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WEC: Wurz lands Toyota advisor role

Alex Wurz has picked up a new advisor and ambassador role for Toyota Gazoo Racing after retiring from racing this year.
Alex Wurz has picked up a new advisor and ambassador role for Toyota Gazoo Racing in the World Endurance Championship after retiring from racing this year.

The former Formula 1, WEC driver and two-time Le Mans 24 Hours winner hung up his racing overalls after the final round of the WEC championship, the 6 hours of Bahrain, where he took an emotional third place on the podium alongside co-drivers Mike Conway and Stephane Sarrazin.

The Austrian driver will move into a new role as an advisor and ambassador for Toyota and is set to work with the drivers and team development while also promoting the Japanese manufacturer's efforts both on and off track.

Toyota also says Wurz will continue his existing roles with Formula 1's Grand Prix Drivers' Association and track design and driver training duties.

The two-year deal sees Toyota retain the first driver it signed upon its comeback in WEC in 2011 and also helped the team to its first win in 2012 at the 6 hours of Sao Paulo.

“I always intended that the end of my racing career would not be the end of my active involvement in motorsport, so I am pleased to start a new chapter in my life with Toyota,” Wurz said. “We have experienced a lot together since the beginning of this project and it is exciting to be part of the team's future. With a new car coming in 2016 and the WEC going from strength to strength, there is a lot to be excited about as we fight to reclaim our place at the front.”

Toshio Sato, Toyota Team President, has hailed Wurz's influence as 'invaluable' and is confident his presence can have a positive influence on the team, from its engineers to its drivers.

“I am very pleased to confirm that Alex will remain with us in a new role,” Sato said. “His experience and understanding of top-level motorsport has already proved invaluable to us and we expect him to play an important role in the future.

“As well as the input he can offer our drivers and engineers, as a two-time Le Mans winner and highly-respected personality in motorsport, Alex will be a great ambassador for our team. I am happy Alex remains part of the Toyota Gazoo Racing family and I am looking forward to working with him in this new position.”

Tagged as: Toyota , Formula 1 , Alex Wurz , Conway , WEC

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