If you want to make a small pile of money, take a big pile and start racing cars. You'd be surprised how quickly dollars disappear into mist! Despite that, there are people whose sole ambition is to make it onto the big stage of motor racing – and it's not always about the money.

One-make racing has come and gone over the years in Australia, with brands like Nissan, Ford, Alfa Romeo, MG, Lotus and even Triumph hosting nationally run racing series with a fleet of ostensibly identical cars.

The latest brand to take on the daunting task of servicing a squadron of race car drivers is Toyota, which spent two years planning its 86 Racing series before its debut in 2016.

Now in its second year, the series sets out to provide a pathway for passionate racers to step up to greater things – all while not spending drug-runner money to do it.