- Toyota Swiss Racing set the fastest race lap in 2017
- International field with drivers from 11 nations in the TOYOTA one-make cup
- TOYOTA Motorsport GmbH plans to reinforce its customer motorsport activities in 2018
The fifth season of the TMG GT86 Cup has just ended with the overall victory and successful title defence by the Toyota Swiss Racing team – with some interesting numbers. The champions completed the fastest lap of the season, in 9mins 41.865secs, in seventh round of the TOYOTA Motorsport GmbH (TMG) one-make cup. Over the 24.358 kilometre circuit, made up of most of the Grand Prix circuit and the Nürburgring Nordschleife with its total of 73 corners, this corresponds to an average speed of 150.703 km/h. The fastest race of the year was round four in July. The winners, Milltek Racing, completed 24 laps, including yellow flag phases and three mandatory pit stops, at an average of 140.867 km/h through the “Green Hell”.
Heavy work also means a long-distance season for the pit crews. The mechanics of Toyota Swiss Racing, for example, completed a total of 31 stops for refuelling in which around 1410 litres of fuel were added to their GT86 CS-Cup car. With numerous tyre and driver changes, they proved that motorsport is a team sport and pit crew contributed to the success of their drivers. On their way to the championship title, the two Swiss drivers Manuel Amweg and Frédéric Yerly in car #535 changed gear around 21,900 times, using the manual h-pattern gearbox in the CS-Cup. This season the tyres from series supplier Pirelli rotated an astonishing 2,700,565 times.
In addition to the technical numbers, the international field was also shows impressive variety, which has always been a hallmark of the Cup. This year, 35 drivers from 11 different nations started the season, including the US, New Zealand and Russia. Overall, the TMG GT86 Cup starters completed 29,668 kilometres in the nine races of the season.
In motorsport, the end f one season is the beginning of the next. True to this motto, TMG has long been preparing for the motorsport year 2018. There, the activities in customer motorsport will be strengthened and combined into a new competition.
Unlike the TMG GT86 Cup, which was successfully launched in 2013, a new competition is designed to give all TMG customers the opportunity to get involved, regardless of the series in which they operate their TMG car. A detailed scoring system will provide all competitors the same conditions and chance to succeed. The rules and technical requirements of each respective series will be used so technical regulations by TMG will no longer exist. More details and information will be announced soon.