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Toyota 86 Racing Series 2019 Season Launch



** Total series prize pool of $150,000 including overseas drive for Kaizen Award **
** Toyota GAZOO Racing Australia supporting invited drivers in each round **
** More than 30 teams entered in the one-make series to race across five rounds **

Toyota GAZOO Racing Australia (TGRA) is taking its local motorsports involvement to the next level as the Toyota 86 Racing Series kicks off its fourth season.

With $150,000 on offer in prize money, the one-make race series that runs as a support category for select rounds of the Supercars Championship has grown into a thrilling competition for motorsport fans and amateur race teams alike.

Toyota Australia Chief Marketing Officer Wayne Gabriel said the Toyota 86 Racing Series has proven to be an affordable and exciting grassroots series for both aspiring professional drivers and enthusiasts whose passion for motorsport runs deep.

"Through our unique program of racing that brings together a series mentor and invited professional drivers who are on hand to advise and nurture new talent, the series has proven to be a fertile training ground for tomorrow's champions," Mr Gabriel said.

"At the same time, being a one-make series with identical 2.0-litre 86 racecars, it is an opportunity for amateur enthusiast drivers to truly develop their abilities and compete with each other on a level playing field where it is largely driver skill that wins races," he said.

The appeal of the race series has been such that it has run full grids of often more than 30 cars in each race, creating tight competition and thrilling wheel-to-wheel action for fans at every round.

In addition to the glory, drivers will be competing for the Toyota GAZOO Racing Australia trophy and cash prizes of $50,000, $30,000 and $15,000 for the top three podium positions at the end of the season.

The coveted Kaizen Award for continuous improvement valued at $35,000 will again be awarded to the most improved driver, and includes a drive in one of the overseas Toyota 86 Racing Series championships.

For 2019, the series will be run across five rounds - with three races at each round - at some of Australia's iconic race circuits including Phillip Island, Bathurst and Sandown, together with two challenging street circuits in Townsville and Newcastle.

When the season kicks off at Philip Island in Victoria on April 12, the battle for the chequered flag will be intense with six of last year's top ten drivers back on the track including 2018 Toyota 86 Racing Series winner Tim Brook and runner-up Luke King.

Brook, King and the rest of the drivers will be testing their skills against the invited Toyota GAZOO Racing Australia team of pro drivers Garth Tander, who has a Supercars championship and three Bathurst 1000 titles, and his wife Leanne who won the 2016 Formula Ford Championship.

At subsequent events, the Toyota GAZOO Racing Australia team will comprise different professional drivers with experience in a range of categories for each round.

The whole series is overseen by former Supercars driver Jason Bargwanna, who continues in his capacity as series mentor.

A total of 30 drivers and teams have registered to race in the entire 2019 series with a further seven teams opting to race in select rounds.

All competitors drive a Toyota 86 that has been modified with a high performance affordable race package that can have them on the track for about $75,000 including the cost of the original road car.

Developed by Neal Bates Motorsport, the race package includes upgraded brakes, suspension, exhaust and engine components. Control Dunlop tyres are fitted along with a roll-cage and CAMS-compliant race seat.


Toyota 86 Racing Series Calendar
April 12-14: Phillip Island, Victoria
July 5-7: Townsville, Queensland
October 10-13: Bathurst, NSW
November 8-10: Sandown, Victoria
November 22-24: Newcastle, NSW

Toyota motorsport
Toyota has a proud international motorsport history spanning more than 60 years. It became the first Japanese car manufacturer to enter international motorsport when it contested the 1957 Mobilgas Round Australia Rally, which is why many people consider Australia to be the birthplace of Toyota motorsport. Today, Toyota GAZOO Racing contests the FIA-sanctioned World Rally Championship, World Endurance Championship which features the famed 24 Hours of Le Mans, and the gruelling Dakar rally. Closer to home, Toyota GAZOO Racing Australia supports the Toyota 86 Racing Series that seeks to develop the talent of tomorrow as Australia's premier grassroots circuit-racing category. In rallying, Toyota also supports the Toyota GAZOO Racing Australia rally team in the Australian Rally Championship.

For more information, please contact:
James Wang
Senior Lifestyle and Motorsport Public Relations Consultant
Mob: (0431) 431 082

Brodie Bott
Manager, Public Affairs
Mob: 0448 027 143

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** Toyota 86 series provides perfect training ground for aspiring pro drivers **
** Several 86 alumni now competing in feeder Supercars series **

As the Toyota 86 Racing Series enters its fourth season, it continues to provide local motorsports enthusiasts with the perfect breeding ground to develop and harness their racing skills.

Aimed at young aspiring professional race drivers and passionate amateurs, the one-make series pits driver against driver in a format that helps develop skills and experience while offering substantial public and media exposure.

Toyota Australia Chief Marketing Officer Wayne Gabriel said such was the pedigree of the program, that it has seen several alumni go on and compete at some of Australian motorsports highest levels, including Supercars series.

"The Toyota 86 Racing Series is a fantastic opportunity for aspiring professional drivers and teams to develop their abilities in a professional environment and engage with motorsport fans and the broader community," Mr Gabriel said.

"This series provides an affordable training ground for skilled race drivers to continue building on their racing fundamentals and the opportunity to showcase their skills to the media, fans and wider motorsport fraternity," he said.

Last year, 15-year-old Broc Feeney proved he has what it takes after becoming the youngest ever race winner in the 86 series at The Bend in South Australia, before demonstrating his skills were on point with another win in the 86 at Sandown in Melbourne.

