Overall victories in the DTM Trophy and GT4 Scandinavia, first win of the season in the British GT Championship, leader in the GT4 European Series and GT4 America plus a winning streak in the Super Taikyu Series for TOYOTA GAZOO Racing’s GR Supra GT4 customer teams.
At the British GT Championship’s fourth race weekend of 2021, at Snetterton, TOYOTA GAZOO Racing UK celebrated its first class win of the season. Scott McKenna and John Ferguson crossed the line as winners of the Pro-Am category and third overall in GT4. McKenna, the first member of the newly-created TOYOTA GAZOO Racing UK Young Driver Programme, also set the fastest race lap in the #15 GR Supra GT4. The second race on the former airfield, on the other hand, ended shortly after the start due to a contact with another competitor.
The TOYOTA GAZOO Racing UK drivers already had their first taste of champagne at the second round of the season. At Donington, they fought up to third place after McKenna had already set the fastest lap in qualifying in the Speedworks Motorsport-run GR Supra GT4.
Inaugural DTM Trophy victory for TOYOTA GAZOO Racing Germany
At the DTM Trophy season opener in Monza in mid-June, TOYOTA GAZOO Racing Germany’s GR Supra GT4 was less than a second short of its first podium finish in the second race. But the champagne corks were popping already at the following race weekend. At the Lausitzring, the GR Supra GT4 celebrated its first victory in the DTM support series. Nico Verdonck took a commanding start-finish victory in Saturday’s race. The second GR Supra GT4, entered by Ring Racing, also did well at the Lausitzring: Stéphane Kox, the daughter of former touring car ace Peter Kox, finished eighth and scored her first championship points – an excellent achievement in the highly competitive field with cars from seven different manufacturers.
TOYOTA GAZOO Racing Sweden scores GT4 Scandinavia debut win
The newly-founded TOYOTA GAZOO Racing Sweden team got off to a successful start to its GT4 Scandinavia campaign. At the season opener in Fällfors, Hans Holmlund and Emil Skarås won the second race in their GR Supra GT4 after finishing fifth in the previous round. After this strong debut, the team will also be among the favourites in the fight for overall victory at the second round at Karlskoga Motor Stadium on August 21-22 with the 430hp six-cylinder turbo engine GR Supra GT4.
Silver Cup lead in GT4 European Series
In the GT4 European Series, CMR (Classic & Modern Racing) is on the way to win the Silver Cup with the GR Supra GT4. Stéphane Lémeret and Antoine Potty have been on the podium in six of the eight races held so far and at their home round at Spa-Francorchamps, the Belgian pair defended their lead in the drivers’ standings with fifth and third places.
Their CMR team-mates are also fighting for the championship in the Am class. Andrea Benezet and Wilfried Cazalbon are currently second in the standings, 24 points down on the leaders. At the third round at Zandvoort, the duo drove to second place and celebrated their first class win of the season. At the next race, at Spa-Francorchamps, they saw the chequered flag fifth and second in their category.
In the Ardennes, the SVC Sport Management team of Piotr and Antoni Chodzen secured its first pole position of the season in the Am category, narrowly missing out on the podium in the race, finishing in fourth place.
CMR also aims for the title in the French FFSA GT Championship
In the French FFSA GT Championship, CMR also fields two GR Supra GT4. In the first race at Spa-Francorchamps, Erwan Bastard and Antoine Potty, driving the #34 car, came close to their first win of the season but a puncture in the last lap shattered their dreams. They took revenge the next day by finishing second overall. Thanks to this result, CMR is second in the Silver Class team standings after eight of twelve races. Wilfried Cazalbon and Loris Cabirou also underlined their rising form in Belgium; starting in the Pro-Am category, they earned sixth overall in the first race to achieve their best result of the season.
TOYOTA GT86 CS-Cup successes in Nürburgring Endurance Series
In the Nürburgring Langstrecken Series (NLS), GT86 CS-Cup customer teams Pit Lane and Crazy Monkeys dominated the SP3 class in round four with a Toyota one-two finish. At the following NLS double-header in mid-July, Pit Lane drivers Olivier Muytjens, Jacques Derenne, Bruno Barbaro and “Brody” took second place on Saturday and celebrated their second class win of the season on Sunday. The Autorama team from Switzerland finished the fifth NLS round in third place but did not take part on Sunday.
TOYOTA GT86 CS-R3 takes part in German Rally Championship
At the opening round of the German Rally Championship (DRM), the Rally Stemweder Berg, Jonas Ertz and co-driver Maresa Lade competed in the Toyota GT86 CS-R3 for the first time. The junior team finished eighth in the RC4 class with the 232hp rear-wheel drive car. With guest appearances in Italy and Slovenia, the HJS DRC Junior driver has been preparing for the second DRM round, the ADAC Saarland Rally, which will take place from 20 to 21 August.
TOYOTA GAZOO Racing Trophy
All these teams are part of the TOYOTA GAZOO Racing Trophy giving them 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.
Championship lead in the US, winning streak in Japan
The GR Supra GT4 also entered the winners’ circle in the US and Japan. In Pirelli GT4 America, TOYOTA GAZOO Racing customers Smooge Racing travels to the fourth round of the season at Road America (August 27-29) leading the Am standings. Kevin Conway and John Geesbreght, who share driving duties in the GR Supra GT4, have a comfortable 26-point lead over their rivals. In the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge, TOYOTA GAZOO Racing Latin America secured its first top-five finish with the GR Supra GT4 at Lime Rock Park. In Japan, ROOKIE Racing had a winning streak since the beginning of the season winning the Super Taikyu Series’ ST-Q class in all four rounds held so far.
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