BTCC squad Speedworks eyeing Toyota GT outings in 2020

Matt James
Autosport
BTCC team Speedworks eyeing Toyota GT outings
BTCC team Speedworks eyeing Toyota GT outings

British Touring Car Championship team Speedworks Motorsport is eyeing a move into the British GT4 series next season with the new Toyota Supra.

Speedworks runs the factory-supported Team Toyota GB Corolla in the BTCC and it claimed four wins in Tom Ingram's hands in 2019.

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Ingram and team boss Christian Dick went to Jarama in Spain earlier this month to test the GT4 car and learn more about it.

Dick said that the squad was assessing its options ahead of the 2020 season.

"The car is such a nice bit of kit, and I was able to quiz all the engineers and get a really good look around it," he said.

"It would be great to introduce the Toyota to the British GT Championship and it would fit really nicely with the BTCC programme.

"It is certainly something we are a long way down the road to introducing."

BTCC team Speedworks eyeing Toyota GT outings
BTCC team Speedworks eyeing Toyota GT outings

Speedworks has previously run a Ginetta and a Chevrolet in the British GT Championship in 2010 and 2013.

Ingram said he was impressed with the six-cylinder, three-litre machine despite greasy conditions during his extended run at the former grand prix circuit.

"It might as well have been Snetterton given the conditions we had," he said. "But the car was great.

"It had plenty of grunt in it, and it is pushing out around 430bhp.

"It has yet to have any balance of performance introduced, so it was very pokey and the build quality of the car was simply superb. It was a really great car to drive."

Speedworks is unlikely to obtain a full-season entry for the over prescribed British GT4 class in 2020, but could still enter on a race-by-race basis.

GT4 machines based on cars from Aston Martin, Audi, BMW, Ford, Jaguar, KTM, McLaren and Porsche competed in the class last year.

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