TMG GT86 Cup: 2017 championship still open

  • The sixth race of TOYOTA’s one-make Cup promises plenty of tension
  • Championship leader Milltek Racing is defending top spot
  • Closest rival Toyota Swiss Racing Team relies on family experiences

Ahead of the sixth race of the TMG GT86 Cup on 2 September, the fight for the overall victory remains open. With its third win out of five races this season, Milltek Racing has pulled clear at the top of the standings with 86 points, but the British team is not in a safe position. “Every race at the Nürburgring is a very special challenge. That’s why we have to stay focused, work hard and not rest on our laurels,” says Steve Pound, Managing Director of Milltek Sport and team boss of Milltek Racing. “We have learned a lot in a short time and are proud of what we have achieved so far. But we want to defend our lead in the standings until the end of the season and stay on top.”

The closest rival, with one win so far, is the defending 2016 champions Toyota Swiss Racing Team with 72 points, followed by Leutheuser Racing & Events. Although this team has not yet won a race this season, it has scored consistently, with 69 points so far. A maximum of 22 championship points can be collected at each race weekend, therefore the order can still change significantly. This guarantees tension on the race track.

Toyota Swiss Racing Team relies on family support and experience to lead its Cup challenge. For driver Manuel Amweg it is important that his father Fredy, once a Formula 2 and hill climb driver himself, is always present at the races. “He gives me a lot of advice and supports me mentally,” said the reigning Cup champion. Sister Sabine, also a former VLN driver and wife of second driver Frédéric Yerly, belongs to the team and adds her support around the garage. When Thomas Lampert, with whom Amweg won the 2016 Cup, finished his driving carrer at the end of last season, Yerly took over. Yerly was previously active in other racing series with GT3 racing cars, but always wanted to drive at the Nordschleife. “We knew that Frédéric is a fast and has a lot of experiences and we are glad that he has gotten used to the new car so quickly. He is now the pole position hunter for us, because he is simply able to get everything right for this one lap,” says team manager Roland Baumann. Obvious proof of this are the four best times in qualifying so far, which secured eight additional championship points.

Interested teams and drivers will find more detailed information on the TMG GT86 Cup at www.gt86-cup.com.

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