The spectacular Toyota GT86 CS-R3 will return to the stages this season within the BRC from the 2nd round of the championship, The Pirelli rally based in Carlisle.
After a brilliant first season for the car run by Cornwall based RallyPrep under the guidance of Neil Yates, it will once again be crewed by Belfast’s Will Corry and his Mold based co-driver Brynmor Pierce. Rally Prep are TOYOTA Motorsport GmbH’s (TMG) official UK distributor and launched the new Blackwater Graphics supplied livery on the BRC and Wales Rally GB stand at Autosport in January.
The team is acknowledged to have been the most successful R3 GT86 crew in Europe during 2016 are looking to build on that success. Will “2016 was all about developing the car for UK stage conditions and learning what was a brand new car. Last year was above and beyond what we’d hoped for and has set a benchmark that we need to build on and surpass in 2017’’ ‘’With the support of our family business Corry Motorsport and our other partners we can’t wait to get going, Ypres is getting me very excited already’’
The team will be missing round one as the change to the Border Counties created a date clash for Corry who has commitments racing an Austin-Healey Sprite at the 75th Goodwood Members meeting on the same weekend: “I’ll be keeping an eye on the BRC results whilst I’m trying to claim some silverware at Goodwood!’’
Following scoring the first ever outright victory for the GT86 CS-R3 on last August’s National A Ulster Rally whilst running on D-Mack tyres the team are delighted to be teaming up with D-Mack for the whole of their 2017 campaign and are looking forward to the new products that the Cumbrian company have developed.
The car is a firm favourite with the spectators, the high revving normally aspirated engine and sideways antics making for a great spectacle on the stages. Whilst 2016 was a season of development for the only homologated rear wheel drive rally car outside the GT class, 2017 sees further updates, Neil ‘’Our work last year has been incorporated into an evolution in several areas of the car and we have multiple FIA homologated upgrades due for approval in April which will move the car forward again. In particular TMG have significantly enhanced the torque curve which will be a big benefit when trading times with the other homologated R3 & R2 competition – and allowing us to take the fight to the big motor modified boys on National status events’’