Toyota GT86 Finishes 8th in Britcar 24 Hour Race

The single Toyota GT86 entered in the Britcar 24 Hour race marathon at Silverstone Circuit on Saturday and Sunday finished 8th overall.

The car that has suddenly become everyone's favourite sports coupe also proved its endurance. 

Driven by father and son Chris and Stefan Hodgetts, evo journalist Richard Meaden and Travis drummer Neil Primrose, the near standard GT86 ran faultlessly throughout its 512 laps and 1,874 miles around the Silverstone Grand Prix circuit. 

“It is a fantastic result,” said Gary Blackham, whose team GPRM prepared the car for the event. “We had hoped to finish in the top 10 and are absolutely delighted with eighth overall. Given the difference in power between our car and the other more modified racing cars in the division, third in class is a great result also.

“The GT86 ran faultlessly throughout. I think all we we had to do was to add about half a litre of oil during the whole race. All the pit stops went smoothly, the technicians worked very well together and the drivers were fantastic. They did everything they needed to and everything that was asked of them.”

Each of the drivers took two three-hour shifts at the wheel. Stefan Hodgetts started the race and set the Toyota’s fastest lap towards the end of his first stint, and his 61-year-old father took the chequered flag. Said Chris: “We drove the wheels off it for 24 hours. We literally ragged the poor little car throughout, and as you would expect from a Toyota it responded with fantastic reliability.”

Added Meaden: “The car is mega through the corners. Considering the short space of time the team had to do the preparation, this result is testimony to them and to the performance of the car. Eighth place overall is a fantastic achievement.”

Thirty-three cars took the start of the Britcar 24 Hours, and the class for modified production cars featured 14 entries, of which 12 made it to the chequered flag.

The Britcar Toyota GT86 was powered by the standard 16-valve double overhead cam horizontally opposed ‘boxer’ engine of the road-going model, delivering 197bhp. GPRM now plans to develop a more powerful version for customers looking to buy track Toyotas of their own.

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