AN­OTHER FLY­ING DUTCH­MAN

NZ Performance Car - - Circuit Talk -

Red Bull Rac­ing has nur­tured a seem­ingly end­less stream of young rac­ers over the years, in­clud­ing our own Bren­don Hart­ley, who went on to be­come a World En­durance Cham­pion for Porsche.

The Cas­trol Toy­ota Rac­ing Se­ries sea­son has seen the team’s lat­est tal­ent, Dutch­man Richard Ver­schoor, take on and beat more ex­pe­ri­enced opponents to put him­self in pole po­si­tion for the highly re­garded se­ries ti­tle, and that’s say­ing some­thing in a field of young guns all aiming for For­mula One.

Ver­schoor’s con­sis­tency has been the key — with high-placed fin­ishes un­der­pin­ning his mas­sive points haul. But he also has amaz­ing speed. In the fea­ture race at Tere­tonga Park for the Spirit of a Nation Cup re­cently, he sim­ply walked away from the field in very chal­leng­ing wet con­di­tions, dom­i­nat­ing through­out and march­ing away to one of the most im­pres­sive wins in re­cent sea­sons in New Zealand’s pre­mier sin­gle-seater cat­e­gory.

It’s al­ways tough to pick an out­stand­ing tal­ent among the young Toy­ota sin­gle-seater aces who ven­ture down to the south­ern hemi­sphere to sharpen their skills for wings and slicks se­ries in the north­ern hemi­sphere’s sum­mer, but Ver­schoor is show­ing all the signs of be­ing an­other Vet­tel or Ver­stap­pen.

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