- 24 Toyota GT86 drivers from 12 different countries have registered for the 2019 TOYOTA GAZOO Racing Trophy up to now
- 2018 Trophy winner Hermann Gassner Jr. already secured four class wins
- Toyota Deutschland offers additional €5,000 prize money for the best TOYOTA GT86 team at the Nürburgring 24h race
Almost three months into the competition, the TOYOTA GAZOO Racing Trophy has already seen some intense racing this year. Since the season started at the beginning of March, much has happened on the race tracks and rally stages across Europe and new entrants are continuing to sign up. One of them is Maciej Dreszer from Poland who has already scored his Trophy points of the season in his GT86 CS-V3. Other newcomers are Austrians Moritz and Werner Gusenbauer who take part in the VLN in a GT86 CS-Cup. This means that the TOYOTA GAZOO Racing Trophy has become even more international with 24 drivers from a dozen nations now fighting for points.
Despite the increased competition, reigning TOYOTA GAZOO Racing Trophy winner Hermann Gassner Jr. again heads the championship. The German rally ace briefly slipped off top spot but was able to establish himself with two class victories. Gassner Jr. came out on top at the Lavanttal Rally in Austria and the Opatija Rally in Croatia in his GT86 CS-R3 and currently has 111 points to his credit.
Second place is currently occupied by Adam Lengyel with 92 points. The Hungarian competes in the FIA CEZ championship and Carbonia Cup in the GT86 CS-Cup and most recently scored class wins in both Carbonia Cup rounds at the Slovakiaring. The man who briefly pushed Gassner Jr. from the summit is Ortwin Herterich. The Swede clinched an impressive victory in his GT86 CS-Cup at the second round of the Swedish Touring Endurance Championship (STEC) at Sviestad which catapulted him into the lead. At the moment he is lying third with 67 points.
Maciej Dreszer is current fifth overall in his GT86 CS-V3. The young Pole was able to clinch a victory and a second place in the opening rounds of the Polish Racing Championship (WSMP). After these successes, the ambitious driver commented on the TOYOTA GAZOO Racing Trophy and his GT86 CS-V3: “I like the idea of the Trophy. I can fight for victories in the Polish Racing Championship and at the same time compete for points in the TOYOTA GAZOO Racing Trophy. Apart from that, the organisation is excellent and the prize money is, of course, also very attractive. It is great fun to push my Toyota GT86 to the limit. You can push it relentlessly; the car will never let you down.”
In addition to the regular prize money, a new offer from Toyota Deutschland makes participation even more appealing. Toyota Deutschland is offering an additional €5,000 for the best-placed GT86 at the Nürburgring 24h which is registered for the TOYOTA GAZOO Racing Trophy. The legendary endurance race in the “Green Hell” will take place from 20 to 23 June 2019.
The increased number of participants and busy first months show 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 added to reach the final result of the Trophy. 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 of this, Toyota Deutschland GmbH 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, the €5,000 for the Nürburgring 24h race.
Copyright-free, high-resolution images of the TMG’s motorsport activities are from now on available from TOYOTA GAZOO Racing’s global media website www.tgr-dam.com. After your registration, you will have access to photos relating to the various TOYOTA GAZOO Racing products and projects including all TMG-related assets.