Up to the sixth round of the TMG GT86 Cup, no team had been able to establish themselves as clear favourites. And the situation didn’t change last weekend as the Toyota Swiss Racing Team won the race in dominant style, with championship leaders Milltek Racing coming second. This means that the motor-racing enthusiasts may look forward to more thrilling and close race action in the popular makes cup of TOYOTA Motorsport GmbH.
Meanwhile, Milltek Racing weren’t as dominant as they had been in the two previous race meetings. Despite trying very hard and delivering in fine style, they weren’t able to match the pace of their toughest rivals in the battle for the championship, Toyota Swiss Racing Team, throughout the qualifying session. Consequently, the Britons had to settle for having qualified second.
The Toyota Swiss Racing Team felt at home from lap one and delivered despite the typical Eifel weather that featured everything from torrential rain via fogy phases to short periods of sunshine. The Swiss Manuel Amweg and Frédéric Yerly in car #535 outperformed the completion as early as in the qualifying session and set the fastest lap by crossing the line 9:48.430 die minutes. Milltek Racing’s #533, however, raced by Dale Lomas, Lucian Gavris and Werner Gusenbauer, kept on pressurising the future pole-sitters throughout the session – a situation that was continued in the race. Toyota Swiss Racing Team held the lead in the cup class at any time and consequently celebrated a never jeopardised race win. “We raced on slicks from lap one to the finish,” revealed Toyota Swiss Racing driver Manuel Amweg. “This proved to be difficult at times but was the crucial factor in the end as three quarters of the circuit were dry. Furthermore, we were able to pass a slower competitor right at the beginning of the race in the Hatzenbach section to afterwards open a gap on the field. With three hours contested, our lead over our toughest rivals amounted to three minutes.”
Milltek Racing also were able to defend their second position, added another 17 points to their tally and defended their championship lead with 107 points. Toyota Swiss Racing Team now has got 94 points and still holds second position in the championship. Third place was secured by Team Ring Racing (Ulf Wickop und Klaus Völker, 55 points) who impressed with a great performance and currently hold sixth position in the championship. With six of the nine races contested, the 2017 TMG GT86 Cup season remains a true thriller and even more so as every team may have its worst result deleted, at the end of the season!
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