Three races with three different winners. This TMG GT86 Cup season has been chequered thus far. But for the fourth race of the exciting TOYOTA Motorsport GmbH (TMG) brand cup, part of the VLN, a new deal is in the offing. On June 25, the TMG GT86 CS-Cup, with its extensive upgrade, will make its debut.
After having won the second race this season, the Toyota Swiss Racing Team’s Manuel Amweg (27) and Thomas Lampert (48) now want to use the upgraded car to be the first to win twice. They currently show 45 points, ranking third behind Nils Jung/Florian Wolf (Ring Racing) and “Brody“/Bruno Barbaro/Olivier Muytjens (Pitlane – AMC Sankt Vith).
Still, Amweg doesn’t think the team are odds-on favourites. “We will stick with our tactics: crossing the finish line and scoring. If we can continue to do this, we will only think of the title come the eight race or so,“ says the Swiss driver, who works in the field for a Swiss car glazier.
The hobby footballer started his motorsport career in 2009 in the Formula Renault and drove his first VLN race in 2014, with his older sister, Sabine. “I contracted the Nordschleife fever then. There is no race track like it.“ The same year, he also started to work with Thomas Lampert, his current partner.
The 48-year-old driver from Liechtenstein runs a Toyota/Lexus dealership in Vaduz and can look back on an interesting motorsport career. He started with karts, before his training and self-employment required him to take a break. “When I was 25, I started to do motorcycle races,” Lambert remembers the 24 hours of Oschersleben race, for example. Then, for the sake of his business and family, he took his next break. “At 35, and quite by chance, I encountered Scuderia Hanseat.“ Again having been infected with the motorsport virus, he did his licence in 2012, and in 2013 took part in a few RCN races, the Nordschleife series. And since 2014, he has been Amweg’s partner in the TMG GT86 Cup. The businessman likes to spend his free time hiking or mountain-biking with his six and eight years old sons.
Incidentally, Amweg and Lampert agree that they have found the right partner. “We liked each other from the very first moment,” says Amweg. And Lampert adds: “Fortunately, Manuel is not a girl, or I would marry him,” he says with a smile. They also both look forward to using the upgrade. “I really am excited about our first free practice,” the Swiss says, and his partner from Liechtenstein adds: “It will take a while until we are fully familiar with it, but all we have heard about it is most promising.“
Nico Ehlert, Principal Engineer Customer Motorsports: “As promised, we now provide an upgrade for the fourth race which will much improve the cup car’s performance and handling. This huge development was a real challenge in logistical terms as well. I am glad that we could provide all teams with all the components right in time. Now we look forward to the first race with the TMG GT86 CS-Cup and what our drivers will make of it.“
Interested teams and drivers will find more detailed information on the TMG GT86 Cup 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