Amid a vibrant and fiery summer music festival season, motorsport returns to New Zealand with the Castrol Toyota Formula Regional Oceania Championship, fanned out over five weekends at five venues! The 67th New Zealand Grand Prix will commence at the Highlands Motorsport Park in Cromwell on January 13, 2023. Here are a few things you should know about the upcoming single-seater championship in Aotearoa!
The Castrol Toyota Racing Series is New Zealand’s premier racing series. This competitive racing competition, now in its 18th season, brings together the best young drivers in the country. The drivers will tackle 3,500 kilometers of testing, training, qualifying, and racing, on five of New Zealand’s best and most demanding race circuits. In December 2022, the series was rebranded to become a fully FIA-certified Formula Regional Championship.
The current edition of the FT-60, the third car in the series, will carry on using the Tatuus chassis and will be powered by the same 270-horsepower Toyota engines. Motorsports teams M2 Competition, Kiwi Motorsport, and Giles Motorsport will compete in the championship this season. The competition will be held at Highlands Motorsport Park (Round 1), Teretonga Park Raceway (Round 2), Manfeild: Circuit Chris Amon (Round 3), Hampton Downs International Motorsport Park (Round 4), and Taupo International Motorsport Park (Round 5).
Drivers at Formula Regional Oceania Championship :
M2 Competition: Liam Seats (NZ), David Morales (USA), Ryder Quinn (AUS), Callum Hedge (NZ)
Kiwi Motor Sport: Lucas Fecury (BRA), James Penrose (USA), Josh Mason (UK), Tom McLennan (AUS)
Giles Motorsport: Breanna Morris (NZ), Chloe Chambers (USA), Ryan Shehan (USA)
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Toyota Gazoo Racing New Zealand Manager, Nicolas Caillol, issued a statement saying, “The new status of the Castrol Toyota Formula Regional Oceania Championship brings more clarity on where the category stands in the pathway to F1 created by the FIA. Thanks to significant investment from Toyota over the years and the way the championship has evolved this will be the cheapest and most competitive option available at this level for drivers and junior teams.”
Speaking about the series, M2 Competition driver Callum Hedge shared a post on Instagram. He wrote, “Excited to join the TRS grid for 2023 with M2 Competition. It’s been on my radar for a few years, but with the restrictions, it’s been tricky, so keen to have a dip in the Aussie off-season, and give it my all.”
Get your tickets to the 2023 Formula Regional Oceania Championship on The Ticket Fairy:
Highlands Motorsport Park (Round one – January 13-15, 2023), purchase your tickets HERE
Teretonga Park Raceway (Round two – January 20-22, 2023), purchase your tickets HERE
Manfeild – Circuit Chris Amon (Round three – January 27-29, 2023), purchase your tickets HERE
Hampton Downs International Motorsport Park (Round four – February 3-5, 2023), purchase your tickets HERE