In 2016, Cars Galore driver Will Brown will be competing in the newly announced Toyota 86 Series.
The series will run for three years. Up to 5 selected professional drivers nominated by Toyota will mentor and compete against a potential field of 27 amateur drivers who will qualify to get onto the starting grid. The nominated drivers will not be eligible for prize money.
Races will share billing in selected rounds with the V8 Supercars and have been sanctioned by CAMS. Like similar one–make series races, the Toyota 86 Racing Series will demand competitors adhere to a strict car setup, ensuring that driver talent, rather than team budget, will be key to winning.
The 86 race cars will be based on the GT and GTS manual with key specifications controlled to ensure their suitability and reliability while keeping costs as low as possible.
A prize pool of $125,000 will give up-and-coming competitors a solid career boost. The first place prize includes $50,000 cash plus a $20,000 international VIP experience.
Guest Pro drivers Steven Johnson, Glenn Seton and Leanne Tander are joined in the packed field by a wide array of competitors from across the country.
Among them is Glenn’s son 17-year-old Aaron, who was the first driver announced for the new class following his success in Class B of the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge last season.
Others with Australian titles already to their name that have joined the Toyota grid include Cameron Hill (Formula Ford), Adam Gowans (Aussie Racing Cars), Gary Holt (Performance Cars) and Josh Hunter (V8 Touring Cars).