Audi’s withdrawal from the LMP1 class at the end of the season will have no effect on Toyota’s participation in the FIA World Endurance Championship.
The Japanese manufacturer, which is coming off its first win in nearly two years at Fuji Speedway, has reaffirmed its commitment to 2017, which will see a pair of updated TS050 Hybrids do battle with Porsche’s expected two-car entry in in the championship.
“Toyota Gazoo Racing has noted with regret the announcement today by Audi regarding its future in the FIA World Endurance Championship,” a statement from Toyota read.
“Audi has been a strong and sportsmanlike competitor since Toyota’s return to endurance racing in 2012 and we appreciate their role in establishing the WEC as one of the fastest growing, most innovative championships in motorsport.
“Today’s announcement has no affect on Toyota’s position in WEC. We are preparing for 2017 when we will return with the target of winning the Le Mans 24 Hours and the World Championship.”
It’s unclear, however, if Audi’s pullout could impact Toyota’s decision on fielding a possible third entry for the 24 Hours of Le Mans and potential early season WEC races next year.