Toyota 86 race series confirmed for 2016

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One-make series for Toyota's low-cost sports car will be 'accessible' for amateurs and pros alike. Toyota plans to introduce a one-make race series for the 86 sports car from 2016.

The series was announced during the Festival of 86 event, which was held over the weekend and attended by Tetsuya Tada, the sports car's global chief engineer (pictured here with fans at the event).

"We just made an announcement at the Festival of 86 because Tada-san was going to be there," explained Mike Breen, Toyota Australia's public relations manager.

"We thought we'd use that opportunity to at least announce there would be [a one-make series] in 2016. But we're not quite at the stage yet where we can give any more detail."

Breen did confirm that the series would be open both to drivers who race for a living and those in it just for the fun factor.

"It will be a Pro-Am... so we're looking at having professional drivers as well as amateurs, and we want to try and make it accessible to as many people as possible."

While the 86 has drawn fire from some quarters for lacking real punch in a straight line, the very nature of the car's specification is likely to make for close racing. Breen told that competition cars will remain very close to production specification.

"The modifications to cars will be minimal... to maintain the reliability and durability of the cars under racing conditions."

According to the Toyota spokesman, the company will reveal further details in the first quarter of next year.

Written by Ken Gratton
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