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Old 15 Jun 2015, 21:02 (Ref:3550921)   #3036
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Juichi Wakisaka (Japanese Super GT driver) reports the interview to Hisatake Murata (Toyota hybrid project leader).

Q. Race was finished, and your impressions?
A. It's complete defeat.
Q. What's the factor?
A. We didn't understand that this is Sarthe.
We could run quicker than the qualifying time at the last end.
Time is needed more than the usual circuit until road surface is suitable, in Sarthe here. We couldn't read that.
On the other hand AUDI and Porsche could run by their own pace immediately. Its difference.
Q. As for Porsche and AUDI, their pace didn't change from start to finish.
A. I think it's the reason. The method to run fast might be different.
Q. About rivals' potential.
A. Various preparations were done for them as well as we were not understanding road surface. They're superior manyfold.
Q. About future development of hybrid technology
A. This chagrin will be the motivation which develops more better hybrid systems.
However, our general method/policy doesn't change about system development.
We exert ourselves so that we may win against Porsche by our way.
We have to exert ourselves more. When not developing the system that we're appreciated by customer, we can't win against Porsche.
Q. Do you think Porsche made accelerate hybrid system development?
A. Yes. We must win by all means.
Q. About race
A. There was nothing but a crash of Davidson with trouble.
We could race well, but it was inferior to rivals by the speed.
Q. A chance will be 1 year later.
A. It's better than Olympic games.
The WEC title was achieved last year, but we'd like to win in LM 24 at all cost.
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