2011 New Zealand Grand Prix
|Race 3, Round 4 of 5 of the 2011 Toyota Racing Series|
|Date||13 February 2011|
|Official name||LVI New Zealand Grand Prix|
|Location||Manfeild Autocourse, Feilding, New Zealand|
|Course||Permanent racing facility|
|Course length||3.033 km (1.885 mi)|
|Distance||35 laps, 106.16 km (65.96 mi)|
|Driver||Mitch Evans||Giles Motorsport|
|Time||1:04.509 on lap 31|
|Second||Victory Motor Racing|
The 2011 New Zealand Grand Prix event for open wheel racing cars was held at Manfeild Autocourse near Feilding on 13 February 2011. It was the fifty-sixth New Zealand Grand Prix and was open to Toyota Racing Series cars. The event was also the third race of the fourth round of the 2011 Toyota Racing Series.
Sixteen Tatuus-Toyota cars started the race which was won by 16-year-old New Zealander Mitch Evans who became the youngest ever winner of the New Zealand Grand Prix and who is believed to have become the youngest driver to win an international grand prix anywhere in the world. The Giles Motorsport driver won by three seconds from another 16-year-old competitor, Russian Daniil Kvyat, of Victory Motor Racing. Australian ETEC Motorsport driver Scott Pye was third.
Evans started from pole position alongside Nick Cassidy and won the drag race to the first corner. Evans, Cassidy, Kvyat and Pye quickly built a gap on the field.
On lap 16 Cassidy spun, bringing to an end to the direct threat to the lead held by Evans who controlled the second half of the race from the front to win from Kvyat and Pye. British driver and grandson of 1964 and 1965 NZ Grand Prix winner, Josh Hill finished fourth winning a battle for the position with Australian Nick Foster. German driver Mario Farnbacher was sixth also winning his position battle with Russian Ivan Lukashevich. Cassidy finished a disappointing eighth ahead of Kotaro Sakurai and Jordan Skinner. New Zealand open-wheel legend Ken Smith also completed full race distance. Jamie McNee was the only other driver to be classified.
Defending race champion Earl Bamber, a late entry into the race, withdrew on lap 19.
|1||1||Mitch Evans||Giles Motorsport||Tatuus TT104ZZ Toyota||35||38m 55.818s|
|2||29||Daniil Kvyat||Victory Motor Racing||Tatuus TT104ZZ Toyota||35||+3.2|
|3||19||Scott Pye||ETEC Motorsport||Tatuus TT104ZZ Toyota||35||+4.9|
|4||20||Josh Hill||ETEC Motorsport||Tatuus TT104ZZ Toyota||35||+14.0|
|5||13||Nick Foster||Giles Motorsport||Tatuus TT104ZZ Toyota||35||+14.3|
|6||48||Mario Farnbacher||Giles Motorsport||Tatuus TT104ZZ Toyota||35||+16.5|
|7||5||Ivan Lukashevich||M2 Competition||Tatuus TT104ZZ Toyota||35||+16.9|
|8||7||Nick Cassidy||Giles Motorsport||Tatuus TT104ZZ Toyota||35||+21.4|
|9||4||Kotaro Sakurai||M2 Competition||Tatuus TT104ZZ Toyota||35||+24.6|
|10||22||Jordan Skinner||M2 Competition||Tatuus TT104ZZ Toyota||35||+26.4|
|11||11||Ken Smith||Ken Smith Motorsport||Tatuus TT104ZZ Toyota||35||+22.5|
|12||8||Jamie McNee||ETEC Motorsport||Tatuus TT104ZZ Toyota||32||+ 3 laps|
|Ret||2||Earl Bamber||Bamber Motorsport||Tatuus TT104ZZ Toyota||18|
|Ret||17||Alastair Wootten||DART International||Tatuus TT104ZZ Toyota||14|
|Ret||36||Alex Lynn||Giles Motorsport||Tatuus TT104ZZ Toyota||13|
|Ret||87||Damon Leitch||Victory Motor Racing||Tatuus TT104ZZ Toyota||1|
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