2011 Toyota Racing Series

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2011 Toyota Racing Series
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The 2011 Toyota Racing Series was the seventh running of the Toyota Racing Series. The Toyota Racing Series is New Zealand's premier open-wheeler motorsport category.

Defending champion Mitch Evans of Giles Motorsport retained both his International Trophy and main series titles, joining Daniel Gaunt as the only drivers to have won the Series on more than one occasion, after enjoying a successful championship campaign. Evans took seven race victories – including becoming the youngest-ever winner of the New Zealand Grand Prix – and fourteen podium finishes out of a possible fifteen races. Evans clinched both championship titles at Manfield after his closest rival at the time, Scott Pye elected not to attend the final meeting of the season at Taupo due to testing commitments in Europe. Pye fell to fourth in the championship standings after strong weekends for Nick Cassidy and Jamie McNee allowed them to overhaul Pye's points tally.

Cassidy, another Giles Motorsport driver, finished as top rookie after taking the round victory at Taupo which included his first two race wins in the Series, and he also took five further podium finishes as he finished 168 points behind Evans. McNee, in his second season in the championship, took his first race victories, winning at Timaru and Hampton Downs as well as a second place at Taupo to finish 47 points clear of Pye. Russian driver Daniil Kvyat finished the best of the five European drivers in the series, finishing in fifth place for Victory Motor Racing with a solitary victory at Manfeild. Two other drivers won races during the season, Russia's Ivan Lukashevich, like fellow countryman Kvyat won at Manfeild, and Britain's Alex Lynn won at Teretonga.

Teams and drivers[edit]

Team # Driver Rounds
Giles Motorsport 1 New Zealand Mitch Evans[1] All
7 New Zealand Nick Cassidy[1] All
13 Australia Nick Foster[1] All
36 United Kingdom Alex Lynn[1] 1–4
M2 Competition 2 New Zealand Earl Bamber[2] 4
4 Japan Kotaro Sakurai[1] 1–4
5 Russia Ivan Lukashevich[1] 1–4
11 New Zealand Earl Bamber[3] 3
New Zealand Ken Smith[1] 4
22 Australia Jordan Skinner[1] All
ETEC Motorsport 8 New Zealand Jamie McNee[1] All
19 Australia Scott Pye[1] 1–4
New Zealand Jono Lester[4] 5
20 United Kingdom Josh Hill[1] 1–4
48 Germany Mario Farnbacher[1] 1–4
Dart International 17 New Zealand Alastair Wootten[1] All
Victory Motor Racing 29 Russia Daniil Kvyat[1] 1–4
87 New Zealand Damon Leitch[1] All

Calendar[edit]

The first four rounds were part of the International Trophy.[5]

Round Date Circuit/Location
1 Race 1 15 January New Zealand Teretonga Park, Invercargill
Race 2 16 January
Race 3
2 Race 1 22 January New Zealand Timaru International Motor Raceway, Timaru
Race 2 23 January
Race 3
3 Race 1 5 February New Zealand Hampton Downs Motorsport Park, Waikato
Race 2 6 February
Race 3
4 Race 1 12 February New Zealand Manfeild Autocourse, Feilding
Race 2 13 February
Race 3
5 Race 1 12 March New Zealand Taupo Motorsport Park, Taupo
Race 2 13 March
Race 3

Results[edit]

Round Circuit Pole Position Winning Driver Winning Team Round Winning Driver Round Winning Team
1 Race 1 New Zealand Teretonga Park, Invercargill New Zealand Mitch Evans Australia Scott Pye ETEC Motorsport New Zealand Mitch Evans Giles Motorsport
Race 2 New Zealand Nick Cassidy New Zealand Mitch Evans Giles Motorsport
Race 3 United Kingdom Alex Lynn Giles Motorsport
2 Race 1 New Zealand Timaru International Motor Raceway, Timaru New Zealand Mitch Evans New Zealand Mitch Evans Giles Motorsport New Zealand Mitch Evans Giles Motorsport
Race 2 New Zealand Mitch Evans New Zealand Mitch Evans Giles Motorsport
Race 3 New Zealand Jamie McNee ETEC Motorsport
3 Race 1 New Zealand Hampton Downs Motorsport Park, Waikato Australia Nick Foster New Zealand Mitch Evans Giles Motorsport New Zealand Mitch Evans Giles Motorsport
Race 2 New Zealand Jamie McNee ETEC Motorsport
Race 3 Australia Nick Foster New Zealand Mitch Evans Giles Motorsport
4 Race 1 New Zealand Manfeild Autocourse, Feilding Russia Daniil Kvyat Russia Daniil Kvyat Victory Motor Racing New Zealand Mitch Evans Giles Motorsport
Race 2 Russia Ivan Lukashevich M2 Competition
Race 3 New Zealand Mitch Evans New Zealand Mitch Evans Giles Motorsport
5 Race 1 New Zealand Taupo Motorsport Park, Taupo New Zealand Mitch Evans New Zealand Nick Cassidy Giles Motorsport New Zealand Nick Cassidy Giles Motorsport
Race 2 New Zealand Mitch Evans New Zealand Mitch Evans Giles Motorsport
Race 3 New Zealand Nick Cassidy Giles Motorsport

