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VERSCHOOR WINS TOYOTA SERIES OPENER

Dutch teenager Richard Verschoor won the first race of the Castrol Toyota Racing Series at Ruapuna yesterday, leading from start to finish. Fastest qualifier, Robert Shwartzman from Russia had to be content with second after stuttering away from the start. “That was the main issue,” the 18 year old admitted afterwards. “I don’t think he…

Smith Eyeing More Podiums in BNT V8s

Australian driver Jack Smith could be set to become a contender as round three of the BNT V8’s gets underway at Ruapuna this weekend. With tricky and wet conditions conditions greeting competitors and Smith on his debut at round one at Pukekohe, the 2017 Kumho V8 Touring Car Champion came to grips with his new…

FIRST TIME DRIVERS RACING INTO THE UNKNOWN

First time drivers in the Castrol Toyota Racing Series at the Ruapuna track near Christchurch could end up relying more than usual on their engineers and mechanics when qualifying and the first race is held on Saturday morning. The nine series debutants have spent the last three days practicing in wet conditions, but the weekend…

ARMSTRONG, VERSCHOOR FAVOURITES FOR TOYOTA RACING SERIES

Six champions from a host of different junior categories around the world and eight drivers under the age of 18 years will line up in the Castrol Toyota Racing Series, which starts at Ruapuna Park, Christchurch this weekend. Home town hero Marcus Armstrong, who is still just 17 years-old and finished fourth overall on debut…

COCKERTON IS LATE CASTROL TRS ADDITION

A last minute deal means Taylor Cockerton, the 2017 Formula Masters Champion, will contest the 2018 Castrol Toyota Racing Series. Until last Wednesday, Cockerton (20) had been unable to find full financial backing for the championship and was not expected to race. To stay close to the action, he had organised a role as a…

Christchurch Rookie Looking to Capitalise at Home Track

When round three of the BNT V8s gets underway at Ruapuna next week (January 13-14), local driver Justin Ashwell will be looking to get himself further up the grid by the end of the weekend. Sitting fourth in class two points and the highest placed of the rookie drivers the 38-year old is pleased with…

AMERICAN CAMERON DAS FOR TOYOYA RACING SERIES

A trip to his local indoor kart track near Baltimore in early 2014 has led American Cameron Das to the Castrol Toyota Racing Series, which starts at The Mike Pero Motorsport Park, Christchurch, on January 12-14. Das showed some promise and won some local kart events that year. In 2015 he dipped his toe in…

Vodanovich takes the fast way forward

Peter Vodanovich joins the 2017-2018 Toyota 86 Championship with a mission. The young Aucklander is a late comer to motor racing, and has taken a thoroughly modern approach to his new found passion. Prior to stepping into a Toyota MR2 to race in the popular 2K Cup, Vodanovich’s first taste of motorsport was online –…

Last chance to redeem your free ticket!

Hey folks! Today is officially the last day for Palmerston North City Council and Manawatu District Council rate payers to claim their Free Weekend Ticket to the 63rd New Zealand Grand Prix at Manfeild Circuit Chris Amon over the weekend of 9-11 February 2018. Thousands have done this already, so don’t miss out – it’s…