TOYOTA GAZOO Racing’s FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) and Le Mans driver José María López will make a guest appearance at the wheel of the GR Supra GT4 on 22/23 August when he participates in the DTM Trophy races at the Lausitzring.
José, currently leading the WEC drivers’ standings alongside team-mates Mike Conway and Kamui Kobayashi following their victory in the 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps last weekend, will take part in the new DTM Trophy for GT4 cars, driving a GR Supra GT4 prepared by Ring Racing.
The Nürburgring-based team has entered two GR Supra GT4s in the DTM Trophy, alongside its regular Nürburgring Endurance Series (formerly VLN) campaign and will make its debut at Lausitzring, which features 30-minute races on Saturday and Sunday.
José, 37, has not competed in GT4 so far but has great experience of racing similar cars, having won the World Touring Car Championship four times prior to making the switch to prototype racing with TOYOTA GAZOO Racing in 2017. He is familiar with the GR Supra GT4 having tested the car during its development process at the Nürburgring and Spa-Francorchamps.
The GR Supra GT4 has already made an impact in its first season of competition, earning podium finishes in the European GT4 Series and British GT Championship with the French CMR team and the British Speedworks Motorsport squad respectively. Ring Racing have also shown the potential of the new car with top-five performances at the challenging Nürburgring.
José María López: “I am very excited to take part in the DTM Trophy at the Lausitzring and race the GR Supra GT4. It is a new track and a new discipline for me but I will try to be quick and hope that my background in driving touring cars and GTs helps. When the opportunity came up, I immediately said yes. I have been involved in the development of the GR Supra GT4 and tested it at Spa-Francorchamps and the Nordschleife, so I know it is a very nice and stable car which had a good speed from the beginning. So we hope for a good result.”
Uwe Kleen, Team Manager, Ring Racing: “We are all really looking forward to working with José at Lausitzring. He has won multiple World Touring Car Championships, got so close to Le Mans victory last year and is in a strong position to win the WEC title this season so it’s clear he is a very fast and talented driver. The GR Supra GT4 is a new race car but already has shown strong performance so we are excited to seeing what José can do with it at Lausitzring.”