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Toyota is hoping it can call upon its reliability reputation to play itself into contention for the 2015 Le Mans 24 Hours.

Twelve months after it qualified on pole position for the 2014 event, only for its leading car to retire with technical issues 15 hours into the race, Toyota have declared themselves 'underdogs' after slipping back in the development race against Porsche and Audi.

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Having confirmed it will be changing its development strategy to place greater focus on change for 2016, Toyota will, in the meantime, attempt to play itself into contention by showcasing superior longevity

"On the one hand we have struggled in qualifying, on the other hand our reliability is good, possibly better than the competition so we are going to try and gain in the pits what we lose on the track," said technical director Pascal Vasselon.

"If you know you are not the quickest then you need to take the best advantages of the opposition," team director Rob Leupen. "I think that we are able to take a surprise, our tactical crew are definitely in a situation where they can come up with a good strategy and we are experienced enough to take any advantage we can on the track. Our reliability is definitely one of the keys."

Toyota will start seventh and eighth for the 2015 race having qualified two seconds slower than its own pole position winning time last year, though Vasselon says this was due to the manufacturer opting to focus on the race in the knowledge it wouldn't be able to match its rivals over a single lap.

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