As the curtain came down on the FIA World Endurance Championship at the end of November in Bahrain for TOYOTA Racing, VLN participants have also been putting their feet up to enjoy a well-deserved post-season break. Click through the break as we take a look back at the inaugural TMG GT86 Cup and the birth of our own TMG United team.
It’s been a hectic year for Toyota Motorsport GmbH (TMG) – alongside the FIA WEC programme, we introduced the TMG GT86 Cup for its first year within the VLN series at the Nürburgring Nordschleife.
The inaugural TMG GT86 Cup season was officially brought to a close with the prize giving ceremony at the end of November. Alexander Kudrass and Jutta Beisiegel picked up their hard-won trophies, alongside team boss Christian Leutheuser.
The Cup proved to be a very popular addition to the VLN programme, check out the video below to learn why:
Not content with providing the GT86 CS-V3 race cars and on-track support, we fancied joining the racing action ourselves – but not in an ordinary way.
Entering a TMG team in the TMG GT86 Cup didn’t sound particularly sporting or fair to the private competitors slugging it out every other week so we found an innovative solution.
To give TMG employees an outlet for their motorsport passion, broaden their experience and foster a strong team spirit, TMG United was born.
Relying purely on TMG volunteers who dedicate their time after work and at weekends, the team took a GT86 CS-V3 and entered the V3 class of the VLN.
Their enthusiasm, organisation and skill quickly established TMG United as a team to be taken seriously – and class wins were soon their reward. Take a look at the video below to find out more:
Here’s the TMG GT86 Cup trophy:
Announced recently, the TMG GT86 Cup will continue through at least 2015 and in the coming year, participants will be battling for the appropriately numbered 86,000 EUR prize. Let’s take a look at the coming year!