Su­per­car chance in prize pool

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Aca­reer in Su­per­cars could be one step closer for two young Kiwi rac­ers af­ter Toy­ota Rac­ing New Zealand con­firmed its best-ever prize pool for the 2018-19 Toy­ota 86 Cham­pi­onship that starts in Novem­ber.

The prizes of­fer two driv­ers not only to make a big step for­ward in their rac­ing ca­reers but also to catch the eye of the Su­per­cars Cham­pi­onship teams. Top prize for the NZ se­ries win­ner will be com­pet­ing in all rounds of the 2019 Aus­tralian Toy­ota 86 Rac­ing Se­ries. The top rookie in New Zealand can be part of Toy­ota Rac­ing Aus­tralia’s In­vited Driver Pro­gramme at the 2019 Bathurst 1000 event.

“It’s a mas­sive op­por­tu­nity for up and com­ing driv­ers in the New Zealand se­ries to put their names out there as po­ten­tially the next van Gis­ber­gen, McLaugh­lin or Coulthard,” said cat­e­gory man­ager Geoff Short. “Given the high qual­ity of the driv­ers al­ready lined up for next sea­son, it’s a given that the driv­ers who se­cure those prizes will be stand-out rac­ers.”

The Aus­tralian se­ries for Toy­ota 86 rac­ers runs over six rounds which are tele­vised and part of the Su­per­cars Cham­pi­onship week­ends. This sea­son the Aus­tralian Se­ries had rounds at Phillip Is­land in April, Townsville in July, The Bend SuperSprint The 2018-19 Toy­ota 86 Rac­ing Cham­pi­onship will fea­ture six rounds and new prize op­por­tu­ni­ties for the lead­ing driv­ers. week­end in Au­gust, Sandown in Septem­ber, with Bathurst in Oc­to­ber and the Se­ries con­clud­ing at the New­cas­tle 500 week­end in Novem­ber.

“Over­all it’s the best ever prize pool for the Toy­ota 86 Cham­pi­onship in New Zealand and com­pletely re­flects the Toy­ota Rac­ing phi­los­o­phy of find­ing the stars of to­mor­row and mak­ing a young rac­ing driver’s dream a re­al­ity,” Short said. “There’s a clear op­por­tu­nity for two rac­ers this sea­son to carve out names for them­selves at the most sig­nif­i­cant mo­tor­sport events in Aus­trala­sia and it’s go­ing to be fas­ci­nat­ing to see who can make the most of the op­por­tu­nity.”

The 2018-19 Toy­ota 86 Cham­pi­onship be­gins at the Su­per­cars Cham­pi­onship at Pukekohe Park in Novem­ber be­fore join­ing the Speed Works Mo­tor­sport NZ Cham­pi­onship on Pukekohe’s orig­i­nal short course con­fig­u­ra­tion.

The cham­pi­onship heads south to High­lands Mo­tor­sport Park and Tere­tonga be­fore the NZ Grand Prix meet­ing at Man­feild Cir­cuit Chris Amon in Fe­bru­ary. It con­cludes at Hampton Downs in March and a non-cham­pi­onship en­durance rac­ing week­end is at Taupo¯ a month later.

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