Introducing the TOYOTA GAZOO Racing Trophy
In 2020, the TOYOTA GAZOO Racing Trophy initiated by TOYOTA GAZOO Racing Europe (TGR-E) will enter its third season and, thanks to the inclusion of the new GR Supra GT4, it will welcome a new element to the competition.
The TOYOTA GAZOO Racing Trophy is now the home of four TGR-E customer motorsport cars – the GR Supra GT4, CS-V3 and CS-Cup race cars plus the CS-R3 rally car – all fighting for points and a total prize money of €55,000.
The new GR Supra GT4 is the most powerful of the quartet. Based on the GR Supra, the GT4 race version features a 430hp three-litre six-cylinder engine and was developed by TOYOTA GAZOO Racing Europe in Cologne. Introduced in 2020, the GR Supra GT4 is expected to make an impact in the increasingly popular GT4 category – and also in the TOYOTA GAZOO Racing Trophy. Furthermore, the TOYOTA GAZOO Racing Trophy is once again open to all three GT86 customer motorsport versions produced by TGR-E; the CS-V3 and CS-Cup race cars plus the CS-R3 rally car.
The concept of the Trophy, which offers TGR-E customers the chance to compete in any event or championship within Europe, has proven successful in its first two seasons and will continue as before. There will once again be no specific technical regulations and no entry fee. Points for the Trophy can be earned based on the result, the size of the grid and the level of competition. For 2020, there will be minimal changes only. These include a revised prize money structure and adjustments to the points scoring system. The latter should ensure a level playing field among all Trophy participants – no matter if they take part in endurance or sprint races or in rallies.
The final Trophy standings will be determined by the best 10 registered results from each competitor in 2020 within the assessment period from from 1 March to 30 November. The total prize money of €55,000 will be split among the top five drivers with €25,000 going to the winner, €15,000 to the second-placed driver, €7,500 will be granted for the third-place, €5,000 for the fourth and €2,500 for the fifth. The winners will be celebrated at an end-of-season awards ceremony.
Participants can score points from any championship within Europe for which the car meets local technical regulations. TGR-E expects the GT86 CS-Cup and CS-V3 drivers to take part – amongst others – in the VLN, RCN and 24-hours race at the Nürburgring where they will meet the new GR Supra GT4. The latest addition to the Trophy is also expected to be seen in GT4 sprint championships such as the GT4 European Series or one of the various national GT4 championships.
Rally entrants can compete in any European-based event, with Trophy points determined by the competitor’s finishing position compared with other R3-homologated cars, guaranteeing flexibility for customers within the diverse rally environment. TGR-E expects to see the GT86 CS-R3 competing in various countries across Europe.
In both race and rally, the length of event and number of competitors has a significant effect on the number of Trophy points available. The highest possible score per event is 65. These points are available for victory in a class of five or more cars in an endurance race of minimum eight hours or a rally with 200km or more of special stages. Entirely new in 2020 is a ‘championship bonus’ which rewards all drivers who win their respective championship with an extra 50 points.
More details about the TOYOTA GAZOO Racing Trophy can be found at www.racing.tgr-europe.com.