Toyota Australia has announced that its grassroots Toyota 86 Racing Series will be backed by a $125,000 prize pool for the 2016 season.
Starting in May, the series will also include rounds at Sydney Motorsport Park in August, Sandown in September, Bathurst in October, and Sydney Olympic Park in November.
The series will provide a $50,000 prize to the series winner, as well as a $20,000 international VIP experience, which is yet to be fully disclosed.
Second place is $30,000 while third place will win $15,000. An additional driver that finishes outside of the top three be nominated as a ‘rising star’ and will be awarded an entry into a round of New Zealand’s Toyota Finance 86 Championship.
Entry into the Toyota 86 Racing Series is just $1500, making the series one of the most affordable in the country.
"An entry fee of just $1500 per round is easily the lowest amount for any mainstream national series, which reflects our desire to ensure the Toyota 86 Racing Series is affordable for anyone with the passion and talent to compete.” Toyota Australia executive director of sales and marketing, Tony Cramb said.
"The Toyota 86 Racing Series is the most cost-effective road to competing in Australia's premier motorsport weekend at Bathurst in October."
The series also offers great potential aside from the promised prize money, with V8 Supercars’ large audience exposing up and coming drivers to a wider audience of potential sponsors.
As a Pro-Am racing series (professional and amateur) each starting grid can accommodate up to 32 cars, including five piloted by professional drivers.
Professional drivers, and guests of Toyota won’t be in the running for series points or prize money, but will play an important role in assisting the development of amateur racers.
All cars will be required to meet a control specification covering engine ECU, tyres, exhaust, brakes, suspension, roll cage, and aero kit.
Neal Bates Motorsport has helped develop the control specifications to be safe and reliable, whilst also keeping cost down, exposing the series to the widest possible range of competitors.
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