Gulson brings Aussie challenge to New Zealand’s Toyota 86 Championship
Published 17 October 2017
He went wheel to wheel with New Zealand’s own Jack Milligan at Bathurst in October.
Now 25-year old Aussie Dylan Gulson plans to return the favour and race in the Toyota 86 Championship at its opening round, held as part of the V8 Supercar race weekend at Pukekohe.
Gulson is the latest racer in a family with a long and proud tradition of motor racing. During the 1980s and 1990s his uncles Ray and Paul contested premier races on both sides of the Tasman including the Bathurst 1000 and the Wellington Street Race.
Hot from his first ever win in the Australian Toyota 86 Racing Series, where he scored a dream ‘hometown victory at Bathurst, Gulson says he is looking forward to competing at Pukekohe as the V8 Supercar Championship rolls into New Zealand for this country’s largest sporting event on November 3-5.
He started his motor racing career in karts fifteen years ago and followed that with stints in a range of single make series. Gulson competed in the Australian 86 series in 2016, finishing sixth/ He is currently 11th in this year’s series.
The Kiwi guest drive at Pukekohe is part of an ongoing relationship between Toyota Racing New Zealand and Toyota Racing Australia.
Long-term, Gulson’s aim is to secure a V8 Supercar or international GT drive.
Connor Adam hangs on to Toyota 86 Championship lead
Published 14 January 2018
Halfway through the Toyota 86 Championship, the title could go to any one of a half dozen drivers.Auckland's Connor Adam came to Ruapuna with the Championship lead, and leaves it still leading - but the pack are closing in.
Jack Milligan is new Championship leader
Published 13 January 2018
Christchurch driver Jack Milligan has sprinted into the lead in the 2017-2018 Toyota 86 Championship with victory in today's race at Mike Pero Motorsport Park, Ruapuna, Christchurch.
Milligan dominated the race from the start and was able to dictate pace over the distance to the chequered flag, though behind him Michael Scott had forced his way through the field to a podium and International Motorsport's Connor Adam hung on to maintain his title hopes.
On his charge through the field, Scott tangled with Tom Alexander mid-corner, the latter spinning off into the infield before regaining the track. Scott also set fastest lap of the race, a 1:37.949 on lap 3.
Another local, Jaden Ransley, was quick in the opening laps and showed true racecraft to hang on as the podium battle swept over him. He finished fourth, two second clear of leading rookie Jordan Baldwin.
Tom Alexander dropped tothe rear of the field while rejoining the race and finished eighth. The former Cantabrian has been battling illness and had missed free practice during the week.
New inductee Sam Wallace made a clean start to the championship, finishing behind Alexander and ahead of Sam Wright, the Championship's youngest competitor, in the Tony Richards Toyota car.
Toyota 86 Championship round four, race one
1 Jack Milligan
2 Michael Scott
3 Connor Adam
4 Jaden Ransley
5 Jordan Baldwin
6 Bramwell King
7 Peter Vodanovich
8 Tom Alexander
9 Sam Wallace
10 Sam Wright