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Toyota's GR Junior Academy helps fuel dreams

Toyota now has a school that makes racing dreams a reality.

Jordan Schmidt
November 8, 2023
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Toyota's GR Junior Academy helps fuel dreams



Growing up, many of us dreamed of one day making a living as racing drivers. Unfortunately, there wasn't much support to help hopefuls on their journey to the podium. Now, Toyota has created a space for talented young racers to develop their abilities, equipping them with the necessary skills and knowledge.

Toyota has made a massive move over the past few years to improve its performance model. We saw the introduction of Gazoo Racing, which gave us brilliant cars like the GR Yaris, Corolla, and Supra. In the motorsport world, the GR brand has also been dominating. Winning endurance championships left, right, and centre while also dominating off the road.

The local GR team is also heavily involved in local motorsports, competing in GTC, rallying, and Rally Raid. Gazoo Racing also has several dedicated series for cars, like the GR Yaris Cup and Media Cup. To fuel the future of their motorsport dominance, Leeroy Poulter, a South African Cross Country Racing champion with experience in the Dakar, came up with a plan to get young talent in the driver's seat with a powerhouse of a brand behind them.

TGRSA is big on supporting hopefuls entering and succeeding in the motorsport world, and the academy is at the forefront of this passion. The academy works with Kart Zone at Zwartkops Raceway to create a training ground for the drivers to practice and hone their skills.

Toyota has announced that there will soon be an interactive portal to sign your young ones up with the academy. Due to the specialised nature of the academy, your kid will be assessed and only then accepted based on merit. The GR Junior Academy is a fantastic development platform for motorsport in South Africa, and it will help to expand and diversify the sport at the youth level. Since opening its academy in 2022, this is just the beginning of their commitment to the next generation of motorsport stars.

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