From Toyota Racing
TOYOTA GAZOO Racing endured a difficult start to the 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps weekend due to a heavy accident for the No. 1 car in terrible conditions.
Opening practice for the second round of the FIA World Endurance Championship took place in continuous rain which contributed to an accident for Kazuki Nakajima, who hit the back of a slow-moving Audi No. 8 on the fast Kemmel Straight.
The impact damaged the monocoque, but more significantly caused injury to Nakajima.
After complaining of back pain immediately after the incident, he was assessed at the circuit medical centre then transferred to hospital in Verviers for precautionary checks. Unfortunately those checks have revealed a fractured vertebra.
Nakajima will remain in hospital for treatment, supported by team personnel, and will not participate this weekend. Further medical analysis in the coming days will determine if there are consequences beyond this weekend’s event.
The No. 1 car will therefore be driven by World Champions Anthony Davidson and Sebastien Buemi this weekend, but the pair was unable to participate in second practice, due to the time required to change the monocoque.
That left Alex Wurz, Stephane Sarrazin and Mike Conway in the No. 2 as the only TS040 HYBRID on track. They continued a programme of set-up evaluation, with conditions continuing to be a challenge.