Toyota’s trio of independent BTCC racers endured a roller-coaster ride of mixed fortune at Brands Hatch today, accidents and mechanical mishaps marring what had promised to be a promising start to their Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship campaigns.
Toyota has underlined its commitment to supporting grassroots British motor sport with further backing for the forthcoming season for both the MR2 Championship and the Toyota Sprint Series. It is the second consecutive year that the massively popular club-level championships have enjoyed Toyota’s title sponsorship.
Anthony Davidson, one of the world’s most accomplished endurance racing drivers, has been recruited to drive an additional Toyota TS030 Hybrid at this year’s Le Mans 24 Hours (16-17 June). Davidson is named by Toyota Racing in its finalised 2012 driver line-up, alongside Japanese GT star Hiroaki Ishiura and Swiss Formula 1 pilot Sébastien Buemi.
These three join Alex Wurz, Nicolas Lapierre and Kazuki Nakajima, who will drive for Toyota in the FIA World Endurance Championship from the Six Hours of Spa-Francorchamps (5 May) onwards.
Toyota Racing has expanded its plans for the 2012 season and entered the FIA World Endurance Championship.
The team had originally planned only to take part in selected races – fewer than required to be considered a full-time entrant – but revised its programme after unexpected changes faced by the championship. This means the Toyota TS030 Hybrid will make its racing debut at the Six Hours of Spa Francorchamps on 5 May.
This is the racy new look of the Toyota Avensis in which BTCC rookie Adam Morgan will make his debut in the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship this season. Adam’s new car is being built in the Stockport workshops of Speedworks Motorsport ready for March testing, and this artist’s impression of its livery has been released as an appetite-whetter.
A four-man team of Toyota enthusiasts is planning to mount a giant-killing assault on the UK’s toughest race, the Britcar 24 Hours, using a supercharged Toyota MR2 Roadster. Not only are they hoping for top honours in their class, but also have their sights set on a top-20 overall finish in the 1/2 October Silverstone enduro.