More than 25 wins and 50 podiums since its competition debut in June 2020, plus the lead in the GT4 Scandinavia and GT4 America championships. GR Supra GT4 customer teams have been successful around the world over the last few weeks while Toyota GT86 crews dominated at the Nordschleife and in Sweden.
In GT4 Scandinavia, TOYOTA GAZOO Racing Sweden is aiming for the title in their first year with the GR Supra GT4 with Hans Holmlund and Emil Skarås leading the drivers’ championship. They started the season with a win and a fifth place at Fällfors and extended their lead at round two, in the Gelleråsen Arena, with a win and a second place. At the former Formula 1 circuit of Anderstorp they collected their third race victory of the season in Sunday’s race. This win was also the 25th victory for the GR Supra GT4 since its competition debut in June 2020. Thanks to these results, Holmlund and Skarås will head to the final weekend at Mantorp Park on 1 and 2 October with a six-point lead.
Championship lead in Pirelli GT4 America
The GR Supra GT4 also impresses on the other side of the Atlantic where Smooge Racing is close to winning the Pirelli GT4 America’s Am class. In Watkins Glen, the Texas-based team once again dominated its class with John Geesbreght and Kevin Conway winning both races. With this brilliant result and class wins number five and six, the driver pairing extended its lead in the Am drivers’ championship and can already secure the title at the penultimate GT4 America round at Sebring from 1 to 3 October.
GR Supra GT4 customer teams also compete in the North American IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge and here TOYOTA GAZOO Racing Latin America shone with five top ten finishes in the eight races held so far.
Pole position and second place for CSI Racing at Suzuka
CSI Racing’s GR Supra GT4 finished the five-hour Super Taikyu Series race at Suzuka in second place in the highly competitive ST-Z class, after setting the pole position one day earlier. Future GPX Cyber Formula Racing with RFC also shone by setting the fastest race lap and finishing fourth in class. Hayashi Telempu Shade Racing drove to sixth on the 5.807 km Grand Prix circuit. Rookie Racing, meanwhile, competed in the ST-Q class and scored its fifth consecutive class win with the GR Supra GT4.
Nürburgring and Assen podiums in the DTM Trophy
In the DTM Trophy, TOYOTA GAZOO Racing Germany scored its second and third podiums of the season at the Nürburgring and Assen respectively. At the team’s home race – Ring Racing is based only a few kilometres south of the Nürburgring – Nico Verdonck finished third overall and then went on to finish second in Assen. Inbetween, the championship made a stop at the Red Bull Ring, the GR Supra GT4’s first appearance in Austria, where Nico also finished in the points. After ten of 14 races Verdonck is lying fourth in the championship.
Stéphane Kox, who is driving the second GR Supra GT4 in the DTM Trophy, is steadily improving in the highly competitive field featuring cars from seven different manufacturers. At the Red Bull Ring, the 27-year-old narrowly missed out on her next championship points after finishing eleventh in Sunday’s race. At her home race in Assen, she achieved her best qualifying results so far this season: Kox secured 13th and eighth place on the grid, making it into the top 10 for the first time. In the races, however, her strong performance went unrewarded. After collisions through no fault of her own, she finished 14th and 17th.
Fourth podium finish for TOYOTA GAZOO Racing UK
TOYOTA GAZOO Racing UK has finished second in the British GT Championship’s GT4 Pro-Am class at Oulton Park. In the wet conditions prevailing during Sunday’s second race, the team secured its fourth GT4 Pro-Am podium finish of the season. At Oulton Park, John Ferguson for the first time shared the wheel with 22-year-old Jamie Caroline. The reigning British GT4 Championship champion also managed to set the fastest race lap in the Pro-Am category with the 430 hp GR Supra GT4. The newly-formed driver duo had finished the first race in fourth place. The British GT Championship will hold its final round on 16 and 17 October at Donington Park.
CMR still in contention for the GT4 European Series title
In the GT4 European Series races at the Nürburgring, SVC Motorsport Group celebrated its best result of the season so far with the GR Supra GT4. Antoni Chodzen and Patrick Zamparini finished second in the Am class in both races.
In the Am category’s drivers’ standings, Andrea Bénézet and Wilfried Cazalbon were able to maintain their second place despite an accident in the Eifel. The two Frenchmen share the Classic and Modern Racing (CMR)-prepared GR Supra GT4 with start number 3.
Their CMR team-mates Stéphane Lemeret and Antoine Potty, on the other hand, suffered a setback in the fight for the Silver Class title due to debris piercing the radiator of their car in both Nürburgring races resulting in two DNFs. Despite this, the French team still has a mathematical chance of winning the title ahead of the season finale held at Barcelona from 8 to 10 October.
Fifth Silver Cup podium in France
CMR also flies the GR Supra GT4 flag in the French FFSA GT4 Championship. At the Circuit de Lédenon, Antoine Potty and Erwan Bastard showed a strong performance in the #34 car finishing third and second in the Silver Cup. After their fourth and fifth podiums of the season, they can still move up to second in the championship at the final round.
1-2-3 victory for TOYOTA at the Nordschleife
A fantastic result for the TOYOTA GT86 at the Nürburgring Langstrecken Series’ (NLS) season highlight. In the championship’s only six-hour race, the GT86 CS-Cup teams finished 1st, 2nd and 3rd in the SP3 class – with a surprise winner. The Hungarian Car Competition team scored a class win on their first-ever race in the Green Hell. Second place went to the Swiss Autorama team ahead of Pit Lane from Belgium.
Pole position, fastest lap and win for TOYOTA GT86 CS-Cup in Sweden
In the sixth round of the Swedish Touring Endurance Championship at Sviestad, H&H Racing showed a strong performance with the TOYOTA GT86 CS-Cup. The reigning TOYOTA GAZOO Racing Trophy Champion Alec Arho-Havrén and his team-mates Ortwin Herterich and Nils-Arne Holmudden took the pole position, set the fastest race lap and won the four-hour race in commanding fashion. It was the second win of the season for the TOYOTA crew.
TOYOTA GT86 CS-R3 junior driver shows improving pace
Premiere for HJS-DRC Junior Jonas Ertz and co-driver Maresa Lade: The junior team started for the first time with their TOYOTA GT86 CS-R3 at the ADAC Cimbern Rally in Schleswig-Holstein. On the seven demanding special stages over 87.77 kilometres, the duo underlined their rising form and finished seventh in the highly competitive RC4 class at the third round of the German Rally Championship.
TOYOTA GAZOO Racing Trophy
All these TOYOTA GAZOO Racing customer teams participating in Europe are part of the TOYOTA GAZOO Racing Trophy, a one-make series giving customers a special incentive to compete with their GR Supra GT4 or GT86 cars. Within the Trophy, they can earn prize money for podium finishes in their respective class. An overall win with the GR Supra GT4, for example, is rewarded with EUR 5,000 while a second or third place is worth EUR 2,000.
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