The 2019 season is upon us and we have been busy sorting out the sponsorship deals for this year. With the amazing news that Speedworks are finally to join the series’ Manufacturer ranks in 2019 after gaining factory backing from Toyota GB and rebranding as Team Toyota GB with Speedworks Motorsport, and the exciting news that our very own CEO, Peter Bassill, returns to circuit racing in both the Ginetta GT4 Supercup series and the Britcar Endurance series, we are excited to see them both team launch title assaults on different fronts.
Having developed a reputation as the BTCC’s biggest giant-killer in the previous seasons, the consecutive Independent Team and Driver Trophies in 2017 and 2018, Tom Ingram, came within just 12 points of clinching the outright Drivers’ laurels in 2018. Speedworks have now upped the game level in Britain’s premier motorsport series by officially joining forces with the UK arm of Toyota.
The 2019 BTCC season will begin at Brands Hatch (Indy) on 6/7 April, meaning Team Toyota GB with Speedworks Motorsport’s new contender will take to the track at the same time as the latest-generation road-going model arrives in British showrooms. The campaign will conclude on the legendary Kent circuit’s Grand Prix layout six months later.
Christian Dick, Team Principal, Team Toyota GB with Speedworks Motorsport, said: “We have been speaking to Toyota GB on-and-off for the past couple of years, establishing an ever-closer relationship and nurturing that bond through our common passion for motorsport, engineering excellence and, ultimately, success. To now have them officially on-board is fantastic news, and will enable us to take that final step to really push for the overall BTCC title. The intention is to develop the new Corolla in 2019 before building up to a two-car assault in 2020. We feel we have proved what we are capable of on the Independent scene and we are well aware that the BTCC Manufacturers’ battle is another level higher again, but as a team, we are ready to pitch ourselves against the very best in Britain and – with Toyota GB’s backing – we are confident of doing just that.”
Alongside our sponsorship of Speedworks, we continue to support for Premiership Academy Racing. Bringing a grass roots feel back to the Ginetta Juniors paddocks and encouraging the next generation of racing drivers in the highly competitive junior series from Ginetta.