TOYOTA GAZOO Racing customer teams were spraying champagne at the British GT Championship race at Silverstone and the fourth round of the Nürburgring Langstrecken Serie (NLS) last weekend.
The second round of the British GT Championship at Silverstone saw a strong performance from TOYOTA GAZOO Racing UK’s GR Supra GT4, with Scott McKenna showing his great potential. The first member of TOYOTA GAZOO Racing UK’s newly-created Young Driver programme demonstrated his skills by setting the fastest lap of all GT4 drivers during qualifying for the Silverstone 500. Combined with an excellent lap time from his team-mate John Ferguson in the other qualifying session, this was enough for second place on the grid and the foundation for a successful three-hour race. After a thrilling final stint the Supra crew finished third in the GT4 class, with only 13 seconds separating the GR Supra GT4 from the winning car. McKenna and Ferguson thus claimed the first podium of the season for TOYOTA GAZOO Racing UK.
GT86 a class act in NLS
At the Nürburgring, GT86 CS-Cup teams finished first and second in the SP3 class at the Nürburgring Langstrecken Series’ (NLS) fourth round with Team Pit Lane beating the Crazy Monkeys outfit. The Pit Lane car was driven by Olivier Muytjens, Bruno Barbaro, Jacques Derenne and “Brody” while Sebastian Geisel and Anton Bauer lined up for the new Crazy Monkeys outfit from Bavaria, who secured their second NLS podium in a row in the four-hour contest.
Bad luck for Riley Motorsports at Watkins Glen
Riley Motorsports’ trip to Watkins Glen in New York State did not end well, with both GR Supra GT4 retiring from the fourth round of the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge due to accidents. The #14 TOYOTA GAZOO Racing Latin America car driven by Alfredo Najri, Javier Quiros and Felipe Fraga had to withdraw in lap 45 after a contact with another competitor. The number 21 car of Anton Dias Perera, Scott Andrews and Colin Brown made contact with the crash barrier on lap 83. Fortunately the team has the opportunity to take revenge already next Friday when a two-hour race is scheduled on the same track.
Top ten finish in Slovenian rally
Grega Preml and his co-driver Gregor Breser finished the Rally Vipavska Dolina in Slovenia second in their class and tenth overall. Driving their rear-wheel-powered Toyota GT86 CS-R3 in the R3 category they were able to prevail against numerous competitors with more powerful 4WD cars in a field comprising 79 cars. The event consisted of 91.34 kilometres of special stages on paved mountain roads.