TED TOLEMAN RETURNS TO RACING Ted Toleman, former Chairman of the Toleman Group and driving force behind the Toleman F1 team which boasted a young Ayrton Senna in its lineup in 1984, is set to make a return to racing running a BMW 318i in...
TED TOLEMAN RETURNS TO RACING
Ted Toleman, former Chairman of the Toleman Group and driving force behind the Toleman F1 team which boasted a young Ayrton Senna in its lineup in 1984, is set to make a return to racing running a BMW 318i in the South African Touring Car Championship.
Toleman, who has been living in the Eastern Transvaal town of Hazyview since his retirement, turned his hand to successfully running a banana farm which soon expanded into a major local attraction called Nabana Park that includes both a restaurant and nursery.
For the 1995 season which starts at Kyalami on January 28, Toleman and team manager Terry Bengis will be running the ex-Marco dos Santos BMW with former Toyota Group N driver Steve Wyndham at the wheel. Bengis is a former Formula Ford driver who cut his teeth with Ian Scheckter in the 1970s before moving to England where he first met Toleman.
The deal arranged with BMW South Africa includes the car, one unraced 1994 specification chassis and a supply of spare parts.
"BMW will build the engines for us and have given us the assurance our engine will be an exact match of the works engines," said Bengis. "In addition we have an engine of our own which we intend to develop with the help of Roger Taylor who did some preliminary work while his son, Anthony, was driving the Motorplan car.
"We will also be using an X-Trac sequential gearbox and by the third race of the season in Port Elizabeth we aim to have the most updated BMW on the circuits. Already we have had contact with BMW in Germany and have received a consierable amount of help from them."
The car will be prepared by Eddie Pinto in Cape Town - also the home of their driver. Pinto also makes his return to active race participation after after a hiatus of several years. Pinto was best known for his preparation of the various Gunston formula cars from the heyday of South African F1 racing with John Love, Sam Tingle and Dave Charlton through to the advent of Formula Atlantic in the 1980s.
Other changes in South African Touring Car scene since the end of last season include the move by Anthony Taylor from the Motorplan BMW to Toyota where he will partner Mike White in the ex-Serge Damseaux Toyota Camry.
It appears his place in the Motorplan car will be taken by German works Group N driver Sabine Schmidt.
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