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Toyota Supra GT4 to Make Race Debut This Weekend

Toyota GR Supra GT4 to make global race debut in four-hour NLS race on Saturday…

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The new Toyota GR Supra GT4 will make its race debut in this weekend’s four-hour Nürburgring Langstrecken Serie season-opener.

German team Ring Racing will field a single Supra in the SP10 category for Michael Tischner and Nürburgring Driving Academy chief instructor Andreas Gülden.

Toyota launched the GR Supra GT4 last July while a gradual customer rollout was confirmed in October, starting out with a small run of deliveries in Europe.

The coronavirus pandemic briefly held up the movement of some of the first cars from the manufacturer’s TGR-Europe facility in Cologne, but the easing of some restrictions over the last couple of weeks has enabled the first string of deliveries to take place.

This included UK-based Speedworks Motorsport receiving its car and French squad CMR taking in and testing its two models which are bound for a GT4 Europe campaign.

Ring Racing, which sampled the GR Supra GT4 during an NLS pre-season test in March, is no stranger to Toyota machinery having run a Lexus RC F and a Toyota GT86 in recent editions of the Nürburgring 24.

“We are very pleased that the season can finally start under the specified conditions,” said team boss Uwe Kleen, who is driving an SP8-class Lexus RC F this weekend.

“A big thank you to the VLN, who set everything in motion so that racing on the Nürburgring Nordschleife is possible again.

“Racing in the first race for a new car is always a big challenge. But we are well-positioned, and already gained valuable experience during the first test in March, and we have two experienced pilots alternate with Michael Tischner and Andreas Gülden.

“The main goal will be to get through without problems and learn more about the car.”

An entry list for the NLS season-opener is expected to be published later today.

Daniel Lloyd is a UK-based reporter for Sportscar365, covering the FIA World Endurance Championship, GT World Challenge Europe powered by AWS and the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, among other series.

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