After having announced its commitment to the French FFSA GT Championship and the European GT4 Championship with Toyota, the CMR team unveiled high-level lineups to make the latest Japanese manufacturer’s debut in competition.
The arrival of Toyota, the world’s second-largest car manufacturer, in GT4 demonstrates the brands' interest in the category. Team CMR was among the first teams to bet on the GT4, with commitments starting in 2016. Subsequently, the team made a major contribution to the development of the Alpine A110 GT4, and remains the most successful team ever with this car. In parallel with the commitment of two Alpine to the French FFSA GT championship, CMR received the confidence of Toyota to start the Supra GR GT4 in competition.
With a real desire to perform from the start of the season, the Alésienne team will be able to count on homogenous teams, combining youth and experience. Thus, in France, the Toyota Supra #66 will be entrusted to the young César Gazeau, vice world champion of karting (RMCIT) and Wilfried Cazalbon, CMR driver for a few years. The lineup of the Toyota #30 will be unveiled later.
Now on the European side, CMR has brought together first-class crews. We will find a duo composed of Antoine Potty, 17 years old young driver, and Timothé Buret, triple participant in the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The other car will be entrusted to the 2019 Alpine Elf Europa Cup champion Gael Castelli, and to the 2019 French FFSA GT vice-champion Stéphane Lémeret.
César Gazeau : “I look forward to the start of the season. The transition from karting to the automobile is always an important moment in a driver’s life!
This is a great opportunity and opportunity to ride in a team like CMR supported by an iconic motorsport manufacturer like Toyota. So I am very motivated and ready to work on the many challenges that await us for this first year of driving. I can’t wait to ride this new Supra GT4 and learn alongside the best drivers in France. Plus, being the youngest driver on the field this year adds an extra challenge, I love it!”
Timothé Buret : “I am very happy to join CMR in the GT4 European Series at the wheel of the Toyota GR Supra GT4. I already know this team and their past good results confirmed my desire to ride alongside them. On the occasion of two days of fruitful tests at the Paul Ricard, last weekend, I was able to work with the whole staff and get to know my young teammate Antoine Potty with whom the contact was very well passed. It is a pleasure to be able to give him my experience and I am sure that we will have the opportunity to show together some great performances on track from the first race at Imola in July. It is a real challenge for me this season to accumulate this program on European circuits with, in parallel, my GT World Challenge Europe commitment in endurance with the Lexus RC F GT3. I look forward to the season!”
Stéphane Lémeret : "I am so happy to start this new adventure with CMR after a memorable 2019 season. We have a rematch to take because we came very close to the title of French champions last year. I hope that Toyota’s new weapon, the GR Supra GT4, will allow us to win races this year.Aiming for the title is obviously ambitious with a brand new car but given the quality of its realization, all hopes are allowed. The expertise of the team and my teammate also gives me confidence. Gaël has proven to be one of the best Silver drivers and I look forward to this European season with him. Finally, three of my favourite tours - Spa, Paul Ricard and Misano - are on the calendar, which I’m excited about. Let’s get the season started!”
Charly Bourachot, team manager of the Aleesian team, is delighted by this trust from the world’s largest manufacturer: “We are very proud to be the first to roll out these new GT4 cars in competition. Toyota is a manufacturer that has achieved many successes and knows how to design awesome racing cars. CMR will bring its experience of the race, with drivers in the philosophy of the team: youth, experience and passion.»