The potential he showed in the 86 series saw him join forces with Paul Morris Motorsports for 2019 to drive a pre-2013 specification V8 Supercar in this year's Super3 Series.

Fellow 86 driver Nic Carroll has also scored a drive in the Super3 series for 2019 with MW Motorsport after finishing in seventh position at the end of the 2018 86 racing season.

Jimmy Vernon, the 2017 86 series champion, has taken his talents to the GT3 Cup Challenge Australia where he won the last race of the 2018 season in Sydney, setting the fastest lap of the race.

Reflecting on his time in the 86, Mr Vernon said the Toyota 86 Racing Series was the best category in Australia that he could have placed himself in.

"The exposure and credibility I received for a fraction of the cost of other race categories is what impressed me the most," Mr Vernon said.

"To race at an elite level at the Supercars meetings against some of the best up and coming drivers is something that is hard to budget for, but the T86RS is definitely the most cost-effective way of increasing your professional profile," he said.

As the 2016 86 series winner, Will Brown stood atop the podium in seven races throughout the season before being scouted for the Super2 Series.

In his two-seasons in Super2, Brown finished in the top-ten of the competition that forms the second tier grid for Australia's premier motorsport series, the Supercars Championship.

Cameron Hill is yet another successful 86 alumni having raced in the Carrera Cup in 2018 and is again lining up on the grid for same series this year.

The success of these drivers comes in part from the format of the 86 racing series with drivers provided with a full-time dedicated mentor, with former Supercars driver Jason Bargwanna returning for 2019.

At every round, Mr Bargwanna takes drivers through a pre- and post-race briefing running them through factors such as specific track conditions and what to be aware of as well as providing insights into their performance.

The amateur drivers not only put their skills to the test against each other but also battle it out with two invited professional drivers as part of the Toyota GAZOO Racing Australia team at each round.

These drivers bring their skills and experience to the series offering advice and tips to the rest of the field.

For the season opener at Phillip Island, lining up on the grid for the Toyota GAZOO Racing Australia team will be Supercars and Bathurst champion Garth Tander and his wife Leanne, who has a Formula Ford title to her name.


For more information, please contact:
James Wang
Senior Lifestyle and Motorsport Public Relations Consultant
Mob: (0431) 431 082

Brodie Bott
Manager, Public Affairs
Mob: 0448 027 143

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** Mandatory race package transforms Toyota 86 into track-ready race car **
**Adjustable coil-over damping allows teams to fine tune suspension set-up **

The Toyota 86 Racing Series offers motorsport enthusiasts and budding pro drivers the opportunity to grid up in a professional, high-profile race series for as little as $75,000.

Toyota and technical partner Neal Bates Motorsport (NBM) have worked with a range of specialists to create an affordable mandatory race package that ensures entry into the series is accessible to a wide range of amateur teams, and all drivers compete on a level playing field.

As a rear-drive, two-door coupe, the Toyota 86 offers a perfect platform on which to build a fast and durable, track-ready race car.

Neal Bates, a four-time Australian Rally Champion, said the race package was designed to deliver a balance of performance, tune-ability and budget.

"Young aspiring pro drivers and passionate amateurs will appreciate the enhanced driveability we have achieved through the exhaust and ECU tune while the adjustable coil-over dampers also offer the ability to fine tune the suspension set-up," Mr Bates said.

The adjustable front and rear coil-over damping system has been built and tuned by Queensland-based MCA, owned and run by rally legend and suspension guru Murray Coote.

The standard 86 brakes have been upgraded with larger rotors (330mm front / 316mm rear) and AP Racing callipers (four-piston front / two-piston rear), while wheels step up to 18-inch OZ 'Asfalto' alloy rims.

The exhaust system is custom made from manifold to tailpipe by NBM, a racing spec engine oil cooler has been added, and a specific, locked Motec M150 Electronic Control Unit (ECU) is able to be swapped from car to car, ensuring parity on engine management.

A modified throttle stop, bespoke rear spoiler, baffled sump pan and Motec control dash complete the list of required NBM elements for a total price of about $27,000.

After extensive on-track testing and approval by the Confederation of Australian Motorsport (CAMS), Dunlop's ultra-high performance R-specification Direzza DZIII86 tyre was selected as the series control tyre.

Teams are allowed up to six new tyres for each round supplied by Dunlop Tyres Australia that are available at a set price of $289.85 (including GST).

In addition to the mandatory race package developed by NBM, competitors are required to fit a category-compliant roll-cage and CAMS-compliant race seat and multi-point harness that can be sourced independently for between $12,000 -$15,000.


Toyota 86 Racing Series competition components

EngineMotec M150 Electronic Control Unit, TRD engine oil cooler, baffled sump pan, modified throttle stop
ExhaustNeil Bates Motorsport custom - 86 Track Spec
SuspensionMCA adjustable front and rear coil-over damping system
Wheels18-inch OZ 'Asfalto' alloy rims
TyresDunlop Direzza DZIII86 - 225/40R18 R-spec
BrakesUpgraded rotors (330mm front / 316mm rear) and AP Racing callipers (four-piston front / two-piston rear)
BodyT86RS-specific rear spoiler
InteriorMotec Control Dash
SafetyT86RS-compliant roll-cage, CAMS-compliant race seat and multi-point harness

For more information, please contact:
James Wang
Senior Lifestyle and Motorsport Public Relations Consultant
Mob: (0431) 431 082

Brodie Bott
Manager, Public Affairs
Mob: 0448 027 143

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