February 27, 2017

TOYOTA 86 RACING SERIES SETS BROWN ON TRACK FOR RACING CAREER

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Will Brown celebrates winning the inaugural Toyota 86 Racing Series Championship.
The Toyota 86 Racing Series (T86RS) is proving its potential as a breeding ground for motorsport talent with reigning champion Will Brown moving up to the Supercars development series in 2017.

 Brown's talent as a rising star of Australian motorsport was recognised while winning seven of the scheduled 15 races in last year's debut season of the T86RS.

 The Toowoomba teenager's success, including podiums at each of the T86RS five rounds, was achieved in strong fields that included invited professional drivers such as Steve Johnston, Tony Longhurst, Glenn Seton and reigning Bathurst champ Jonathan Webb.

 Brown, 18, credits the Toyota one-make series for giving him the opportunity and exposure to advance his circuit-racing career with the ultimate aim of racing in the Supercars championship.

 He said he is excited about making his debut in the Super2 feeder series at this weekend's Clipsal 500 in Adelaide.

 "The Toyota 86 Racing Series is a one-of-a-kind category that helps you step up to a professional drive and has great exposure," Brown said.

 "With such a large grid, the talent scouts really notice who is up front and the pro-drivers in the field boosts awareness of the class of driver in the 86 series," he said.

 Toyota Australia's executive director sales and marketing Tony Cramb congratulated Brown on the move, which also follows his success in formula categories last year and a class-winning performance at this year's Bathurst 12 Hour.

 "Will's progress clearly demonstrates that the Toyota 86 Racing Series is an affordable category that provides the perfect platform for competitors to develop their skills and gain exposure for advancing up the motorsport ladder," Mr Cramb said.

 Brown's father Shane said the T86RS was instrumental in Will securing his Super2 opportunity.

 "When the Toyota series raced at Bathurst and Will was doing well, I started getting phone calls," he said. "It's professional, credible and it's on the world stage. If you do a good job, you will get recognised." 

 The five-round 2017 Toyota 86 Racing Series begins with the Phillip Island SuperSprint from April 21 to 23. 

The Toyota 86 Racing Series
 The Toyota 86 Racing Series is designed to provide an entry point and training ground for up-and-coming drivers, offering a confirmed prize pool of $125,000.

 Open to variants of Toyota's cult-classic sports car, the series is part of the support program at selected rounds of the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship.

 In 2017 the Toyota 86 Racing Series will run over five events: Phillip Island SuperSprint (April 21-23), Townsville 400 (July 7-9), Sydney SuperSprint (August 18-20), Bathurst 1000 (October 5-8) and Newcastle 500 (November 24-26). 

 For regular updates and more information go to toyota.com.au/86/racing-series.

 Toyota motorsport: In 2017, Toyota marks the 60th anniversary of its first international motorsport entry (and the first by a Japanese car manufacturer), when it contested the 1957 Round Australia Trial. This is why many people consider Australia to be the birthplace of Toyota motorsport. Today, Toyota contests the FIA-sanctioned World Rally Championship (WRC), World Endurance Championship (WEC) which features the famed 24 Hours of Le Mans, and the gruelling Dakar Rally. Closer to home, the Toyota 86 Racing Series seeks to develop the talent of tomorrow as Australia's premier grassroots circuit-racing category.