Intense action in Toyota Finance 86 Championship

Published 15 January 2015

The Toyota Finance 86 Championship makes its Ruapuna debut this weekend with plenty of exciting racing in store.

Toyota’s acclaimed 86 sports coupe enters its second season of championship racing this year. With two rounds completed in late 2014, the Toyota Finance 86 Championship is a close-fought battle between new and returning drivers.

Defending champion Jamie McNee is back for a shot at a second title, but Ash Blewett, Callum Quin, Tom Alexander and Matt Gibson are locked in battle for race wins and valuable points and the championship outcome could swing to any of the leading drivers. After two rounds, Ash Blewett has a lead of 14 points over McNee, with Tom Alexander – a proud Cantabrian now living in Bombay near Auckland – well placed in third, just two points adrift of McNee.

This year more than ever, regional pride is at stake as the championship: prominent Cantabrian businessman Rick Armstrong joins son Marcus (14) for this third round of the championship. Marcus Armstrong  contested part of the inaugural championship and has been making a name for himself in karting at national level. He won his first 86 race at in the inaugural round of this year’s championship.

Another young driver, Australian Luis Leeds (14) will run this weekend with the ETEC team. He is a promising Australian driver and a TRS prospect for 2016 who is looking to get some experience on NZ’s circuits.

Fought out over six rounds with a substantial prize purse at stake for the winners, the 2014-2015 championship is designed to enable drivers to gain skills and experience in modern race cars on New Zealand’s most exciting and spectacular circuits as they advance their careers.

All TR86 race cars used in the series are proudly New Zealand built. The cars’ specification includes an FIA-approved multi-point competition roll cage, adjustable race suspension, racing brake discs and calipers and 18-inch Speedline alloy wheels with Michelin tyres.

The cockpit features a Motec colour data dashboard, competition seats, racing harnesses and race steering wheel.

Only TR86 cars built by Toyota Racing New Zealand are eligible for the championship, and cars are available in managed drives, or can be purchased or leased.

The 2014-2015 championship has its own TV coverage and includes races at circuits from Auckland to Invercargill.

 

Ransley-returns-to-Toyota-86-Championship-with-big-aims_ARTICLE_300x170 Ransley returns to Toyota 86 Championship with big aims

Published 19 October 2017

Young Christchurch racer Jaden Ransley has big plans for his return to the Toyota 86 Championship.

Read more

Gulson-brings-Aussie-challenge-to-New-Zealand’s-Toyota-86-Championship_ARTICLE_300x170 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. 

Read more

Scott-and-Adam-together-again-for-2017-2018-Toyota-86-Championship_ARTICLE_300x170 Scott and Adam together again for 2017-2018 Toyota 86 Championship

Published 10 October 2017

Lyall Williamson’s International Motorsport team – one of the most enduring and successful race operations in the history of New Zealand motorsport – will run cars in the coming Toyota 86 Championship for young drivers Connor Adam and Michael Scott.

Read more

Contact Toyota Racing

Follow us

TRS logo Social Media
Toyota Racing New Zealand
toyota-nz-icon
Toyota New Zealand
toyota-86-nz-icon
Toyota 86 New Zealand