Bad luck for TOYOTA GAZOO Racing UK; 1st, 2nd and 3rd at the Nürburgring

TOYOTA GAZOO Racing UK Young Driver Scott McKenna had another impressive qualifying in the British GT Championship with the GR Supra GT4 but once again went home empty-handed. In contrast, the GT86 CS-Cup teams had an excellent weekend at the Nürburgring Langstrecken Series double header.

The pace was there but the luck was once again not on TOYOTA GAZOO Racing UK’s side. As in Silverstone, Scott McKenna set the fastest lap of all GT4 drivers during qualifying for the third round of the British GT Championship, lapping the 4.020 km Donington Park circuit in 1min 35.099secs in his GR Supra GT4. With his team-mate John Ferguson setting the ninth fastest time in his attempt, this was enough for third on the grid. The two-hour race started promisingly for the duo with the GR Supra GT4 leading the race at times. But then, after 16 laps, contact with an opponent meant an early end for Ferguson and McKenna, the first driver in TOYOTA GAZOO Racing UK’s newly created Young Driver programme. For the team it was the second retirement of the season, both caused by collisions.

GT86 teams climb on each step of the podium during NLS double header

Two four-hour races in one weekend is a once-a-season event in the Nürburgring Endurance Series (NLS). For TGR-E’s customer team Pit Lane, the double header was well worth the effort. Olivier Muytjens, Jacques Derenne, “Brody” and Bruno Barbaro had a good start to the weekend driving their GT86 CS-Cup to second place in the SP3 category on Saturday. The Pit Lane quartet finished just ahead of Dario and Armando Stanco from Switzerland in a second GT86, at the finish the cars were only separated by 1min 24.56secs. While the Swiss team did not compete in Sunday’s race, Pit Lane went the extra mile and secured their second class victory of the NLS season.