The nine TMG GT86 Cup race of the season provided a thrilling spectacle on the Nürburgring Nordschleife. Vantage Motorsport, with siblings Sarah and Nigel Moore behind the wheel, held off a determined challenge from Dörr Motorsport’s Arne Hoffmeister and Fabian Wrabetz to take the victory after four hours of racing. Dörr Motorsport’s TMG GT86 CS-V3, #534, was only 39 seconds behind at the chequered flag. Reigning Cup champion Jutta Beisiegel and her Leutheuser Racing & Events team-mates Martin Tschornia and Pawel Ledwon finished third.
The Vantage and Dörr CS-V3s fought an exciting duel right from the start. Nigel Moore’s #539 car started from pole position again but the Brits had stiff competition throughout. Depending upon the situation on the Nordschleife and their respective pit stop strategy, the Vantage crew and their rivals from Dörr, who lead the Cup standings going into the race, took turns in the lead. After three hours, Dörr led by just six tenths of a second.
“That was really a close race and certainly our hardest-won win in the TMG GT86 Cup. That makes us very proud. We had found a perfect set-up and our car worked perfectly all the time,” said Nigel Moore. Once again, the Cup partners were an integral part of this success: after all, Bilstein shock absorbers and Eibach springs make a significant contribution to the CS-V3 car’s impressive lap times around the Nordschleife. Sarah Moore was disappointed looking at the Cup standings: “It’s a real pity that because of our non finish in the second race we no longer stand any real chance of winning the Cup, despite winning four races. We now want to win our fifth race too in the last event of the season on 25 October.”
Arne Hoffmeister said: “It was an exciting race. Of course, we would have liked to win, but late in the race we had to back in order to save fuel otherwise we would have needed another stop. That’s why we had to drop behind Vantage.” But Dörr Motorsport is quite content with its second place because those behind them in the standings, Alexander and Wolfgang Kudrass, did not score points in this race due to a first-lap incident. But just as last year, the race for the Cup title will go to the last race.
Nico Ehlert, Principal Engineer Customer Motorsport: “Today, we saw one of the most exciting races in our Cup’s short history. That was what motorsport is all about. And the fact that the fight for the 2015 Cup is still open means that the last race will be very exciting too.”
One day before the final race this season on 25 October, TOYOTA Motorsport GmbH will provide interested drivers with an opportunity to get to know the car and the series. The test will take place on the morning of 24 October. Participants need to have a valid driving licence, a race driver’s licence (at least National A), a complete racing equipment (incl. HANS) of a valid FIA standard and be at least 18 years old. The test is comprised of 2×4 laps on the grand-prix course. Information and a registration form can be got from email@example.com. If participants buy a race-grade cup vehicle, the costs of the test will partly be set off against the car’s purchase price. The closing date for registrations is 22 October.
Interested teams and drivers will find detailed information on the TMG GT86 Cup, including the latest rules 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