CS-R3 DEBUT SEASON ENDS ON A HIGH

The first season of competition for the GT86 CS-R3 rally car ended with more trophies, confirming the impressive performance shown already across Europe.

RallyPrep already demonstrated the car’s abilities on British stages by winning the BRC3 class three times from three rallies, whilst giving the rear-wheel-drive CS-R3 its first outright rally victory, in Ulster.

When the German Rally Championship came to an end at the weekend, there was more success for the CS-R3. Hermann Gassner Jr, having completed a full season in the very competitive 2WD category, took runners-up spot in the championship.

He took his title challenge into the final round of the season, but unfortunately fell just short, nevertheless showing a strong performance level in the CS-R3’s first competitive season.

Hermann said: “I’m pleased to be vice champion in the 2WD championship. At the beginning of the season, we could not imagine that we could fight for the championship title. We have steadily improved the GT86 CS-R3 during the season and adapted the set-up to my driving style. This allowed us to win some rallies in the 2WD championship.”

In Italy, Claudio Conforto Galli achieved class podiums in his CS-R3 while circuit racing star Heikki Kovalainen enjoyed several outings in the Japanese championship along with TMG’s Japanese distributor Luck Co. Ltd.

Having shown class-winning speed in various championships and conditions, including the European Rally Championship during a one-off entry in Barum Rally Zlin, TMG expects to see more CS-R3 cars in action next year.

Nico Ehlert, TMG’s Principal Engineer Customer Motorsport, said: “It has been a fascinating season for the CS-R3 and we are satisfied to see strong performances in various championships. Thanks to all our partners and customers who have been part of the CS-R3 story so far. We at TMG are working closely with all CS-R3 owners to provide the best level of support and to continuously fine-tune the car, with their help. Rally is an ever-changing and developing world, so we will be working hard over the winter to further optimise the CS-R3 in preparation for an even stronger 2017.”