Having anticipated a struggle ahead of the 2015 Le Mans 24 Hours, Toyota's worst fears would prove correct as it finished several laps down on the leaders despite otherwise enjoying a relatively trouble-free race.

Having already signalled its intentions to turn focus to a 2016 rethink, Toyota's pace in the 2015 round-the-clock race showed precisely why plans are being brought forward urgently as it routinely lapped more than three seconds off the pace from the start.

Indeed, such was the gulf in performance, the #2 Toyota - which led for 15 hours last year -, ended up eight laps down on the leaders in sixth positions despite not once running into trouble.

It is a situation that leaves Alex Wurz frustrated, saying it is clear that the onus must now be on the 2016 car if it is to stand a chance going forward.

"We had a race without problems; we only stopped for fuel and tyres but we were several laps down so we have clear homework to do. The direction in which we have to improve is also clear and we have a whole year to do that.

"Overall I am disappointed but looking specifically at our race on #2, it was okay; we controlled everything once we saw the position we were in and it worked well."