10
November
2015
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05:00
Europe/Amsterdam

Alex wurz announces retirement

TOYOTA GAZOO Racing would like to thank Alex Wurz for his significant contribution to its World Endurance Championship project.

Alex, 41, announced today that he will retire from racing after this weekend's Six Hours of Bahrain, the final round of the 2015 World Endurance Championship.

Alex was the first driver signed by TOYOTA in 2011 when its entry into WEC was confirmed, and delivered the team its first pole position and victory in Brazil in 2012, just the team's third race.

In his four seasons with TOYOTA, two-time Le Mans winner Alex has played a crucial role in technical development, as well as contributing to development of the whole team to meet the requirements of endurance racing.

He has been a valued and popular team member, whose presence will be sorely missed.

Prior to the season-ending Bahrain round, Alex has taken part in 27 WEC races for TOYOTA, winning five and finishing on the podium a total of 11 times.

TOYOTA GAZOO Racing will announce its 2016 driver line-up early next year.

Toshio Sato, Team President: "Alex has been a fundamental part of our team since the very beginning, in 2011. We have enjoyed some fantastic moments together I know everyone in the team will remember that first victory in Sao Paulo for a long, long time. I would like to sincerely thank him for his contribution to our WEC project his technical input, motivation and ability have been invaluable to us. Whilst it is sad to see such a respected and successful driver step away from racing, we wish Alex all the very best for the future."

Alex Wurz Career Statistics

Born 15 February 1974, Waidhofen an der Thaya, Austria

Lives Monaco

Status Married to Julia, 3 children (Felix, Charlie and Oscar)

Height 1.87m

Weight 79kg

1986 BMX World Championship: 1st

BMX European Championship: 2nd

1989 Austrian Kart Championship: 2nd

1991 European Formula Ford Cup: 2nd

Austrian Formula Ford Championship: 2nd

1992 European Formula Ford Cup: 1st

Austrian Formula Ford Championship: 1st

German Formula Ford Championship: 1st

1993 Austrian Formula 3 Championship: 1st

1994 German Formula 3 Championship: 2nd (3 wins)

1995 German Formula 3 Championship: 6th

1996 Le Mans 24 Hours (Team Joest): 1st

International Touring Car Championship (Opel): 16th

1997 Formula 1 (Benetton): 14th

FIA GT Championship (AMG Mercedes): 10th (1 win)

1998 Formula 1 (Benetton): 8th

1999 Formula 1 (Benetton): 13th

2000 Formula 1 (Benetton): 15th

2001-05 Formula 1 (McLaren): Third driver

2005 Formula 1 (McLaren): 17th (1 race)

2006 Formula 1 (Williams): Third driver

2007 Formula 1 (Williams): 11th

2008 Formula 1 (Honda): Reserve driver

2009 Le Mans 24 Hours (Peugeot): 1st

Formula 1 (Brawn GP): Test driver

2010 Le Mans 24 Hours (Peugeot): DNF

Sebring 12 Hours (Peugeot): 1st

2011 Le Mans 24 Hours (Peugeot): 4th

Le Mans Series / Inter. Le Mans Cup (Peugeot): 2 wins

Petit Le Mans (Peugeot): 1st

2012 Le Mans 24 Hours (TOYOTA Racing): DNF

World Endurance Championship (TOYOTA Racing): 3rd (3 wins)

2013 Le Mans 24 Hours (TOYOTA Racing): 4th

World Endurance Championship (TOYOTA Racing): 4th (1 win)

2014 Le Mans 24 Hours (TOYOTA Racing): DNF

World Endurance Championship (TOYOTA Racing): 5th (1 win)

2015 Le Mans 24 Hours (TOYOTA GAZOO Racing): 8th

World Endurance Championship (TOYOTA Racing): 7th*

*Prior to Six Hours of Bahrain

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About TOYOTA GAZOO Racing in the World Endurance Championship:

TOYOTA first competed in the World Endurance Championship (WEC) in 1983, marking the start of a long period of participation in endurance racing. Since 1985, TOYOTA cars have raced in 17 Le Mans 24 Hours races, achieving a best result of second place on four occasions (1992, 1994, 1999 and 2013). TOYOTA entered the revived WEC in 2012 with its first hybrid LMP1 car, the TS030 HYBRID, which won five of the 14 races it entered over two seasons. It was succeeded in 2014 by the four-wheel-drive TS040 HYBRID, which won its debut race and subsequently the 2014 drivers' and manufacturers' World Championships. They were designed and built by TOYOTA Motorsport GmbH (TMG), where the race team is based. TMG previously represented TOYOTA in World Rally and Formula 1, and was responsible for the design and operation of TOYOTA's TS020 Le Mans car in 1998-99. TMG now combines motorsport participation with work as a high-performance engineering services provider to third party companies, as well as the TOYOTA family.

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