Commercial vehicle heavyweight Hino Motor Sales Australia has signed a multi-year partnership as the Official Truck Provider of the much-anticipated Toyota 86 Racing Series.
The announcement comes as interest in the new development series continues to build, with just three months to go, in the countdown to the first round at the V8 Supercars Winton SuperSprint on May 21-23.
The first tangible evidence of the global truck, bus and coach specialist’s connection to the series comes in the form of a Hino 700 Series SS 2848 ProShift 16 high roof air prime-mover that will be used to help transport category support equipment and selected cars to race rounds.
No stranger to motor sports, this year Hino took out a record seventh successive class victory in the punishing Dakar Rally. Hino Team Sugawara’s win in the Under 10-liter truck category marked 25 years since Hino became the first Japanese truck manufacturer to enter the rally in 1991.
Hino Motor Sales Australia National Marketing Manager Sarah Rosales said Hino’s involvement with the Toyota 86 Racing Series aligns perfectly with the brand’s on-going competition program.
“Hino is an avid supporter of Australian motor sports and the accompanying developments arising from it. We are proud to have this series in our backyard,” she added.
At the same time, Toyota Genuine Motor Oil (TGMO), one of Australia’s largest and most successful genuine oil programs, has confirmed its support of the Toyota 86 Racing Series in 2016.
These new connections come on the back of Dunlop’s late 2015 appointment as control tire supplier for the series.
The Toyota 86 Racing Series is designed to provide an entry point and training ground for up-and-coming drivers, offering a confirmed prize pool of $125,000.
Open to all manual variants of Toyota’s cult-classic sports car, the series is part of the support program at selected rounds of the Australian V8 Supercars championship.
In 2016 the Toyota 86 Racing Series will run over five events: May 21-23 (Winton SuperSprint); August 27-29 (Sydney Motorsport Park SuperSprint); September 17-19 (Sandown 500); October 7-10 (Bathurst 1000); and November 26-28 (Sydney 500).