TOY­OTA GT86 SE­RIES PLANNED

Pho­tos: Jakob Ebrey, Chris Valen­tine, RWC Pho­tog­ra­phy

Motor Sport News - - Racing News - Kart cham­pion’s move, p29

A new one-make se­ries for the Toy­ota GT86 is be­ing launched this sea­son.

The se­ries will run along­side the 750 Mo­tor Club’s Road­sports and Club En­duro cat­e­gories in 2016, but a stand­alone grid is planned in the next cou­ple of years.

Pa­trick Mortell, who also co­or­di­nates the club’s Toy­ota MR2 Cham­pi­onship said: “The idea is to have some­thing sim­i­lar to the MR2 Cham­pi­onship where it’s about the driv­ers rather than who can tune the cars best.

“This year we are call­ing it the GT86 Prologue Se­ries run­ning it along­side the 750MC Road­sports and Club En­duro. It won’t run as a class, we will give out an award for the high­est-placed GT86.

“The plan, de­pend­ing on how long it takes to get the num­bers up, is to have its own stand­alone grid in two years. We may ini­tially al­low MR2 cars at the back. The price of the cars is be­com­ing more af­ford­able, which is great and I am con­fi­dent this will be a suc­cess. It’s got sup­port from the 750 Mo­tor Club – it think it’s a great idea but cost is go­ing to be key. We’ve had lots of in­ter­est so far.”

Mortell’s Rogue Mo­tor­sport out­fit has bought two of the cars and has pre­pared parts for them. He es­ti­mates it will cost £2700 plus VAT to upgrade a road car to a ba­sic race ver­sion.

The team will en­ter the cars in the Sil­ver­stone 24 Hours next month. Mal­colm Ede­son, Al­ric Kit­son, JM Littman, Clive Bai­lye, Chris Valen­tine, Mer­rill Read­ett, Mortell and one more driver will race them.

“The 24 Hour race is to get the cars out and prove them,” added Mortell. “If they can do a 24-hour race flat-out they can def­i­nitely do a 20-minute sprint race flat-out. The cars are road le­gal so we plan to drive them to and from the event.”

Tan­ner: “The hel­met is taken back to its base coat and then we add a black colour to un­der­line ev­ery­thing. We ap­ply tape to the hel­met and then we can start work on the de­sign – we will map it out layer by layer and this can be a very in­tri­cate part of the process. The length of this process de­pends on the in­tri­cacy of the de­sign and this is where the time is usu­ally taken up.”

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