New look for GT86 Cup ahead of 2017 season

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Toyota Motorsport GmbH (TMG) has announced several changes to its VLN-based GT86 Cup for 2017. This season will see the series feature a new-look car, updated regulations, attractive prizes and a reduced registration fee as it enters its fifth season, on 25 March 2017.

From the beginning, 2017 participants will benefit from a better-value package with a reduced entry fee of just €1,000 (US$1,054) for entries received before 30 January 2017, rising to €1,800 (US$1,898) after. In terms of financial reward for competitors, TMG has allocated over €50,000 (US$52,737) of prizes for final championship positions, including €20,000 (US$21,094) for the winning team and €12,000 (US$12,656) for the runner-up. The third-place team receives €8,000 (US$8,437) while fourth place earns €5,000 (US$5,273).

Updated regulations have generated more flexibility, with final standings based on points scored in eight of the nine races, according to the team’s retrospective nomination. Two points for pole position also promises to make qualifying more exciting than ever. A new partnership with BRM Chronographes delivers additional incentive. BRM craftsmen will create a bespoke, high-value timepiece celebrating TMG’s motorsport activities, with the Cup-winning team owner and drivers each receiving one.

Another new addition to the Cup landscape is the Nürburgring 24 Hours on 27-28 May. Although not a points-scoring race, TMG will offer special incentives and prizes to encourage Cup participants to enter one of the world’s classic endurance races.

Practical on-track support will also be improved in 2017, with an efficient spare parts supply and prompt technical support offered as standard at all nine races, plus the Nürburgring 24 Hours. Official tire partner Pirelli will offer a similar service, delivering first-class support and expertise to help competitors maximise their CS-Cup car no matter what the conditions.

All new CS-Cup cars will be aligned with the updated external appearance of the GT86 road car, while existing participants will be given the technical support to also upgrade their vehicles. The CS-Cup car is available for €45,900+VAT (US$48,412) to participants who sign up to the GT86 Cup and can be financed on favourable terms via TOYOTA Kreditbank for Germany-based entrants.

“I am excited by the GT86 Cup for 2017,” stated Nico Ehlert, principal engineer, Customer Motorsport. “We have really enhanced the package for new and existing participants, and already we see a significant increase in interest. We will have new teams in 2017 and we are working hard to secure further new entries. I cannot wait to see how the full grid takes shape and also to watch the competition between our new and existing teams. I am sure it will be great season, filled with action and tension as always. I would like to thank our existing teams for their loyalty whilst welcoming our new participants and partners for 2017. I firmly believe it will be a successful and memorable season in the GT86 Cup.”

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John joined UKi Media & Events in 2012 and has worked across a range of B2B titles within the company's automotive portfolio. Prior to joining the company, John worked for leading automotive design website, Car Design News. Currently editor of Engine Technology International, Professional MotorSport World, Professional MotorSport Circuit, and Transmission Technology International, John co-ordinates the day-the-day operations of each magazine, from commissioning and writing to editing and signing-off, as well managing web and social media content. Aside from the magazines, John also serves as chairman of the annual Professional MotorSport World Awards.

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