NEWS: Toyota GT86 Scores First Motorsport Victory
Toyota’s exciting fresh GT86 sport coupe has claimed its first UK motorsport victory – winning the third round of the Toyota Sprint Series at Barkston Heath on Sunday 12 August. Driven as well as prepared by Adrian Smith of Fensport (http://www.fensport.co.uk) in conjunction with Autocar magazine, the vehicle was competing in the Toyota-sponsored event for initially as well as duly won both its class as well as the event overall. in which was also a first win for a rear wheel drive car having a normally aspirated engine since the series began in 2007. Fensport boss, Adrian Smith posted the quickest time of 54.55 seconds around the 0.75-mile Lincolnshire course, six hundredths of a second quicker than the second placed, heavily modified Celica GT-Four ST205 of Iain Gard. Third place went to Autocar’s Steve Sutcliffe who co-drove the GT86 with Smith.
The GT86 used a standard 2.0-litre “boxer” engine as well as unmodified six-speed gearbox. The only adjustments made to the road car specification were the suspension, wheels as well as track tyres. To save weight the Inner surface was stripped out as well as fitted having a racing seat.
The GT86 was lined up against a range of standard as well as modified Toyotas, as well as its winning time demonstrates the rewards drivers can enjoy through the vehicle’s essential qualities of light weight, agility as well as strong grip – elements in which Toyota made priorities in its development programme.
A great deal of preparation took place very quickly by Smith as well as his team at Fensport to prepare for the event as the GT86 only went on sale in which month inside UK.
Smith said: “Driving the GT86 for initially on track was an absolute joy, the vehicle has responded so well to our modifications as well as has proved to be a very capable as well as extremely well handling package. I am truly looking forward to further development of the vehicle as well as wish to repeat our initial success.”
With further development planned for the vehicle, Smith hopes to maintain in which winning streak at Croft on 16 September as well as Snetterton on 20 October. The Toyota Sprint Series is actually open to all Toyota vehicles, through standard road-going designs to highly modified cars, each competing in their own class against the clock on a series of timed runs. For more details visit www.toyotasprint.com.
in which win celebrates the start of GT86 participation in motorsport with Toyota (GB) entering a car in in which year’s Britcar 24 hour race at Silverstone through the 21 to the 23 September. The GT86 is actually available to buy right now through Toyota Centres as well as is actually priced through £24,995 on the road.
Find out more about the GT86 racer at: http://www.facebook.com/Fensport & look forward to our road test of the GT86 in www.roadmagazine.co.uk Toyota as well as Lexus special in which Autumn.