Roland Baumann cannot help but laugh a little. “Well, perhaps the races at the TMG GT86 Cup are just too short for us,” said the head of the Toyota Swiss Racing Team. In May, the team from Safenwil, located about 50 kilometres southeast of Basel, won the class V3 at the legendary 24-hour race in the “Green Hell” for the fourth consecutive time with a TMG GT86 CS-V3. “This year’s win was probably the easiest since our class was not as strongly contested,” said Baumann.
However, the focus has long been on the TMG GT86 Cup following the extended regeneration break in the VLN. The third seasonal race of the popular long-distance championship at the Nürburgring is scheduled for June 20 where drivers will compete for the attractive brand cup of TOYOTA Motorsport GmbH. “Of course, our aspiration is to, once again, be among the top teams,” said Baumann. The cup record of the Swiss team already includes some second-rank placements, but first place has eluded them thus far. Baumann is nonetheless confident to once again compete for a place on the podium since his team earned third place in the 2nd race of the TMG GT86 Cup in April. “Manuel Amweg has a background in formula racing; Thomas Lampert previously raced motorbikes. Both have little experience in touring and mastering the Nordschleife, but both have also significantly improved their lap times throughout the season. “In all fairness, we have to admit that a few boys at the TMG GT86 Cup were still a bit faster than our drivers,” explained the head of Technical Training at Toyota AG Switzerland, most likely referring to the defending champions and current league leaders Arne Hoffmeister/Fabian Wrabetz from Team Dörr Motorsport.
Baumann has come up with a plan B: “Consistency is especially important this season since there are no discarded results in this year’s point system. The primary goal is to once again get good results and collect as many points as possible.” The cheerful 49-year-old also expressed a personal wish to his drivers: “The beautiful TMG watch that is awarded to the manager of the pole-position team is still missing in my collection…”
Nico Ehlert, Principal Engineer Customer Motorsport: “After the five-week break following the 24-hour race, it is now finally time to race again. Eight extremely exciting races await us. Our TMG GT86 Cup starters have most certainly used their time wisely and prepared themselves thoroughly for the race. I am certain we will once again witness exciting motorsports.”
Interested teams and drivers will find detailed information on the TMG GT86 Cup, including the latestrules and regulations, at www.gt86-cup.com. Royalty-free high-resolution images of the TMG GT86 CS-V3 and the TMG GT86 Cup can be found at: www.toyota-motorsport-photos.com