Toyota GAZOO Racing UK expand to double-car lineup

The Toyota GAZOO Racing UK outfit has expanded its line up to assert a fight in 2021 for the drivers’ and manufacturers’ championship.

The Speedworks team have acquired a second TOCA BTCC licence from another team to lineup two Toyota Corollas for the 2021 season.

Debuting in 2019, the transition from the Avensis saloon to the new Corolla hatchback brought success in its time.

With now former-Speedworks driver Tom Ingram at the wheel, they gained seven race wins, 15 podiums, two pole positions and five fastest laps in 2019 and 2020.

Team Principal Christian Dick said: “It’s a step we have been targeting for a while, and something we knew needed to happen if we were to have a real shot at winning the Manufacturers’ and Teams’ championships in a series as ultra-competitive as the BTCC.

The co-founder and team principal described the prospect as “tremendously motivating for everybody involved”.

The Speedworks Motorsport received backing from Toyota GB, which renamed the team under the established Toyota GAZOO Racing motorsport division name that resides globally.

This combines with Speedworks’ other pursuit in the British GT Championship with their single GR Supra GT4 entry.

He continued: “We had arguably the fastest car in the field towards the end of last season, and we are confident of unlocking even more pace from it between now and Brands Hatch.

“Speedworks has long proved to be amongst the best BTCC teams, but has been fighting with one hand tied behind its back,” commented Scott Brownlee, General Manager, Press Relations & Social Media for Toyota UK.

“The step-up to a full, two-car team will allow them to take the battle to the other Manufacturer teams with both hands.”

Ingram managed to pilot the Corolla to fifth place in the drivers’ standings as the car proved competitive against the likes of Motorbase’s Ford Focus ST, and other hatchbacks.

The 2021 season will present a realistic chance for Toyota to take the Manufacturers’ crown, and commences on April 3-4 at Brands Hatch.