Championship standings[edit]

Scoring system[edit]

Position 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th 10th 11th 12th 13th 14th 15th 16th 17th 18th 19th 20th 21st 22nd 23rd 24th 25th 26th 27th 28th 29th 30th
Points 75 67 60 54 49 45 42 39 36 33 30 28 26 24 22 20 18 16 14 12 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1

Drivers' Championship[edit]

Pos Driver TER TIM HMP MAN TAU Points
1 New Zealand Mitch Evans 67 75 60 75 75 60 75 67 75 67 67 75 Ret 75 60 973
2 New Zealand Nick Cassidy R 36 67 39 49 67 54 60 60 60 30 45 39 75 49 75 805
3 New Zealand Jamie McNee 45 33 30 28 45 75 49 75 45 26 42 28 45 67 42 675
4 Australia Scott Pye 75 54 49 60 54 42 30 36 54 60 54 60 628
5 Russia Daniil Kvyat R 60 Ret 45 26 42 49 67 42 67 75 60 67 600
6 New Zealand Alastair Wootten 30 42 42 39 36 45 39 33 42 42 22 Ret 60 45 67 584
7 Russia Ivan Lukashevich 39 39 36 45 49 67 33 28 33 45 75 42 531
8 New Zealand Damon Leitch R Ret 60 54 30 39 Ret 45 49 24 39 39 Ret 54 39 45 517
9 United Kingdom Alex Lynn 54 45 75 67 60 33 54 54 Ret 36 36 Ret 514
10 Australia Nick Foster R 49 36 Ret 42 33 Ret Ret 26 26 49 24 49 67 60 49 510
11 Australia Jordan Skinner R 33 Ret 28 36 30 36 28 Ret 30 33 Ret 33 42 42 39 410
12 Germany Mario Farnbacher R Ret 49 67 54 Ret Ret 26 30 39 54 33 45 397
13 United Kingdom Josh Hill R Ret 28 33 Ret 26 39 36 39 36 28 49 54 368
14 Japan Kotaro Sakurai R 42 30 26 33 28 Ret 24 24 28 24 30 36 325
15 New Zealand Earl Bamber 42 45 49 Ret 28 Ret 164
16 New Zealand Jono Lester 49 54 54 157
17 New Zealand Ken Smith 22 26 30 78
Pos Driver TER TIM HMP MAN TAU Points
Colour Result
Gold Winner
Silver 2nd place
Bronze 3rd place
Green Finished, in points
Blue Finished, no points
Not classified (NC)
Purple Did not finish (Ret)
Red Did not qualify (DNQ)
Did not pre-qualify (DNPQ)
Black Disqualified (DSQ)
White Did not start (DNS)
Withdrew (WD)
Race cancelled (C)
Blank Did not participate
Excluded (EX)

Bold – Pole
R - Rookie

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o "2011 Toyota Racing Series Competitor List" (PDF). toyotaracing.co.nz. Toyota Racing Management. 21 December 2010. Retrieved 21 December 2010. 
  2. ^ Martinez, Peter (11 February 2011). "Earl Bamber rusty for NZ Grand Prix defence". Stuff (Fairfax Media). Retrieved 12 February 2011. 
  3. ^ "Bamber late entry for Toyota series". The New Zealand Herald (APN News & Media). New Zealand Press Association. 4 February 2011. Retrieved 4 February 2011. 
  4. ^ "Lester to make Toyota Racing Series debut at Taupo". toyotaracing.co.nz (Toyota Racing Management). 11 March 2011. Retrieved 11 March 2011. 
  5. ^ "Toyota Racing Series - 2011". toyotaracing.co.nz. 17 February 2011. Retrieved 17 February 2011. 

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