Toyota Corolla back in the race


The all-new Toyota Corolla, which will be built by Bondholder Toyota Manfacturing UK, is to contest the 2019 Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship.

The vehicle has been entered by Team Toyota GB with Speedworks Motorsport and driven by two-time BTCC Independent Champion Tom Ingram.

Built at Toyota’s Burnaston factory in Derbyshire, the new Corolla Hatchback will take to the track at the same time as the road-going model arrives in British showrooms next spring.

The car’s debut in the UK’s premier racing series brings the world’s best-selling car nameplate – more than 45 million worldwide sales to date – and Team Toyota GB back to the BTCC, a competition in which both have a great heritage.

The Corolla campaign is being masterminded by Speedworks Motorsport, a team with a reputation as the BTCC’s leading giant-killers. Ingram posted nine victories and regular front-running performances in the Toyota Avensis, securing both the Independent Team and Driver trophies in 2017 and 2018.

The first race date for the new Corolla will be the opening round of the 2019 season at Brands Hatch on 6-7 April.

Christian Dick, Team Toyota GB with Speedworks Motorsport Team Principal, said: “We have been establishing an ever-closer relationship with Toyota GB for the past few years, nurturing that bond through our common passion for motorsport, engineering excellence and, ultimately, success. Our new relationship with them will enable us to take that final step and really push for the overall BTCC title. 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.”

Andrew Cullis, Toyota GB Marketing Director, said: “Bringing the Corolla name and Team Toyota GB back to the British Touring Car Championship in 2019 is a great way of helping us launch this important, all-new British-built car. Speedworks Motorsport and Tom Ingram have a winning track record and we look forward to working with them throughout the coming season.”