Toyota Racing Series

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This article is about the open-wheel series in New Zealand. For the stock car series in Mexico, see NASCAR Toyota Series.
Toyota Racing Series
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Toyota Racing Series
Country New Zealand
Inaugural season 2005
Drivers 24 (2014)
Teams 5 (2014)
Constructors Tatuus
Engine suppliers Toyota
Drivers' champion Singapore Andrew Tang
Official website www.toyotaracing.co.nz
Motorsport current event.svg Current season

The Toyota Racing Series is New Zealand's premier "open-wheeler" motorsport category. The Series includes races for every major trophy in New Zealand circuit racing including the New Zealand Motor Cup and the Denny Hulme Memorial Trophy. The cars are also the category for the New Zealand Grand Prix – one of only two races in the world with FIA approval to use the Grand Prix nomenclature outside Formula One.

Summary[edit]

Toyota Racing Management
Founded 2004
Headquarters Mount Wellington, Auckland, New Zealand
Area served New Zealand
Key people Barrie Thomlinson
Louise Thomlinson

The Toyota Racing Series is an incubator and showcase for the next generations of New Zealand racing talent, the Series offers emerging drivers the chance to gain valuable experience with carbon-fibre composite chassis, aerodynamics and slick tyres.

The Series has the full endorsement of Motorsport New Zealand, the sport's governing body. The series is managed by Toyota Racing Management a company under the leadership of Barrie Thomlinson.

Previously, the country's leading drivers had to go offshore to step up to this level. High profile graduates from the series to date includes Brendon Hartley, now signed to race Formula Three for the respected Carlin Motorsport team in the UK and Earl Bamber.[1]

For 2008, the series has also gone "green". Fuels for all cars racing in the series are now an E85 biofuel blend of 85 per cent ethanol made from whey, a dairy industry by-product; and petrol. Reduced emissions, reduced carbon "footprint" and reduced use of fossil fuels are all being showcased in this unique New Zealand programme. The 2008 New Zealand Grand Prix thus becomes the first ever biofuel grand prix in the world.

Because of the Series' format during the Southern Hemisphere summer, drivers overseas are now participating in the season. Drivers from Europe and the Americas are participating in the 2014 season.

Circuits[edit]

The current championship consists of five rounds, each comprising three races. For 2014 the circuits are:

Previously used circuits include:

Car[edit]

Toyota Racing Series Car Engine

The Toyota Racing Series run a Toyota Tatuus TT104ZZ with modified versions of 1.8L Toyota four cylinder 2ZZ-GE production engines which can produce 200BHP, a six speed Sadev sequential transmission with limited slip differential with a carbon fibre body and a Carbon monocoque chassis built by Tatuus in Italy to full FIA F3 specification.[2] The cars use Michelin S308 tyres (Front 20x54x13, Rear 24x57x13) and weigh approximately 480 kg.

Points system[edit]

Each championship round consists of three races, one on Saturday afternoon, one on Sunday morning and the final on Sunday afternoon.

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

Champions[edit]

Source:[3]

Season Champion
2005 New Zealand Brent Collins
2005–06 New Zealand Daniel Gaunt
2006–07 New Zealand Daniel Gaunt
2007–08 New Zealand Andy Knight
2008–09 New Zealand Mitch Cunningham
2010 New Zealand Mitch Evans
2011 New Zealand Mitch Evans
2012 New Zealand Nick Cassidy
2013 New Zealand Nick Cassidy
2014 Singapore Andrew Tang

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