Around the world, the GT4 racing version of Toyota’s GR Supra has notched up more than 25 wins and 50 podium places since it first took to the track in June 2020.
The success of customer teams across Europe, North America and Japan reinforces the mission of Toyota Gazoo Racing to support grass-roots competition and fire enthusiasm for its road-going GR models – GR Supra, the rally-bred GR Yaris and the upcoming GR86 coupe.
In the UK, Toyota Gazoo Racing UK claimed its fourth podium result in the British GT Championship’s GT4 Pro-Am class with second place in a rain-soaked race at Oulton Park earlier in September. The result was delivered by the new driver pairing of John Ferguson and Jamie Caroline, following up a fourth place finish in the first race of the meeting. Caroline, the reigning British GT4 Champion, also set the fastest race lap in the GR Supra’s category. The team is now looking to build on this success in the final championship rounds at Donington Park in October.
Further north, Toyota Gazoo Racing Sweden is in title contention in the GR Supra GT4’s first season in the national championship, with Hans Holmlund and Emil Skarås leading the drivers’ championship. Last weekend they scored their third win of the season and now head into this weekend’s deciding meeting with a six-point lead.
Across the Atlantic, Texas-based Smooge Racing is close to taking the Pirelli GT4 America Am class. With six wins to their credit so far in 2021, John Geesbreght and Kevin Conway could lift the title at this weekend’ penultimate championship round at Sebring.
GR Supra GT4 customer teams also compete in the North American IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge and here Toyota Gazoo Racing Latin America have shone with five top 10 finishes in eight races so far this season.
In the Far East, CSI Racing’s GR Supra GT4 finished the five-hour Super Taikyu series race at Suzuka (19 September) in second place in the highly competitive ST-Z class, having set the pole position time in qualifying. Future GPX Cyber Formula Racing with RFC also shone by setting the fastest race lap and finishing fourth in class, while Hayashi Telempu Shade Racing drove to sixth on the famous grand prix circuit. Rookie Racing, meanwhile, competed in the ST-Q class and scored its fifth consecutive class win with the GR Supra GT4.
In the DTM Trophy, Toyota Gazoo Racing Germany scored its second and third podium finishes at the Nürburgring and Assen respectively. Between those trophy rounds, the GR Supra GT4 made its first appearance in Austria at the Red Bull Ring where driver Nico Verdonck scored more points; after 10 of the championship’s 14 races, he is fourth in the drivers’ standings.
In the GT4 European Series races at the Nürburgring, SVC Motorsport Group celebrated its best result of the season so far with the GR Supra GT4. Antoni Chodzen and Patrick Zamparini finished second in the Am class in both races.
Classic and Modern Racing (CMR) fly the GR Supra GT4 flag in the French FFSA GT4 Championship. Most recently, at the Circuit de Lédenon, Antoine Potty and Erwan Bastard showed a strong performance, the duo finishing third and second in the Silver Cup. After their fourth and fifth podiums of the season, they can still move up to second in the championship at the final round of the series.
The Toyota GT86 coupe also continues to shine on-track, with a one-two-three class-finish in a six-hour NLS race at the Nürburgring Nordschleife and a clean sweep of pole position, fastest lap and race win in Sweden’s CS Cup.
All the Toyota Gazoo Racing customer teams participating in European events with the GR Supra and GT86 GT cars qualify for the Toyota Gazoo Racing Trophy. This awards prize money for podium finishes in their respective race classes.