Toyota driver Mike Conway is relishing the start of the new FIA World Endurance Championship season at Silverstone in nine days’ time, but remains unsure of the pecking order as Audi and Porsche bid to beat the Japanese manufacturer in 2015.
Conway raced for Toyota in three races last year as he opted to focus on his commitments in IndyCar with Ed Carpenter Racing, claiming wins at Long Beach and Toronto.
However, the Briton has opted to devote his full attention to WEC in 2015, joining Alexander Wurz and Stephane Sarrazin in the no. 2 Toyota.
At the pre-season ‘prologue’ in France last month, Porsche set the pace, but Conway believes that the pecking order will not become clear until the three leading teams in LMP1 are racing out on track together at Silverstone.
“Obviously we knew [Porsche] were quick, and it was the first time this year that everybody came together and we could see what everyone’s got,” Conway said at the series’ season launch in London on Thursday.
“It’s still very hard to tell where you sit at the moment, but it gave us a good indication in some areas of where we’re going to be.
“I think everyone’s excited, and looking forward to Silverstone next weekend where I think we’ll really see the situation of where everyone’s going to be.
“But everybody’s done a mega job, we’ve seen everybody find seconds of the winter.”
Porsche’s no. 18 car of Romain Dumas, Neel Jani and Marc Lieb finished fastest at the Prologue, lapping 1.8 seconds clear of the leading Audi in third place.
Toyota could only muster fifth and sixth place in the combined standings from the test, with Conway’s car a full 3.5 seconds down on the fastest lap from the no. 18.
Adding to the competition that Toyota is likely to face this year, Nissan will be entering the series at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in June with its GT-R LM Nismo car.