Speedworks Motorsport has revealed that it will enter a brand-new Toyota GR Supra GT4 in the 2020 British GT Championship, having been selected by Toyota Motorsport GmbH as a priority customer, with Sam Smelt and James Kell named as drivers.
The Toyota GR Supra GT4 is based on the GR Supra, Toyota Gazoo Racing’s first-ever global road-going model, released in 2019, and has been developed and produced by TMG for Toyota Gazoo Racing.
For the car’s competitive debut, TMG has turned to Speedworks, champions in British GT’s GT4 class in 2010, and a regular Toyota team in the British Touring Car Championship. Indeed, the Cheshire squad boasts a wealth of sportscar racing experience and success having similarly fielded cars and picked up trophies in recent years in the ACO-endorsed LMP3 Cup Championship and international 24H Series.
The team’s relationship with Toyota expands with this GT4 programme in British GT. The team will run one of the first six Toyota GR Supra GT4s that will be seen on track. The team tested the car at former Spanish Grand Prix venue Jarama in December and subsequently waxed lyrical about its potential and prowess.
“We’re delighted to have been entrusted with running the new Toyota GR Supra GT4 in the British GT Championship this season. Having been lucky enough to see the development and subsequent performance of the car up close myself in Spain, I can vouch for the fact that it is a tremendously impressive piece of kit – superbly built with plenty of grunt – and this programme will dovetail really nicely with our BTCC commitments,” Christian Dick, team principal, Speedworks Motorsport, said.
“In Sam and James, we have a young, dynamic silver/silver line-up, which offers us a fantastic opportunity to work with two talented up-and-coming drivers and to assist in the development of their careers. They are both clearly fast learners, and we are confident that they will benefit greatly from the combined knowledge and expertise at their disposal between ourselves and TMG.
“Our main aim this year is to prove the Toyota GR Supra GT4’s potential in the hugely competitive GT4 arena. The project has come together quite late so we are remaining realistic about our expectations to begin with, but with the technical and engineering support of TMG, I’m sure we will soon have a solid understanding of the car and be on the pace very quickly.”
The pair will team up for the first time in the Oulton Park curtain-raiser over Easter weekend, in April.
Last December DSC visited TMG in Cologne to learn more about the Toyota Supra programme. To read DSC’s piece on the Supra GT4, click HERE >>>