Introducing the TOYOTA GAZOO Racing Trophy
In 2019, the TOYOTA GAZOO Racing Trophy initiated by TOYOTA Motorsport GmbH (TMG) will go into its second season and once again give the owners of GT86 race and rally cars the opportunity to fight for points and a total prize money of €80,000.
The concept of the Trophy, which offers GT86 drivers the chance to compete with no specific technical regulations and no entry fee, has proven to be successful in its inaugural season and will continue with minimal changes in 2019. These include a more even distribution of prize money and small adjustments to the points structure to again ensure a level playing field among race and rally drivers.
The TOYOTA GAZOO Racing Trophy is once again open to all three GT86 customer motorsport versions produced by TMG; the CS-V3 and CS-Cup race cars plus the CS-R3 rally car. For maximum flexibility, cars can be entered in any race or championship within Europe and earn points for the Trophy based on their results, the size of the grid and the level of competition.
The final Trophy standings will be determined by the best 10 registered results from each competitor in 2019. The total prize money of €80,000 Euros will be split among the top five drivers with €25,000 going to the winner, €20,000 to the second-placed driver, €15,000 will be granted for the third-place, €10,000 for the fourth and €5,000 for the fifth. The winners will be celebrated at an end-of-season awards ceremony.
GT86 race cars will score Trophy points from any championship within Europe for which the car meets local technical regulations. TMG expects plenty of Trophy competitors to take part in the VLN, RCN and 24-hours race at the Nürburgring as well as other race series across Europe including the DRNT and FIA CEZ.
Rally entrants can compete in any European-based event, with Trophy points determined by the competitor’s finishing position compared with other R3 homologated cars, guaranteeing flexibility for customers within the diverse rally environment. TMG expects to see the GT86 CS-R3 competing in various countries across Europe.
In both race and rally, the length of event and number of competitors has a significant effect on the number of Trophy points available. The highest possible score per event is 75. These points are available for victory in a class of five or more cars in an endurance race of minimum eight hours or a rally with 200km or more of special stages.
Trophy prizes will be awarded to competitors who participate in a minimum of five events from 1 March to 30 November 2019. More details about the TOYOTA GAZOO Racing Trophy can be found at www.RacingByTMG.com.