Toyota unveils new livery for 2016 WEC season

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Toyota has overhauled its traditional blue and white livery for the 2016 FIA World Endurance Championship season in favor of a striking new design.

The Japanese manufacturer endured a difficult campaign in 2015 that yielded not a single victory and just two podium finishes as rivals Porsche and Audi got the jump in the development race.

As a result, Toyota has had to squeeze two years of development into one ahead of the 2016 season when it will once again field a pair of cars for the entire WEC season.

Although the new car won’t be unveiled until next month, Toyota has revealed the livery it will be running in for 2016 after putting the design on last year’s car.

Gone is the blue and in comes the red for a striking new look, albeit one not too dissimilar to that of Audi’s LMP1 car.

The redesign comes as part of an ongoing adoption of the Toyota Gazoo Racing name, under which banner the team will race in the WEC this year.

“The name first appeared as a logo on the TS040 Hybrid at last year’s Six Hours of Spa-Francorchamps and was carried for the remainder of the 2015 season,” a statement from the team read. “Now it is the team’s official name, meaning it will appear on all official WEC communication, including entry lists and television graphics.

“Toyota Gazoo Racing reflects a Toyota Motor Corporation philosophy to emphasise motorsport as a tool to make ever-better road cars.

“This philosophy is already embraced by the WEC programme, with hybrid technology and knowledge transfer from the race track benefiting road car development and engineers since the beginning of the project in 2012.

“The Toyota Gazoo Racing name is also used for Toyota new World Rally Championship project, as well as in various grassroots motorsport activities in Japan and the Nürburgring 24 Hours.”

Supercross: Enzo Lopes will race with ClubMX in 2024

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Coming off his best Supercross season to date, Enzo Lopes has re-signed with Muc-Off / ClubMX Yamaha and will race for the team in 2024. The deal is for Supercross only.

Enzo Lopes won his heat race in Denver and finished fourth in the Main. – Feld Motor Sports

Lopes debuted in the Supercross series in 2019 on a Suzuki and scored his first top-10 finishes in his last two starts of that season. Showing consistent improvement, he earned six top-10s in eight Main events the following year and finished fifth in the 250 East standings. In 2022, he scored his first top-five at Daytona and finished in the top five in points again.

“I am happy to be returning to ClubMX for another season,” Lopes said in a press release. “It is like family to me there and that is very important. Although I had many options, staying where I am makes the most sense for many reasons. The bikes are great, the people are great, the tracks are amazing, and I am surrounded by people that care about me. We all want to win and together we will get there.”

While he improved his season-best performance by only one position this year, it was nevertheless a breakout season. Lopes barely missed the podium three times in 2023 with fourth-place finishes at San Diego, Seattle, and Denver.

His strong performance him rumored to be speaking with factory teams.

“We could see the growth from Enzo every time he gets on the bike,” said team owner Brandon Haas. “We all knew it was just a matter of time before he would be noticed by everyone, and we are proud of him on many levels. He had some heat race wins and qualified fastest at three events this season. It would be hard not to be noticed going that fast. He had a big decision to make and we are glad he chose to stay with us at ClubMX.”

Lopes had three podium finishes in heat races this year, including a win preceding his fourth-place finish in Denver.

Lopes will join Jeremy Martin, Phil Nicoletti and Garrett Marchbanks, who announced a two-year extension with the team in January, at the ClubMX team.