Toyota GT86Last year Toyota Motorsport in conjunction with Tin Top Tuesday ran a competition to take a picture of Frank Wrathall’s BTCC Toyota Avensis. I was lucky enough to be chosen as the winner in the ‘amateur’ category. My prize was the use of a Toyota GT86 for a week. After a little negotiation over available dates the car was finally delivered to the office. On handing over the keys the delivery driver explained where he had parked the car, although spotting the shiny pillar-box-red coupé amongst a sea of battleship grey company VWs really didn’t need much assistance. It was barely gone 9am and I was already thinking about the drive home – 5:30 has never seemed so far away.

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It’s mid-January, which for me means working through my diary and marking the motorsport dates. It also usually means buying an MSV season pass. There are a number of options available but for me its the 4-wheel pass, which allows access to all car racing event at all 4 MSV owned circuits – Brands Hatch, Snetterton, Oulton Park and Cadwell. Except this year for the first time since 2005 I probably won’t bother.

When MSV first stared to sell season passes the cost was around £130. Now I’m not exactly on the doorstep of any circuit (Brands is the closest and that’s an hour’s drive) but to me it was a no-brainer. A ticket to a BTCC round was £20-25 and I was certain to go to all four of those – two at Brands and one each at Oulton and Snetterton – which meant I only needed to a couple of smaller event and the pass would easily pay for itself.

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