Fancy yourself as a racing driver? Then this could be the opportunity you have been waiting for.
Toyota Motorsport GmbH (TMG) launches its first one-make racing series this weekend, as the curtain rises on the entry-level TMG GT86 Cup.
The CS-V3 Cup car can be purchased directly from TMG, priced from €45,815 including German taxes. Entry to the competition costs just €2,500 per season, which includes 10 races at tracks in Germany.
Cars, and race entries can be financed through Toyota Financial Services. What’s more, you can also race the cars in other events too.
Six cars from three teams will enter the first race in the cup series, which will be held at the Nürburgring. Drivers will compete for race-by-race prizes as well as annual prize money totalling €50,000 (1st: €20,000; 2nd: €14,000; 3rd: €10,000; 4th: €6,000).
Entry remains open and, with participants selecting their best eight results for the final standings, late entries can still fight for the title so further participants are expected in the coming weeks.
As well as offering a discounted tyres to Cup participants, official partner Pirelli will reward the winners of each event with a free set of high-performance racing slicks. Cup participants receive additional benefits, including a behind-the-scenes tour of the TMG workshops, while the owner of the winning car in the annual standings will be given the chance to use the TMG driving simulator on a track of their choice.
The upcoming Nürburgring 24 Hours is not part of the Cup calendar, but the support infrastructure will still be provided in order to give competitors a chance to fight for V3 class glory in one of Europe’s biggest races.
Nico Ehlert, Senior Engineer Customer Motorsport, said: “This is TMG’s first step into one-make racing and it is significant to confirm an entry list of such quality and diversity. Our points system means a driver can miss the first two races and still have an equal chance to fight for the title… I am looking forward to watching the competition unfold and with such a strong roster of teams, I am sure we will have a close battle.”
See what Anthony Davidson thinks of the racing GT86 in this video.
For the latest news and results from the TMG GT86 Cup, as well as technical information, visit www.gt86-cup.com and The Toyota Motorsport Facebook page.