Columnists, Andrew Frankel
DEC 22nd 2017
Andrew Frankel

Andrew Frankel

Thank Frankel it's Friday: What's the point of Toyota going back to Le Mans?

For some time now it has been one of industry’s worst kept secrets that Toyota would return to World Endurance Series in 2018, to take part in the so-called ‘super season’ that has had to be contrived over two summers, an autumn and a winter to make sure that the Le Mans 24 Hours is from now on the last race of the championship. The hope is that people will go to France with the title race to be decided there, thereby achieving the main goal of the Automobile Club de L’Ouest, namely putting bums on seats. But that, of course, will be Le Mans 2019. In the mean time we have Le Mans 2018 with which to contend.

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Andrew Frankel

Andrew Frankel has been racing cars for over 20 years and testing them for nearer to 30. He is senior contributing writer to both Autocar and MotorSport magazines, sits on the Car of the Year jury and was chief car tester for the Sunday Times for 15 years. He cites driving and writing as the only disciplines for which he has any talent and therefore considers himself vocationally employed. When he is not working he lives quietly in the Wye Valley with his family, a small and unimportant accumulation of cheap old cars and some sheep.

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