Castrol is looking for a young gun to carry its colours in the country’s biggest single seater race at Hampton Downs over the weekend of February 11-13, 2022.
“Competing in the Castrol Toyota Racing Series is a well-established rite of passage for the next generation of motorsport superstars,” says Castrol brand and product manager Jan Willink.
“For half a decade, Castrol has proudly partnered with Toyota to help grow this platform and we’re thrilled to be able to provide this fantastic opportunity for a young New Zealand driver to take the next step in their motorsport journey.”
Any driver with New Zealand residency or citizenship can apply, but candidates must demonstrate a track record of success in their previous racing endeavours. The successful driver must be 25 or under and may come from a saloon, single seater or even a karting background.
Applications close at 11:59pm on November 26, with five finalists to be shortlisted. A judging panel will then select the lucky driver who will become the ‘works’ Castrol driver for the Grand Prix weekend.
“We have seen the support of Castrol act as a springboard for the careers of many drivers,” says Toyota Gazoo Racing New Zealand motorsport manager Nicolas Caillol, “most recently with previous TRS graduate and champion Thomas Randle.
“This initiative will hopefully accelerate the progress of young Kiwi drivers in a similar way. We have so many talented young drivers here in New Zealand and many have that extra edge needed to go all the way.
“It is one of these drivers who will be in the seat of an FT-60 for the Grand Prix and who will get a once in a lifetime chance to put their name on an iconic global motorsport trophy along with some of the sport’s biggest names.”
Randle was the star of the 2017 Castrol Toyota Racing Series, winning the title with an all or nothing drive in the Grand Prix to secure enough points to grab the title. He followed that up with success in Supercar’s Super 2 series, finishing third in 2019 and winning in 2020.
He currently drives the Castrol-supported Tickford Racing Mustang, and says the support of the brand will be a big boost for the GP drive winner in New Zealand.
"It’s meant the world to me to have the backing of Castrol through some of the biggest moments in my career,” says Randle. “The chance for one aspiring driver to be backed by such a global, iconic brand is genuinely a once in a lifetime opportunity.
“My success in 2017 certainly helped lay a foundation in my pathway to a full-time Supercars drive. It’s exciting to think what doors this opportunity may open for New Zealand’s next generation of motorsport talent!”
If you think you’ve got what it takes to compete against some of the best in New Zealand motorsport on a global stage, complete the application using the online form at: www.toyota.co.nz/toyota-racing/castrol-toyota-racing-series/castrol-nzgp