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Last weekend’s Le Mans winning driver Andre Lotterer, from Germany won’t be driving one of several Audi R8 GT cars at Nurburgring 24 Hour race this weekend. Instead, he’ll be behind the wheel of one of two highly exotic Lexus LFA cars under the banner of Gazoo Racing.

For those in the know when it comes to GT racing, the move by Lotterer to join Lexus is no surprise. He is a dual series champion with Lexus in the Japanese Super GT 500 competition in 2006 and 2009 driving an SC 430 Coupe.

This will be the fourth time that the Lexus LFA GT car has competed at the Nurburgring, recording a class win in 2010 in the SP8 division and finished outright 18th in what is the world’s toughest endurance race outside of Le Mans itself. The LFA also recorded the fastest lap in class of eight minutes 55 seconds.

The driver line-up for Gazoo Racing for the 2011 Nurburgring 24 Hour is as follows –

Takayaki Kinoshita (Japan)
Six-times Super Taikyu endurance Series champion

Juichi Wakisaka (Japan)
2006 and 2009 Super GT 500 class winner with André Lotterer in the Lexus SC 430
2002 Japan GTC champion
Jordan Mugen Formula 1 team test driver 1998
1996 Japanese Formula 3 champion

André Lotterer (Germany)
Winner of 2011 Le Mans 24 Hours with Audi
2006 and 2009 Super GT 500 class winner with André Lotterer in the Lexus SC 430
Formula Nippon competition 2003 to 2011 with nine race wins
Rookie of the year in German Formula 3 series 2000
1999 Formula BMW ADAC champion

Akira Iida (Japan)
2000 Japan GTC champion
Overall winner of the 1995 and 2007 Tokachi 24 Hours race
Le Mans 24 Hours competitor 1994, 1996 and 2000
Hiroaki Ishiura (Japan)
2007 Super GT 300 champion
Member of the Toyota Young Drivers Programme

Kazuya Oshima (Japan)
Formula Nippon competitor, 2009 to 2011
2007 Japan Formula 3 champion
2007 Super GT 300 champion
Member of the Toyota Young Drivers Programme




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