The wraps have officially come off Toyota Gazoo Racing UK's BTCC contender, following the footsteps of Gazoo's WEC and WRC cars.
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- BTCC | COROLLA UNCOVERED: TOYOTA GAZOO RACING UK BTCC CHALLENGER REVEALED
- STRIKING MOTUL LIVERY FOR NEW TOYOTA GAZOO BTCC COROLLA
- BTCC confirmed entries so far
All the guys and girls have made me feel extremely welcome from the outset, and everybody is so focussed on the objective of fighting for the championship, pushing hard in every single area to ensure we really maximise our performance. While Sam Smelt is up for the fight on his return to the championship and is looking forward to getting started with testing coming up to get fully used to the Corolla. I must also pay tribute to Motul and [official UK importer and distributor] Witham Motorsport for their ongoing support in stepping up to the role of Primary Partner this season.
We are quietly confident of taking another step forward with the Corolla this year, and once the action gets underway, we look forward to seeing the Toyota Gazoo Racing colours where they belong — right at the front of the pack. See acast. March 22, Photo - Simon Jessop. Driven by Diversity. The lack of representation of minority groups in motorsport is no secret - and we're here to do something about it. Your email address will not be published. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.
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BTCC | COROLLA UNCOVERED: TOYOTA GAZOO RACING UK BTCC CHALLENGER REVEALED
We made regular improvements to the Corolla and took a step forward in every session, and we learnt a lot along the way. Brands GP is a real all-round challenge and a notoriously demanding track, with a little bit of everything from slow corners to mid-speed sections and fast turns. That means you need a car that will handle those extremes and can ride the bumps and use the kerbs when required, which is a very difficult balance to strike but the Corolla proved to be competitive in every respect.
STRIKING MOTUL LIVERY FOR NEW TOYOTA GAZOO BTCC COROLLA
He had a car underneath him that he could properly race with and he took full advantage of that, getting his elbows out when necessary and pulling off some brilliant overtaking moves — I thought races one and two were both really feisty drives, much like at Donington Park. We could perhaps have pushed for the win in race two, but not without what we felt — at this stage of the season — would have been unreasonable risk. Second place was a great result, and with so many people struggling with tyre temperature and engine temperature in the heat, we chose to safely bag the points and move on to the next one.
Everything gelled extremely well, and the Corolla got better and better each time we took to the track. Once I managed to clear Hill, I quickly closed the gap to Jackson ahead. The Corolla was working brilliantly, but we simply lost too much time in the first half of the race, which was a little frustrating. I knew I needed to get past Jackson quickly after the experience of being held up in race one and my move was forceful but fair, without putting either of us at risk. It was just a shame that the safety car blunted our charge early on and possibly cost us a shot at victory, as we had to contend with Dan as well as Colin after the re-start.
Once Dan disappeared, I backed off to look after the car and make sure I brought it home.
Motul , the world-class engine lubricant company, and its UK distributor Witham Motorsport , are set to sponsor Toyota Gazoo Racing UK for the 7th season running as they prepare to embark on the British Touring Car Championship season. Like how they add value to the team. After a winter of development and testing, Tom and team will be headed for their most successful season to date and after finishing on the top step of the podium an impressive 4 times in there is without a doubt more silverware to come!
The Championship annually attracts over twenty one million viewers on TV and tens of thousands of spectators at each race. The official season launch date is yet to be announced but will take just as soon as it is appropriate and safe to do so. In greasy conditions in race one the following day and in front of the live ITV4 television cameras, Ingram immediately leapt up to 11th over the course of an assertive first lap and continued his charge as the heavens opened once more. The track was still damp ahead of race two, but with a dry line beginning to emerge, Ingram — sitting all the way down in 23rd on the grid — opted to bolt on slicks while the majority of the field plumped for wet-weather rubber.
Inevitably struggling early on, he enjoyed a spirited duel with former Ginetta rival Jake Hill — the pair easily the class of the six slick-shod runners and swapping places on numerous occasions — en route to 21st at the chequered flag as the circuit finally dried out slightly too late. That left the year-old with it all to do again in race three — the only fully dry contest all weekend.
Into the top ten within just four laps behind the wheel of the 80 Toyota Corolla, he soon found himself sandwiched between title duellists Dan Cammish and Colin Turkington and having to manage a delicate balancing-act. Eventually clearing Cammish on lap 12, he went on to shadow champion-elect Turkington to the end, evincing scintillating raw pace on his way to an excellent seventh-place finish.
We knew from very early on that we were in trouble.
BTCC confirmed entries so far
That was a really strong performance. The Corolla felt great in what were pretty sketchy conditions when the rain began to fall, but I love the challenge that presents and was really confident and fired-up. To have that opportunity taken away from us through no fault of our own was extremely disappointing.
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