Ultra-successful weekend for the GR Supra GT4: TOYOTA GAZOO Racing’s customer racing car earned titles on both sides of the Atlantic. On Sunday, TOYOTA GAZOO Racing Sweden secured the drivers’ title in GT4 Scandinavia and Smooge Racing won a Pirelli GT4 America championship double.
In the GT4 Scandinavia season finale at Mantorp Park, championship leaders Hans Holmlund and Emil Skarås won the Pro-Am Drivers’ championship with their TOYOTA GAZOO Racing Sweden GR Supra GT4. In the first race, in changeable conditions, the Swedish pair celebrated their fourth victory and extended their championship lead. A fourth place in the second race was enough to win the title.
The newly-formed TOYOTA GAZOO Racing Sweden team has excelled since its first race, when it started with a win and a fifth place at Fällfors. Another victory for Hans and Emil in the second round at Gelleråsen Arena, combined with a second place in the other race, extended their championship advantage. A third triumph in 2021 followed at the former Formula 1 circuit of Anderstorp, marking the 25th class win for the GR Supra GT4 since its debut in June 2020 and setting up the Swedish duo to take the championship trophy last weekend.
GR Supra GT4 dominates Am class in GT4 America
Across the Atlantic, Smooge Racing secured the Pirelli GT4 America teams’ and drivers’ championships in the Am class in the penultimate race weekend of 2021 after a dominant season.
A third place in Saturday’s race at Sebring International Raceway was enough for John Geesbreght and Kevin Conway to secure the Am teams’ and drivers’ championships in the GR Supra GT4 with three races to go. On Sunday, the newly-crowned champions celebrated by taking class victory.
Even before the GT4 America season finale on 16 and 17 October at Indianapolis, Smooge Racing’s record since its formation at the beginning of the year is impressive; the Texas-based team has celebrated seven class victories and stood on the podium in all but one race.
“Congratulations to TOYOTA GAZOO Racing Sweden, Smooge Racing and their drivers Hans Holmlund, Emil Skarås, John Geesbreght and Kevin Conway on their championship titles,” said Florian von Hasselbach, Group Leader Customer Motorsport at TOYOTA GAZOO Racing Europe. “Both teams delivered extremely strong performances in their first year and deservedly added to the GR Supra GT4 title collection. We are proud of your great performances and we thank you for your commitment to the GR Supra GT4. We look forward to seeing both teams continue to develop and succeed in the future.”
GR Supra GT4’s race record: 30 wins and nearly 70 podiums
The GR Supra GT4 is based on the GR Supra, TOYOTA GAZOO Racing’s first road car sold world-wide. The customer racing version was designed and built by TOYOTA GAZOO Racing Europe in Cologne and its development started at the beginning of 2019. It included an extensive test programme on various tracks across Europe covering more than 12,000 kilometres. Since its race debut in June 2020, the car which is powered by a 430 bhp six-cylinder turbo engine has celebrated 30 victories and almost 70 podium finishes. With the new title wins in GT4 Scandinavia and GT4 America, the GR Supra GT4 has now become a champion on all three continents where it raced after having won French GT4 Championship’s Am class and Japanese Super Taikyu Series’ ST-1 class in its first competition year.
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