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Heading into the 2018 Championship, Toyota Racing has appointed new category managers: Nico Caillol and Sarah Brown.
Nico is a familiar face in the TRS pit lane, having been chief engineer and race engineer with M2 Competition from 2012 to 2017. Internationally, he has also managed the respected Jenzer Motorsport team in GP3, where the team has been running TRS graduate Arjun Maini.
Australian Sarah Brown, a veteran of almost a decade in key management roles with the V8 Supercars organisation in Australia, is joining the Castrol Toyota Racing Series as one of two category managers.
Together with Nico, Sarah operates from the new Toyota Racing New Zealand headquarters and build facility at the north Waikato Hampton Downs circuit.
Her role will be crucial in managing the myriad details that keep TRS running smoothly through its hectic five weekend, 15 race season. This includes driver, team and stakeholder liaison, documentation, and scheduling, along with a wide range of other functions. Toyota New Zealand Motorsport Manager Steve Boyce says Brown’s appointment is “a real coup” for Toyota Racing New Zealand.
“We are very pleased to welcome Sarah and Nico on board. Their expertise will be a tremendous asset as we enter a new age for Toyota Racing New Zealand.
“All three of the New Zealand drivers who emerged from TRS 2017 – Marcus Armstrong, Taylor Cockerton and Brendon Leitch – are now racing and winning internationally. We’ve shown this category is the best path for Kiwi racers seeking to accelerate their careers and the best way for internationals to gain essential experience during the northern off-season period. Now we are on our way to finding the next world champion, and the next. It’s a very exciting time to be involved in this mission.”