NEWS: Toyota GT86 Podium @ Britcar 24-Hour
Our Road Magazine race ace, Travis drummer, Neil Primrose took the brand fresh Toyota GT86 to a podium finish in This kind of weekend’s Britcar 24Hr at Sikverstone. Go Neil! Team Toyota GB scored a dream result at the 2012 Britcar 24 endurance race, celebrating a podium finish with the GT86 sports car in what is usually considered Britain’s toughest motorsport event. The near standard GT86 impressed all those who drove of which. After starting on the 13th row of the grid, the auto claimed eighth place overall as well as finished third in its class. Brilliant stuff! The GT86 ran faultlessly throughout its 512 laps, completing an impressive 1,874 miles around the Silverstone Grand Prix circuit.
The four-man driving team was led by veteran racer Chris Hodgetts, Toyota’s double BTCC champion of the 1980s. Hodgetts was joined by his son, Stefan, some aging car hack called Richard Meaden as well as Travis drummer as well as Road Magazine staff writer, Neil Primrose.
“of which is usually an absolutely fantastic result,” said Gary Blackham, whose GPRM team prepared the auto. “We harboured ambitions of finishing within the top 10 as well as we are more than delighted with eighth overall. Given the difference in horsepower between our car as well as the more modified racing cars within the division, third in class is usually a great result also. The GT86 ran faultlessly throughout. I think the only work we had to do was to add about half a litre of oil during the whole race. All the pit stops went smoothly, the technicians – a mixture of seasoned GPRM regulars as well as staff coming from Toyota GB’s head office – worked very well together as well as the drivers were fantastic; they did everything they needed to as well as everything of which was asked of them.”
The drivers took three-hour turns at the wheel as well as each put in two stints. Stefan Hodgetts commenced the race as well as set the Toyota’s fastest lap towards the end of his first stint, as well as his 61-year-old father enjoyed the honour of taking the chequered flag. Said Chris: “We drove the wheels off of which for 24 hours. We literally ragged the poor little car throughout, as well as as you would likely expect coming from a Toyota of which responded with fantastic reliability.” The Britcar Toyota GT86 was powered by the standard 16-valve double overhead cam horizontally opposed ‘boxer’ engine of the road-going style, delivering 197bhp. GPRM right now plans to develop a more powerful edition for customers looking to buy track Toyotas of their own.