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Jacob Andrews will make his Toyota 86 Racing Series debut for CXC Global Racing in Townsville next weekend

Jacob Andrews will make his Toyota 86 Racing Series debut for CXC Global Racing in Townsville next weekend

NSW State Level racer Jacob Andrews will make the step up the national competition with CXC Global Racing at next weekends Toyota 86 Racing Series round in Townsville.

The 20-year-old Andrews has been a front running competitor in a variety classes in NSW including Formula Vee and Production Touring Cars.

The Toyota 86 Series start for Andrews extends his relationship with CXC Global Racing, having started with the team in 2014 driving one of their Formula Vee Stinger chassis. Earlier in the year, he was also part of the teams driver line up for the Bathurst 6 Hour.

“I’m really excited to be racing in a high-profile national category, at new track,” Andrews said.

“The thing I’m most looking forward to is the atmosphere, and racing in front of a strong crowd.

Andrews jumped behind the wheel of the Toyota 86 race car for the first time at test session at Sydney Motorsport Park yesterday afternoon.

“The 86 is very different to the other cars I’ve raced; it’s rear-wheel-drive and doesn’t have a huge amount of power, so it’s important to maintain momentum.”

Team owner Dylan Thomas said Andrews’ long-standing relationship with the team made him a natural choice for the Townsville drive.

“Jacob has been with us for a long time – he started off in our Formula Vee program, and then continued his development in Production Touring where he showed a lot of pace,” Thomas said.

“He has shown a pleasing ability to adapt to different types of cars, as demonstrated in yesterday’s test when he punched out a respectable time during his very first session in the 86.

“Townsville will be a new experience for him – the first time he’s raced on a street circuit – and hopefully the two of us can run competitively over the course of the weekend.”

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