2019 TOYOTA GAZOO Racing Trophy reaches the halfway mark

  • 25 Toyota GT86 drivers from 12 countries fight for €80,000 prize money
  • German R3 rally ace Hermann Gassner Jr still leads the standings
  • Toyota Germany offers additional €5,000 prize money for the best TOYOTA GT86 team at the WRC Rally Deutschland

With half of the motorsport season over, the TOYOTA GAZOO Racing Trophy is still fiercely contested and results keep coming in. Several of the 25 Trophy participants have by now submitted five or more of a maximum of 10 possible results and all three TMG versions of the Toyota GT86 – namely the CS-Cup, CS-V3 and CS-R3 – are lying in the top positions, which reflects the success of the Trophy points system. Reigning champion Hermann Gassner Jr still leads the way with six class wins and 183 points. The rally ace from Bavaria tops the table thanks to recent R3 victories at the Rally Casentino in Italy and the Rally Weiz in Austria.

In general there is a close fight at the top, perhaps even closer than it initially appears. With 144 points, Ortwin Herterich from Sweden lies in third place and, although he seems quite far from the leader, the CS-Cup driver has recorded two results fewer and therefore has more chances to add to his tally. Hungarian driver Adam Lengyel (143 points), also driving a GT86 CS-Cup, is fourth, only one point behind Herterich. The runner-up spot is currently shared by Belgians Olivier Muytjens, “Brody” and Jacques Derenne (160 points). The Team Pit Lane trio scored a strong second place in the SP3 class at the Nürburgring 24 Hours, collecting important points for the standings and securing a €5,000 bonus from Toyota Germany for the best-placed Trophy team in the “Green Hell”.

The Nürburgring was also the scene for a spectacular car swap involving three different GT86 drivers. Reigning champion Gassner Jr changed his rally car for Olivier Muytjens’ GT86 CS-Cup and took it for some laps on the Nordschleife. A few weeks later, Gassner Jr returned the favour when Adrian Brusius, currently sixth in the Trophy in a GT86 CS-V3, took the co-driver’s seat in Hermann’s CS-R3 rally car. Watch out for video features published soon on Facebook (www.facebook.com/ToyotaMotorsport), Twitter (@TMGOfficial) and Instagram (toyotamotorsportgmbh).

The next rally highlight is also in the starting blocks and, like the Nürburgring 24 Hours, Toyota Germany is offering prize money of €5,000 for the best placed GT86 CS-R3 the ADAC Rallye Deutschland, the German round of the World Rally Championship which takes place on 22-25 August 2019. TOYOTA GAZOO Racing Trophy participants will join the same field as reigning World Champions TOYOTA GAZOO Racing WRT and the Yaris WRC cars.

The increased number of participants shows that the TOYOTA GAZOO Racing Trophy is well received within the GT86 motorsport family, and this is also down to the support from partners RAVENOL, PFC and IKmedia. While the motorsport experts from RAVENOL take care of the first fill of all TMG-built GT86 cars, PFC Brakes offers discounts on its products to all Trophy participants.

The TOYOTA GAZOO Racing Trophy allows all drivers of TMG-built GT86 CS-Cup and CS-V3 racers or CS-R3 rally cars to compete in any race or rally across Europe and fight for a total prize money of €80,000. In order to score points participants can submit their results from all events they entered during the assessment period, from 1 March until 30 November. At the end of the season, the 10 best results of each competitor will be combined to reach the final Trophy result. The points available on individual events vary according to the length and number of competitors entered.

At the end of the season, the top five GT86 drivers will be rewarded; €30,000 will go to the winner, €20,000 to the second-placed driver, €15,000 for third place, €10,000 for fourth and €5,000 for fifth. On top, Toyota Germany has offered to reward the best-placed TMG GT86 driver on every round of the VLN, RCN and German Rally Championship (DRM) with €1,000 each plus, of course, €5,000 for the Nürburgring 24 Hours and ADAC Rallye Deutschland.

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