Gallery: Corolla returns to BTCC after 30 years

Over the weekend, the Toyota Corolla made its first outing in a British Touring Car Championship race since 1989.

The Team Toyota GB with Ginsters Corolla, driven by BTCC-superstar-in-the-making Tom Ingram, battled heavy fog, scattered showers and 29 other competitive touring cars to score points in all three of the opening rounds at Brands Hatch.

Read more: Testing the new BTCC Corolla in Spain

Scroll below for a selection of images from the Corolla’s return to race action.

The weekend’s action saw Team Toyota GB with Ginsters finish the day tenth place in the championship standings, with plenty of racing ahead.

Team principal Christian Dick commented: “We learnt a lot and came away with plenty of data to go through, and we will take a further step forward at Donington Park.”

Ingram explained further: “Overall, that was a positive first weekend. With no prior wet testing behind us, we qualified inside the top ten in tricky mixed conditions, scored points in all three races and had the quickest car on the track over the second half of race two. Considering the Corolla is brand new, I think we’re in a fairly good position. Yes, we still have work to do and we know where we need to improve, but we always said the first half of this season – if not longer – would be spent learning, understanding, developing and fine-tuning.

What did you think of the Corolla’s return? Where do you think Team Toyota GB with Ginsters will finish this season? Leave us a comment below.

2 comments

  1. Just had my CC stolen from my toyota auric in a golf club car park. I’ve just been quoted approx £1700 to £2000 by toyota s to replace. Surely if it’s a design fault toyota s should at least replace it at cost price.

    1. Hi David,
      Thanks for getting in touch. We’re extremely sorry to hear that your CAT has been stolen by thieves.
      Criminals are targeting catalytic converters due to the precious metals they contain, and therefore any vehicle containing one is in theory at risk of theft. It is not simply Toyota vehicles that are being targeted.
      Criminals are using high-grade power saws to remove the catalyst, so in reality they are as easy to remove from any vehicle. The design is not so relevant.
      We have developed and are supplying CatLocs for models considered most at risk at zero profit.
      If you would like to raise your situation further, you can contact our customer relations team, who are best placed to advise you, here: https://www.toyota.co.uk/help-centre/email-us
      Once again, we are sorry that your vehicle has been targeted by criminals.
      Thanks.

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