The Belgian team Pit Lane, fielded by AMC Sankt Vith, entered the new TMG GT86 Cup in 2013 in mid-season and has since been a firm part of it. In this season’s sixth race, on 22 August, the team under Olivier Muytjens will again start with two cars. “We found the car and the series’ concept really compelling,” remembers the 34-year-old driver why they got into this brand cup, which is part of the VLN on the Nürburgring Nordschleife.
The car’s dependability and the series’ cost efficiency aside, the legendary “green hell” is another reason why the Belgians again take part. “I have driven on many race tracks in Europe, the US and also in Australian Bathurst. But for me, Nürburgring is the best. The Nordschleife is unique and can be handled well with the CS-V3,” says Muytjens, who drives one of their two TMG GT86 CS-V3 himself, alternately with the Italian Bruno Barbaro. The second car is driven by Jacques Derenne and “Brody“, also a Belgian.
While the team has not yet won a race in the TMG GT86 cup, it is nevertheless one of the fastest, attested by three practice best times. But Muytjens still doesn’t expect his team to rank first in the upcoming 4 hours race. “Dörr Motorsport with Hoffmeister/Wrabetz in the cockpit are simply too strong this year. We remain realistic and would be quite happy if we could end up among the top 3.“
How realistic Muytens estimation is can be seen when looking at the VLN overall standings. After their cup win in the fifth race, Hoffmeister/Wrabaetz are now second and only 0.65 seconds behind the leading ex-champions Dirk and Tim Groneck.
Interested teams and drivers will find detailed information on the TMG GT86 Cup, including the latestrules and regulations, at www.gt86-cup.com. Royalty-free high-resolution images of the TMG GT86 CS-V3 and the TMG GT86 Cup can be found at: www.toyota-motorsport-photos.com