Close battles in the 2019 TOYOTA GAZOO Racing Trophy in the closing stages

  • Top three TOYOTA GT86 drivers separated by only six points
  • Nürburgring expert Olivier Muytjens leads ahead of compatriot Jacques Derenne
  • Defending champion Hermann Gassner Jr still within striking distance

The heat is on as the 2019 TOYOTA GAZOO Racing Trophy enters its final month. Four weekends from the finish line, five drivers have already submitted the maximum number of 10 results counting for the Trophy standings. Among them are Nürburgring specialists and VLN regulars Olivier Muytjens and Jacques Derenne from Belgium. Both competed in the final VLN race of the season, the 44th DMV Münsterlandpokal, last weekend in a Toyota GT86 CS-Cup. A strong result increased their points total and Muytjens currently leads the standings with 317 points, followed by Derenne in second place four points behind.

Hot on their heels is reigning TOYOTA GAZOO Racing Trophy champion Hermann Gassner Jr. The rally ace from Bavaria is close behind the two Belgians with 311 points to his credit. However, the TOYOTA GT86 CS-R3 driver still has a good chance of earning the top spot. In contrast to his two fiercest rivals, he has only submitted nine out of 10 possible results. This means that he will be able to add further points until the end of the Trophy assessment period on 25 November 2019.

A total of 25 Toyota GT86 rally and racing drivers are fighting until the end of November to further improve their positions in the TOYOTA GAZOO Racing Trophy standings. Since the total prize money of EUR 80,000 will be divided among the top five, not only the podium positions will be hotly contested so the season will remain exciting until the end.

A special experience awaits the top three drivers at the TOYOTA GAZOO Racing Trophy prize giving when they will have an exclusive opportunity to test the new Toyota GR Supra GT4 which will be homologated and available for sale in 2020. The all-new race car, which will be sold and raced throughout the world from next year, is being developed by TOYOTA Motorsport GmbH and signals an expansion of TOYOTA GAZOO Racing’s customer motorsports activities.

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 25 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 rewarded the best-placed TMG GT86 driver on every round of the VLN, RCN and German Rally Championship (DRM) with €1,000 each plus €5,000 for the Nürburgring 24 Hours and ADAC Rallye Deutschland.

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