Racing time for potential sponsors

Te Puke’s rising motor racing star Michael Scott is on the hunt for sponsors to help him compete in the upcoming Toyota Racing Series.

Michael, who has raced in the single seat category competition for the last two years, told Bay Driver he’d “absolutely love” to race in the series again, but it comes down to attracting sponsorship.

“It’s a very costly exercise and it all comes down to sponsors,” says Michael.
 His comments follow the announcement of dates for the five-round summer series, which is dominated by young international drivers competing in the European off-season.

The series is recognised as a springboard for upcoming Kiwi talent, with experience gained helping launch drivers now competing internationally, including Mitch Evans, who competes in GP2, and Tauranga’s Richie Stanaway, who races in GP3.

The men are climbing their way up the international rankings, with both drivers winning their events at Silverstone’s Formula One event in England last weekend.  

For the last two seasons Michael’s family has covered the $120,000 annual cost of him competing, aside from about $3000 from sponsors last year – but they can’t continue this without more sponsorship.

Michael, who is studying engineering in Christchurch, describes last season as “challenging” after getting off to a strong start in the first round at Invercargill’s Teretonga track where he finished top Kiwi driver and seventh place overall, before being derailed in the second round in Timaru when another car hit him, knocking him out of two races.

“It was pretty frustrating to be taken out in the first two races through no fault of my own. In a point series where you’re rewarded for finishing races, just one Did Not Finish is a pretty tough setback.”

Michael wants anyone who can help with sponsorship or support to call him on 027 727 4141.

In the meantime he’s planning to race a Ralt in the highly-acclaimed Lady Wigram Trophy Race at Ruapuna this September.

The Scotts imported the single-seater Ralt for Michael to practise in ahead of the Toyota series, which begins at Ruapuna on January 17.


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