This year will see amateur racers compete in a championship with a level playing field in Australia, highlighting true driving ability.

All driving a Toyota 86, the race is on for a slice of the $125,000 prize pool, with first prize of $50,000 cash plus a $20,000 international VIP experience. Second prize is $30,000 and third place is $15,000, so it’s all to play for. A ‘rising star’ will be plucked from the track by a panel of experts to win an expenses-paid entry into a race in New Zealand.

The five-round series will see races in May, August, September and November, with a maximum of 32 cars allowed to compete in each race. But five of these individuals could be professional and former racers, increasing the calibre of those competing, along with the atmosphere and tempo of the races.

‘The Toyota 86 Racing Series is a great way for young amateur drivers to advance their careers, competing against and learning from professional drivers – all under the gaze of motorsport decision-makers and team owners,’ said Tony Cramb, Toyota Australia’s Executive Director of Sales and Marketing.

And with an entry fee of just $1,500, the series is affordable, offering all those with the talent and passion to compete the opportunity to do so – and it’ll make the races more attractive and entertaining, with drivers at different levels of experience all sharing the same goal.

The front-engine, rear-drive 86 boasts superb handling and impressive speed; but for race conditions at the Toyota 86 Racing Series, strictly-controlled racing kit has been developed by Toyota stalwart to keep the cars in an equal position at the starting grid – then it’s down to the drivers.

To get in on the action and test drive the GT86 yourself, contact Lancaster Toyota and get behind the wheel of a pure-bred racing car.

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