times and finishing on the podium on 17 occasions, including second places at Le Mans in 2013 and 2016. He twice finished third in the drivers’ World Championship.

The whole team would like to thank Stéphane for his enthusiasm and dedication during six seasons of high-level competition and wish him well for his new challenge, racing for the SMP Racing team in WEC.

Hisatake Murata, Team President: “Stéphane is one of our original Le Mans drivers from 2012 so we have experienced many emotions together. He brought experience and determination to our project, contributing significantly to the development of our team and technology. For this we sincerely thank him and wish him well for the future. We are looking forward to competing with Stéphane again in WEC this season, which we expect to be an exciting one for endurance fans.”