Rising rally star Teemu Suninen will try his hand at circuit racing this weekend when he enters the second round of the VLN championship at the wheel of a new GT86 CS-Cup race car.
The Finnish driver, who is currently fifth in the WRC2 category after winning his class on Rally Mexico, is part of the TOYOTA Motorsport GmbH (TMG) junior driver development programme and has been given the chance to experience the Nordschleife by the Cologne-based company.
Teemu, 22, will drive the CS-Cup prototype alongside Arne Hofmeister, winner of last season’s TMG GT86 Cup in a CS-V3 car.
Teemu Suninen: “I am really excited to be racing on the Nürburgring Nordschleife. It will be my first time racing on this track in real life, although I have done plenty of laps in video games! VLN is a great series, with so many cars on the grid, so it should be a really special experience. Thanks to TMG for arranging this and for trusting me with the new CS-Cup car. It certainly looks great so I can’t wait to see what it can do.”
TMG has developed the CS-Cup car based on its successful CS-V3 race car, which has won its class in the Nürburgring 24 Hours for the past four seasons. The CS-Cup is lighter and faster than its predecessor and moves up to the SP3 category.
The new car benefits from increased power, with the two-litre boxer engine now producing 212hp with 205Nm of torque, and a flat-foot shifting system which allows a driver to change gear without lifting off the throttle while a modified sixth gear will improve top speed.
Using developments from the GT86 CS-R3 rally car, around 75kg has been removed from the car thanks to items such as a lightweight motorsport battery and Lexan side windows. The car’s already-impressive handling has been enhanced with a new aerodynamic kit, including an imposing rear wing.