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Toyota Racing Series Goes To The Streets


Fri 18 Apr 2008–Sun 20 Apr 2008, 9:00am–5:00pm

Where: V8 Supercar Street Circuit, Hamilton

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

Listed by: Mark Baker

This is the pure racing excitement at the Hamilton V8 Supercar round: the Toyota Racing Series brings the best of New Zealand's next generation of racing stars to a street circuit for the first time, and there's a new international challenger in the field.

Your admission to the V8s also gets you the opportunity at no extra cost to see the next Scott Dixon, Brendon Hartley or Shane van Gisbergen on their way up the motorsport career ladder.

The Toyota Racing Series has named a talented and competitive entry list for its races at the inaugural V8 Supercar round in Hamilton. The entry list includes most of the 2008 series regulars including champion Andy Knight and his key rivals Earl Bamber and Ben Harford. The Hamilton race offers these three a chance to continue their season-long battles for TRS glory.

Australian V8 Supercar driver and Bathurst 1000 winner Jason Bargwanna has also been confirmed this week to drive for the Concut Racing Team from Christchurch alongside fellow Australian driver Nathan Antunes who is competing this season in Trevor Sheumack’s European Technique Team.

Also making their TRS debut at Hamilton are 2008 Formula Ford champion John Whelan and Andrew Waite, who finished the Formula Ford series in third place. Both are preparing TRS campaigns for 2009.

Series regulars and rookies alike are keen to learn more about setting up and driving these fast, agile cars in the tighter than normal confines of a street circuit with the unpredictable grip levels provided by the changing surfaces and undulations.

The big challenge faced by the TRS drivers will be the cars' low driving position which creates a "tunnel" feel from the cockpit while driving at speed between the concrete walls and these cars weigh only 550kgs so the bumps do throw the car about

For any racer who is serious about their craft, and for those aiming to build a career, early experience of street circuits is essential. The set-up is quite different as public roads are often bumpy and can throw a car off line and into the wall in a flash. Speed and precision are paramount.

Between races, check out the cars in the Toyota "paddock" area and grab some autographs from these stars in the making.

Pics with thanks to Lee at