Outgoing President Yoshiaki Kinoshita will be replaced by Toshio Sato from 1st April.Kinoshita will return to Japan and take up an executive position within the company.
After securing the long-term future of the WEC project, winning the world championship and sealing a World Rally Championship return, his mission at TMG is complete and he will depart after the Six Hours of Silverstone next month.
“Personally, I am sad to be leaving TMG and our motorsport projects, but I will watch the races very closely and support the team whenever I can,” said Kinoshita.
“I would like to thank the whole WEC community for the support and encouragement they have given since we joined in 2012; we are proud to be part of the endurance family.
“It is great to see the #1 on our car this year; our target is to retain it and win the Le Mans 24 Hours. This year the challenge will be greater than ever with four LMP1 manufacturers all presenting different technical solutions.
“We have worked very hard to improve our TS040 HYBRID and so far the testing results are encouraging. But there is a long way to go and we are eager to see the performance of our rivals at the Prologue, but more importantly at Silverstone for the first race.”
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