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Toyota At The Goodwood Festival Of Speed 2003

Eine Mitteilung von Toyota Motor Europe TME, Brüssel

Toyota F1 drivers, Olivier Panis and Cristiano da Matta, to drive at Festival of Speed • Current TF103 Grand Prix car to run • Return of Toyota 7, this year in awesome 5.0-litre turbo form • Rally legend Björn Waldegaard to drive Safari winning Group B Toyota Celica Turbo • Le Mans winner Sekiya to drive 1992 V10 Toyota TS010 sports car • Rod Millen to return with crowd favourite, the Pikes Peak Celica

Toyota returns to the Goodwood Festival of Speed following a high impact debut in 2002. Allan McNish was unofficially quickest in the TF102 F1 car, while Rod Millen took the official honours in the Pikes Peak Celica. Both cars and drivers were crowd pleasers and highlights of a weekend of motor sport magic.

For 2003 Toyota will once again from July 11-13 be showcasing some of the great cars from its diverse motor sport history near Southampton/UK.

The Panasonic Toyota Racing F1 team make a return with the current Grand Prix car, the TF103. It will be driven by Toyota F1 team driver, Frenchman Olivier Panis, winner of the 1996 Monaco Grand Prix.

Joining Olivier will be his F1 team mate, Cristiano da Matta, the reigning US CART champion. Brazilian da Matta set new records en route to the 2002 CART title with seven wins, including four consecutively, in his Toyota -powered car. He will drive the awesome 5.0-litre turbocharged Toyota 7 Can Am-style sports car from 1970.

Representing Toyota's glorious 25 years in the World Rally Championship will be Björn Waldegaard driving the Toyota Celica Turbo Group B car he drove to victory in the 1984 Safari Rally. Waldegaard, who in 1979 became rallying's first ever World Champion, brushed the opposition aside to take a commanding victory. To prove it was no fluke, Toyota won the next two Safaris. Indeed, the Celica Turbo was never beaten in Africa, its domination ended only by the rule change that dropped Group B for Group A in 1986.

Toyota was a Le Mans regular from the mid-1970s until 1999 when the team narrowly missed victory several times. In the early 1990s the team raced high tech sport cars with F1-style 3.5litre, V10 engines. One such car, the TS010 that finished second at Le Mans, will make its debut at Goodwood this year driven by Japanese driver, Masanori Sekiya.

Sekiya drove for Toyota at Le Mans many times, including 1987, the year he was married in Le Mans town hall. His devotion to the classic race was rewarded with victory in 1995 driving a McLaren F1.

Also driving the Toyota 7 will be Dr Akihiko Saito, Executive Vice President of Toyota Motor Corporation. Dr Saito is responsible for design, vehicle development and quality control.

All entries, bar the F1 car, which is built and run by Toyota Motorsport in Cologne, have been prepared by and shipped from the Toyota museum in Japan.