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Toyota Racing Series celebrates 15 years at Speedshow

New Zealand’s premier motor racing championship, the Castrol Toyota Racing Series will celebrate the start of its 15th anniversary season at the CRC Speedshow at the Greenlane Showgrounds on 21 and 22 July. Designed as a class to provide a stepping stone between junior single seater classes and international categories like Formula 3 and 2,…

RECORD FIELD LOOMING FOR TOYOTA 86 CHAMPIONSHIP

A record field, featuring the cream of the country’s young up and coming motor racing talent is expected to contest this summer’s Toyota 86 Championship. “We’ve never had so many potential drivers three and a half months before the first round,” said Geoff Short, the category manager. When registrations officially open, he expects 17 drivers…

More drivers on 2019 Castrol Toyota Racing Series radar

Asian, British and European based drivers are being sought for next summer’s Castrol Toyota Racing Series, which starts at Highlands Motorsport Park, Cromwell from January, 10-13. In a mirror image of next January and February’s races, Series Manager Nicolas Caillol, is visiting five different race meetings in five weekends to recruit drivers in the junior…

Feilding teen wins NZ Elite Motorsport Academy camp week

Feilding’s Callum Crawley (17) has topped the points-table at the Elite Motorsport Academy’s intensive training camp at Dunedin. Second in a close-fought assessment was Peter Vodanovich, also 17, of Auckland, with 15-year-old Billy Frazer, of Pukekohe, third. Crawley, Vodanovich and Frazer are part of a group of eight young race drivers participating in this year’s…

SPEED WORKS CONFIRMS 2018-2019 CALENDAR

MotorSport New Zealand Championship promoter Speed Works Events has today announced the full 2018-2019 calendar for the country’s top categories, with a new venue to kick off the Toyota Racing Series and the cementing of summer season dates for the next four years. Calendar dates have been fixed for the eight events next season and…

VOLUNTEERS – A CRITICAL INGREDIENT

Motorsport is one of many sports in New Zealand that would not function without volunteers and that’s why MotorSport New Zealand (MSNZ) is marking National Volunteer Week 2018, which concludes 23 June. MSNZ, the governing body for four-wheeled motor sports in New Zealand, has a small team of eight paid employees and contractors based in…

TRS ON THE HUNT FOR US TALENT

More North American based drivers are being sought for next summer’s Castrol Toyota Racing Series. Series Manager Nicolas Caillol is about to head to race meetings at Road America and Mid-Ohio tracks on consecutive weekends to encourage drivers in the junior single seater classes – USF2000, Pro Mazda and Formula 4 – to consider racing…

Australian drivers targeted for 2019 Castrol Toyota Racing Series

Australian single seater drivers have been targeted to compete in next summer’s Castrol Toyota Racing Series. Series Managers, Sarah Brown and Nicolas Caillol, attended the latest round of the Australian Formula 4 Championship at Phillip Island near Melbourne held over Queens Birthday weekend. “There are a number of talented young drivers across the Tasman,” said…

Toyota alumni to the fore at Motorsport New Zealand awards

Le Mans 24 Hour race winners Earl Bamber (Wanganui) and Brendon Hartley (Palmerston North), were among the Toyota motor racing alumni who received awards at the annual Motorsport New Zealand prizegiving in Wellington last weekend. The pair both competed in the Toyota Racing Series, with Bamber finishing runner-up in 2008 and 2010 while Hartley was…

BALDWIN SECURES ELITE MOTORSPORT ACADEMY WIN

East Auckland race driver Jordan Baldwin has topped the points-table of the 2017 New Zealand Elite Motorsport Academy to win the Ian Snellgrove trophy. The prestigious trophy, awarded in memory of long-time MotorSport New Zealand general manager and Academy programme trustee Ian Snellgrove, was presented to Baldwin during the MotorSport NZ annual awards dinner in…