Toyota Australia will launch its own one-make racing series for the hugely popular 86 coupe in 2016, mirroring a similar series run by Toyota in the US.
Announced at the weekend’s Festival of 86 event, the new championship will be launched as a ‘pro-am’ event that will see talented amateurs take on top-tier drivers here in Australia.
Details are still to come, although Toyota Australia marketing boss Tony Cramb confirmed on the weekend that the company hopes to welcome all drivers with a competition licence.
"The concept is a pro-am with amateur drivers from across Australia competing against selected professional drivers," Mr Cramb said.
As with similar one-make series run by other brands, the 86 championship will require competitors to adhere to a strict setup for their cars, focusing more on driver talent rather than team budget.
Toyota 86 development chief Tetsuya Tada, joining fans at the festival for the second year in a row, also confirmed hopes to tie the Australian series in with a wider global champions event.
Tada-san said that as the 86 one-make series formula grows around the world, there is potential to bring the champions of each region together for a huge shootout event.
Watch for more details to surface over the next year, in the lead-up to the series’ 2016 opening.