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The bridge crossover section will be used again when the Toyota Racing Series returns to Highlands in 2019


Highlands Motorsport Park at Cromwell will host a round of the Castrol Toyota
Racing Series for the first time in five years next January.

The Central Otago track will be the opening event of the five-round championship
between January 10 and 13. It culminates with the 64th New Zealand Grand Prix
at Circuit Chris Amon at Manfeild on February 7 to 10.

“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,” said Mr Whittaker.

Each round of the championship will have three races, giving drivers 15 races over
five consecutive weekends.

At Highlands Motorsport Park, the full 3.9 kms circuit will be used including the cross
over bridge section.

Other rounds of the series will be held on following weekends at Teretonga Park,
Invercargill; Hampton Downs, North Waikato and Bruce McLaren Motorsport Park,
Taupo before the Grand Prix meeting, one of only two outside Formula 1 to be
allowed to use the title, at Manfeild.

This coming summer will be the 15th year the Toyota Racing Series has been held.
Past competitors include current Formula 1 drivers Lance Stroll (2015 champion) and
Brendon Hartley; Le Mans 24 Hours winners Hartley and Earl Bamber; Formula 3
champions Lando Norris (2016 winner) and Nick Cassidy who also won Japan’s
Super GT series last year and 2016 Supercars champion Shane Van Gisbergen.

The full schedule for the 2019 Castrol Toyota Racing Series is. –

January 10-13, Highlands Motorsport Park, Cromwell

January 17-20, Teretonga Park, Invercargill

January 24-27, Hampton Downs Motorsport Park, North Waikato

January 31 – February 3, Bruce McLaren Motorsport Park, Taupo

February 7-10, Circuit Chris Amon, Feilding 

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For further information please contact:

Mark Whittaker, Toyota New Zealand Motorsport Manager,

Phone (06) 350 3400 or 021 279 4012 or email mark.whittaker@toyotaracing.co.nz