Seven teams fielding a total of nine technically-optimised GT86 CS-V3 race cars will line up on the grid for the first race of this season’s TMG GT86 Cup on 29 March.
A busy off-season has seen TOYOTA Motorsport GmbH (TMG) further develop the impressive GT86 CS-V3 race car and the TMG GT86 Cup package. With an exciting and reliable car, clear rules and the memories of a fantastic season of action 2013, the TMG GT86 Cup is back strong than ever.
In its second season, the Cup, which is open exclusively to GT86 CS-V3 cars, is once again a part of all 10 VLN races on the famous Nürburgring Nordschleife than last year.
This year, the eight teams and 30 registered drivers will benefit from even more performance from the GT86 CS-V3 car, which has won the V3 class of the Nürburgring 24 Hours for the past two years. Winter fine-tuning has delivered more torque, better braking, a lower centre of gravity, better fuel consumption and optimised handling.
At the obligatory test sessions on 21/22 March, five teams made use of the opportunity to fine-tune their car for the first race, including new participants are Mothes GP with drivers Patrick Mothes, Daniel Weckop and Domenico Solombrino.
“As new participants in the TMG GT86 Cup, we are very excited about the 2014 season. What had been very interesting on paper to begin with, during the first test turned out to be huge fun. With its rear drive and small power-to-weight ratio, the GT86 CS-V3 is very agile indeed; this will certainly be reflected in fast lap times. Regarding the TMG GT86 Cup, it is too early to say where we will end up. The field is quite excellent this year. The new suspension means that all teams have to start from scratch, which not only makes it interesting for new participants but also poses a challenge to experienced drivers. We at Mothes GP look forward to some exciting battles,” says Patrick Mothes.
One particularly attractive factor in the TMG GT86 Cup’s expansion in its second year is the increased prize money fund. The total this year stands at €86,000, to be paid to the top eight in the overall standings.
Nico Ehlert, Principal Engineer Customer Motorsport: “The huge field in the TMG GT86 Cup is an indication of how hard we have worked over the winter. But we are still expecting more teams to register for the Cup in the coming weeks. We felt obliged to do everything we could to provide our customers with the best and equal conditions this season; we worked very hard this winter. Now I look forward to 10 exciting races and wish all teams the best of luck.”