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Super Formula champion could join Toyota Le Mans 24 Hours LMP1 team

Yuji Kunimoto

Reigning Super Formula champion Yuji Kunimoto has entered the frame to drive the third Toyota LMP1 car in the 2017 Le Mans 24 Hours.

The Japanese driver has already tested the TS050 Hybrid in Spain twice this year alongside fellow countryman Ryo Hirakawa, who is widely expected to get one of the two vacant seats in the additional car.

So far, Toyota has only confirmed Stephane Sarrazin - who was demoted from the squad's full-time line-up to make way for Jose Maria Lopez - in its #9 entry, which will also race in the Spa World Endurance Championship round.

Toyota WEC 2016

Autosport understands that Toyota used last week's test to evaluate Kunimoto ahead of a final decision on its line-up.

The 26-year-old beat Porsche WEC signing Andre Lotterer to last year's Super Formula title, and has also won races for Toyota brand Lexus in Super GT.

Kunimoto is set to continue racing in both Japanese series in 2017, although the Autopolis Super GT round clashes with the WEC event at Spa.

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