DRIVERS FOR THE 2017 TRS CHAMPIONSHIP
No 3 Brendon Leitch (New Zealand): Leitch was the most successful Kiwi driver in last season’s TRS championship, finishing third overall. Debuting in 2014 he won the preliminary race at Manfeild and had three other podium finishes. No 5 Pedro Piquet (Brazil): The 18-year-old Brazilian was one of the stars last summer. Going into the final round, Piquet was the only driver who had a chance of toppling the eventual champion, Lando Norris. No 8 Marcus Armstrong (New Zealand): Amrstrong’s career began in karting in 2007 at the age of seven. His racing gathered momentum in 2016, the 16-year-old competing in Formula Renault as well as the British Formula 3 Championship. No 9 Jehan Daruvala (India): The 18-year-old finished runner-up in the championship to Britain’s Norris last summer and headed off to Europe for a season of racing in Formula Renault. Daruvala will step up to Formula 3 this year. No 10 Thomas Neubauer (France): Neubauer is one of the least experienced drivers in the field. The 17-year-old only got into a single seater racing last year. He has had 11 races in Formula Renault in France scoring one podium. No 11 Taylor Cockerton (New Zealand): The 2014/15 NZ Formula Ford champion will compete in TRS for the second time and will be looking to improve on his stellar debut in 2016. Last season Cockerton was able to finish all 15 races. No 12 Christian Hahn (Brazil): Hahn is following in the footsteps of compatriot Pedro Piquet, who came here last year after two seasons of racing in the Brazilian Formula 3 Championship. Hahn finished fourth in the 2016. No 22 Richard Verschoor (Netherlands): Verschoor, 16, was noticed by the Red Bull Junior Team at his first meeting and was signed to its support programme. He won the Northern European Zone Formula 4 Championship in 2016. No 24 Ameya Vaidyanathan (Great Britain): The 20-year-old Londoner enjoyed a career in karts that led to the British Formula 4 Championship in 2015. He competed in the British Formula 3 and European Open Formula 3 Championship in 2016. No 26 Harry Hayek (Australia): Hayek, 17, has mainly raced in the Australian Formula 4 Championship. Before that Hayek had two years of karting, winning NSW titles. No 27 Jean-Baptiste Simmenauer (France): Simmenauer, 16, will be making his single-seater debut in the TRS having been testing with several Formula Renault teams over the past few months. He has competed successfully in karting. No 33 Kory Enders (USA): Kory is a newcomer to single seater racing. The 19-year-old did the final three races of the Pro Mazda Championship at Laguna Seca in September and will be fulltime this year. No 47 Keyvan Andres (USA): Born in Germany, Andres spent his childhood in France before the family moved to Florida in 2013. He’s raced karts in France and Formula 2000 and the Atlantic Championship Series in recent seasons. No 49 Thomas Randle (Australia): Randle came 10th in the TRS at the start of 2015, finishing third at Ruapuna and Taupo. In 2016, he concentrated on the British Formula 3 Championship, winning two races. No 51 Shelby Blackstock (USA): Blackstock is the son of Reba McEntire, one of the most famous country music singers of all time. The 26-year-old will make his TRS debut this year having raced in Indy Lights the past two years. No 62 Ferdinand Habsburg (Austria): The highly-talented Habsburg won races in last year’s championship and shapes as a driver to beat this year. The youngster is a descendant of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria. No 65 Enaam Ahmed (Great Britain): Ahmed arrives here knowing what he is up against, having been in the same team as defending champion Norris in 2015. He contested three Formula 3 Championships in 2016. No 80 Nikita Lastochkin (Russia): The Los Angeles based 26-year-old has only been racing for three years and has no back ground in karting like many of his rivals. In 2015 and 2016 he finished eighth in the US Formula 2000 series. No 83 Kami Laliberte (Canada): Laliberte, the son of Cirque du Soleil founder Guy Laliberte, is returning for a second tilt at the TRS. The 17-yearold made his debut here last summer, when he finished 13th overall. No 96 Luis Leeds (Australia): The 16-year-old returns to New Zealand’s race tracks having previously driven in the Toyota 86 champion-ship. Last year, he competed in 30 races in the British Formula 4 Championship, winning three.