Toyota confirms $100,000 prize fund for TR 86 Championship

Published 16 July 2016

The biggest prize purse in New Zealand’s premiere 2016-2017 motorsport series – a total of $100,000 – has been announced for the Toyota TR 86 Championship.

Confirming the prize fund at this weekend’s CRC Speedshow, Toyota New Zealand Motorsport Manager Steve Boyce said the runaway success of the single make sports coupe championship was proof that it is fulfilling its role: to help young drivers hone their racing skills and achieve their motor racing goals.

“The championship has been a tremendous proving ground for Kiwi race drivers and is going from strength to strength. With very strong local and overseas interest in the coming championship we are proud to extend our support with this new prize structure,” he said.

Toyota 86 Championship Category Manager Geoff Short says Toyota New Zealand has raised the stakes for aspiring race stars who are responding with enthusiasm as they plan their summer motor racing campaigns.

“The 2015-2016 championship really took off with a record entry and intense racing at each round. We are now building additional cars to meet demand which is coming from New Zealand and Australia, and we are expecting to easily fill the grid at every round this summer,” he said.

Mr Short said the championship is New Zealand’s leading single make series; its position recognised by confirmation of its place on the programme at V8 Supercars, which is the opening round of the TR 86 Championship.

He said there is now a strong market for the TR 86 race cars that are exclusively eligible for the series as drivers plan their season. Cars can be leased or owned outright. Six new cars are being built by Toyota Racing New Zealand at its Mt Wellington base.

“With the championship starting grid capped at 24 cars and a half dozen drivers already confirming their entries, people do need to be making their move now.”

 

TR 86 PRIZE POOL

  • Total prize pool $100,000
  • Championship winner to receive an international drive similar to this season’s Bathurst drive
  • Championship cash distribution down to 5th place
  • $5,000 cash per round prize money
  • Rookie class prize money allocated per round and for overall Championship
  • Masters prize money allocated per round and for overall Championship.


 

Toyota TR 86 Championship 2016 - 2017 race calendar

Round 1 04 – 06 Nov 2016 Pukekohe Park Raceway, Pukekohe (V8 Supercars) 
Round 2 09 – 11 Dec 2016 Taupo Motorsport Park, Taupo
Round 3 13 -15 Jan 2017 Mike Pero Motorsport Park, Ruapuna, Christchurch
Round 4 20 - 22 Jan 2017 Teretonga Park, Invercargill
Round 5 10 - 12 Feb 2017 Manfeild, Feilding (New Zealand Grand Prix weekend)
Round 6 10 – 12 Mar 2017 Hampton Downs

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Published 19 January 2018

International Motorsport's Connor Adam will look to rebuild his Championship points lead this weekend as the Toyota 86 Championship rolls into Teretonga for round four

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Published 14 January 2018

Halfway through the Toyota 86 Championship, the title could go to any one of a half dozen drivers.Auckland's Connor Adam came to Ruapuna with the Championship lead, and leaves it still leading - but the pack are closing in.

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Published 13 January 2018

Christchurch driver Jack Milligan has sprinted into the lead in the 2017-2018 Toyota 86 Championship with victory in today's race at Mike Pero Motorsport Park, Ruapuna, Christchurch.

Milligan dominated the race from the start and was able to dictate pace over the distance to the chequered flag, though behind him Michael Scott had forced his way through the field to a podium and International Motorsport's Connor Adam hung on to maintain his title hopes.

On his charge through the field, Scott tangled with Tom Alexander mid-corner, the latter spinning off into the infield before regaining the track. Scott also set fastest lap of the race, a 1:37.949 on lap 3.

Another local, Jaden Ransley, was quick in the opening laps and showed true racecraft to hang on as the podium battle swept over him. He finished fourth, two second clear of leading rookie Jordan Baldwin.

Tom Alexander dropped tothe rear of the field while rejoining the race and finished eighth. The former Cantabrian has been battling illness and had missed free practice during the week. 

New inductee Sam Wallace made a clean start to the championship, finishing behind Alexander and ahead of Sam Wright, the Championship's youngest competitor, in the Tony Richards Toyota car.

Toyota 86 Championship round four, race one

1 Jack Milligan

2 Michael Scott

3 Connor Adam

4 Jaden Ransley

5 Jordan Baldwin

6 Bramwell King

7 Peter Vodanovich

8 Tom Alexander

9 Sam Wallace

10 Sam Wright

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