Miyata to Join Lexus WEC Team

Miyata Set for Super GT Exit in Favor of Lexus WEC Seat

Japanese driver Ryo Hirakawa is set to leave the Super GT Championship in order to pursue a full campaign in the 2024 World Endurance Championship (WEC). This move comes as part of an anticipated factory-backed effort by Lexus in the new LMGT3 class, which will replace GTE Am.

The specifics regarding who will run the program have not been clarified yet. However, rumors suggest that the Toyota-owned Lexus brand is likely to be involved, entering with the RC F GT3. This particular car recently secured the GTD Pro class title at the IMSA SportsCar Championship.

Ryo Miyata, a talented young competitor, is expected to be selected for this exciting opportunity. With his experience and skill, he is seen as a perfect fit for the Lexus team. The chance to compete on the global stage is a significant step forward in his racing career.

Although leaving Super GT is a big decision, it also presents a new set of challenges and opportunities for Hirakawa. The WEC is renowned for its high levels of competition and endurance racing, showcasing some of the world’s most prestigious events such as the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

This move not only demonstrates Hirakawa’s ambition but also highlights the growing popularity and importance of the LMGT3 class in the motorsport world. With strong manufacturer support, this new category promises thrilling battles on track and increased viewer engagement.

The shift from Super GT to WEC will undoubtedly require adjustments from both the teams and drivers involved. The LMGT3 cars offer different performance characteristics, demanding a fresh approach to racing strategy and setup. As always, the ability to adapt and innovate will be crucial for success.

All eyes will be on Hirakawa and the Lexus team as they aim to make a strong impression in their debut season. Despite the challenges ahead, there is an undeniable sense of excitement surrounding this venture, and fans are eagerly anticipating the start of the 2024 WEC.

– Autosport: April 20, 2023
– Manufacturer Press Release: Toyota Motorsport Ltd.

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