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For the first time since the early ’ 90s, there will be a man­u­fac­turer-backed Toyota en­try in the Bri­tish Tour­ing Car Cham­pi­onship ( BTCC). Reign­ing two-time In­de­pen­dents cham­pion Speed­works Mo­tor­sport is set to join the se­ries’ Man­u­fac­tur­ers ranks in 2019 with back­ing from Toyota Great Bri­tain, and will re­brand as ‘Team Toyota GB with Speed­works Mo­tor­sport’. The tar­get for both is an all-out ti­tle as­sault, mak­ing use of an ex­ten­sively re­worked ver­sion of the lat­est Corolla.

The hum­ble Corolla has a proud his­tory in the se­ries, with Chris Hod­getts most notably claim­ing back-to-back cham­pi­onship ti­tles in an AE86 in 1986 and 1987, and Team Toyota GB re­mained a front-run­ning force in the se­ries through to the pop­u­lar 1990s Super Tour­ing era.

Speed­works Mo­tor­sport driver Tom In­gram has driven Toyota’s Aven­sis since 2014 and has

nine race wins and con­sec­u­tive In­de­pen­dents Teams’ and Driv­ers’ tro­phies (2017 and 2018) to his name — com­ing within just 12 points of claim­ing Driv­ers’ Cham­pi­onship brag­ging rights this year.

The 2019 BTCC sea­son will be­gin at Brands Hatch (Indy Cir­cuit) on 6–7 April 2019.

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