Toyota has confirmed that it is to delay the debut of its new TS030 HYBRID car after an accident during testing France.
The team was set to join the World Endurance Championship for the next round of the season at Spa but has been forced to withdraw from the event after the only monocoque was damaged in a shunt at Paul Ricard last week.
With the damage too severe to be repaired, the team has run out of time to produce a replacement and then test it to ensure it would run reliably in the race.
As a result, Toyota will now work to prepare a new monocoque as quickly as possible to resume testing before the new LMP1 car debuts in the Le Mans 24 Hours in June.
“We are deeply saddened to announce this decision and our sympathies are with the drivers, team members and fans who have been anticipating the Spa race so eagerly,” Toyota Racing Team president Yoshiaki Kinoshita said. “Since the accident we have looked into all options but unfortunately there is no alternative course of action open to us.”
The announcement means Audi will once again be the only factory LMP1 car in action, as was the case in the season opener at Sebring.