The TOYOTA GAZOO Racing Trophy
The TOYOTA GAZOO Racing Trophy will enter its fourth season in a fresh new look. In 2021, the one-make championship offers teams using TOYOTA GAZOO Racing Europe’s racing and rally cars the chance to compete for prize money in selected races and championships across Europe. Following an extensive update, the TGR Trophy will now reward exceptional results even faster.
Instead of an annual classification, the focus shifts to individual wins and podium finishes giving teams the opportunity to win prize money in more than 130 races or classes and rewarding teams instead of drivers.
If a GR Supra GT4 team, for example, wins its class in one of the selected GT4 championship rounds, it will receive EUR 4,000 of prize money while a podium is rewarded with EUR 2,000. An overall victory even brings EUR 5,000 and the SP10 class victory at the Nürburgring 24 Hours is rewarded with EUR 10,000.
In case a GT86 team finishes first in the Nürburgring 24 Hours’ SP3 class, the team will receive EUR 5,000. Further class wins with the GT86 are rewarded with EUR 2,000 while second or third places will yield EUR 1,000. In all events, only the best-placed TGR Trophy participant will be considered and the prize money will be paid during the season.
At the end of the season, the teams which have won most prize money, will be invited to the annual awards ceremony where they will receive their trophies.
While the prize money structure has been updated, other key pillars of the TOYOTA GAZOO Racing Trophy remain unchanged. In 2021, the entry will once again be free of charge and the Trophy will be open to all four TGR-E customer racing cars. The GR Supra GT4 will now become a full member of the Trophy joining the three GT86 competition versions, the GT86 CS-Cup and CS-V3 race cars plus the GT86 CS-R3 rally car.
The 430 hp GR Supra GT4, based on the GR Supra and powered by a turbocharged six-cylinder engine, has already established itself in a wide variety of championships in its debut season. In 2020 it took part in 85 races, achieving 12 class wins and 26 podium finishes as well as titles in the French GT4 Championship and the Japanese Super Taikyu Series.
In the 2021 TOYOTA GAZOO Racing Tropjy, teams can score prize money in a total of 15 championships or classes across Europe including the key GT4 championships such as the GT4 European Series, the ADAC GT4 Germany, the British GT Championship, the DTM Trophy and the French GT4 Championship. In the Nürburgring Langstrecken Serie (NLS, formerly known as VLN) and the Nürburgring 24 Hours, GR Supra GT4 and GT86 teams will compete side by side and will both be able to win prize money in the SP10 and SP3 classes respectively. While the Swedish Touring Endurance Championship is another opportunity for GT86 race car teams to win, GT86 CS-R3 rally drivers can top up their budget in the German Rally Championship (DRM).