Last year we were able to catch up with Andrew Turpie and Grant Phillips in the early days of the Toyota 86 in the Australian Manufacturers Championship. When they were back at Queensland Raceway we were able to catch up with them again to see how the program has developed.
It was a successful weekend for the team as they won Class D the bizarre ‘Fight in the Night‘ – the 200km race held at night. The race was interrupted by a red flag period after the race organisers lost the order of the cars during multiple safety car periods.
The second race saw them finish second in class but a post-race penalty for a pitlane infringement saw them drop to third in class.
The car has gone through a lot of development over the past 12 months and it is a much more sorted car now than it once was. We go through some of these changes in our interview.
There is one round left in the Australian Manufacturers Championship, to be held at Wakefield Park in October, Turpie and Phillips sit in second in Class D behind the Honda of Kevin Herbern. They took out the Class title last year.
There was a large turnout of cars from the Toyota 86 and Subaru BRZ club, which was great to see. We also thought that one of these would be great for Jack Monkhouse as he tries to get back in the Australian Rally Championship…
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By Sam Tickell, August 2014
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