Toyota Racing Series unveils 2019 schedule

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Toyota Racing Series unveils 2019 schedule
Andrew van Leeuwen
By: Andrew van Leeuwen
Jun 19, 2018, 5:25 AM

New Zealand's Toyota Racing Series has unveiled it's 2019 calendar, which includes a return to Highlands Motorsport Park.

Race winner Richard Verschoor
Richard Verschoor
Richard Verschoor leads Marcus Armstrong
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Richard Verschoor
Marcus Armstrong

As usual the series will be contested over five rounds in five weekends through January and the start of February, however the calendar has been tweaked compared to this year.

Rather than kicking off at Ruapuna Park, the series will instead return to Highlands in Central Otago for the first time in five years for its opener, with three races on the full 3.9-kilometre layout.

TRS will then take in Teretonga Park, Hampton Downs, and Bruce McLaren Motorsport Park, before finishing with the New Zealand Grand Prix at the Circuit Chris Amon in Manfeild.

“We’ve wanted to take the series back to Highlands,” said Mark Whittaker, Toyota New Zealand’s Motorsport Manager.

“The destination will be attractive to the international drivers who come here to get valuable testing and racing kilometres during the northern hemisphere winter.

“It’s appropriate our top motor racing series starts near the adventure capital of New Zealand – Queenstown."

TRS is set to be included in the FIA Super Licence system for the first time next season, as it looks to strengten its position as a key off-season destination for young European talent.

Series organisers also have an eye on the other side of the Tasman, having made a trip to Phillip Island recently to woo Australian Formula 4 competitors. Aussie and New Zealand drivers are eligible for the Trans-Tasman Trophy, with $10,000 on offer for the winner.

Round Date Circuit
1 Jan 10-13 Highlands Motorsport Park, Cromwell
2 Jan 17-20 Teretonga Park, Invercargill
3 Jan 24-27 Hampton Downs, North Waikato
4 Jan 31-Feb 3 Bruce McLaren Motorsport Park, Taupo
5 Feb 7-10 Circuit Chris Amon, Manfeild
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