Kobayashi earns Toyota WEC reserve role
Ex-Formula One driver Kamui Kobayashi has signed for the Toyota World Endurance Championship team as official test and reserve driver.
After the closure of the Caterham Formula One team, Kobayashi secured a drive in the Japanese Super Formula Series for 2015, competing with Toyota-powered Kygnus Sunoco Team LeMans.
Alongside competing in Japan, the 28-year-old has joined Toyota’s WEC team as test and reserve driver as the team annouced their full driver line-up earlier today.
Kobayashi has a strong association with the Toyota team. He was the test and reserve driver for their F1 outfit in 2007 & 2008 before making his full debut at the end of the 2009 season.
“It’s great to be back with Toyota and I am grateful to the team for giving me this chance,” Kobayashi said.
“I know many of the team members from my time with Toyota in Formula 1 so this feels like I am coming home.
“I’m looking forward to building a strong working relationship with everyone and contributing to the development of the car.”
The news also serves to quell rumours that he was seeking a drive with the Manor F1 team, after his manager was apparently spotted in the Australian Grand Prix paddock.
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