After our second-place finish at Le Mans last month, many at TOYOTA Motorsport GmbH (TMG) took a well-deserved holiday – but not our TMG GT86 Cup colleagues. Read more after the break.
With the VLN season resuming this weekend, TMG was happy to bring good news to the Nürburgring: the TMG GT86 Cup will continue until at least 2015.
The entry list in 2012 met our expectations and established it as a cost-effect, competitive series, but we are aiming for more cars, and therefore more excitement, in the next two years.
Starting a new motorsport event with a relatively new race car is a major task and, so far, the TMG GT86 Cup has been a success, which gave TMG the confidence to encourage further growth by committing for another two years.
The GT86 CS-V3 race car – the only car permitted in the TMG GT86 Cup – has proved itself to be extremely reliable and very quick over the first four rounds so far this season.
With no mechanical problems and the first sub-10-minute laps, not to mention a V3 class win in the Nürburgring 24 Hours, the GT86 CS-V3 has turned many heads in the Eifel.
But motorsport never stands still and the customer motorsport team at TMG is already finalising the 2014 specification for the GT86 CS-V3, with orders already being taken.
For TMG, the GT86 experience has been more than a commercial venture; as well as a healthy field of customers competing with our cars, we also enter an employee team – TMG United – to selected VLN races.
This team is made up entirely of volunteers from TMG’s staff and includes colleagues who do not normally have the chance to work at the track, from diverse departments such as Fabrication, Freight and Car Design.
The team has experienced highs and lows so far this season, receiving positive feedback from more experienced rivals after their first race but returning to Cologne with a very damaged GT86 CS-V3 following VLN 4.
That accident (not the fault of the TMG driver!) meant a lot of work for the TMG United crew, who stayed late into the night at the factory to repair the car – after already putting in a full day’s work in their day jobs.
All being well the car will be on the grid for VLN 5 on Saturday, along with plenty of other GT86 CS-V3 competitors. All can start the race knowing they are part of an exciting period in TMG’s customer motorsport history – 2013 was only the beginning.
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