Help Castrol select their Ambassador! Vote for your favourite driver to represent their brand in the 67th New Zealand Grand Prix.

Castrol has revealed the shortlist of kiwi talent from which it will pick its New Zealand Grand Prix ambassador. Entries for the funded drive have been so good that it has expanded its original target of a fantastic five to a magnificent seven.

With the final selection underway and a one-on-one interview with Castrol's judging panel to complete, Callum Crawley, Josh Donohue, Billy Frazer, Jordan Michels, Kaleb Ngatoa, James Penrose, and Peter Vodanovich are all onto the final lap to decide a winner.

The winner - who will be announced on December 15 - will carry Castrol colours on a Toyota FT-60 at the country's biggest single seater race at Hampton Downs over the weekend of February 11-13.


It's time for you to help Castrol decide by voting for your favourite driver.

Scroll down to review the seven finalists and see what they think about becoming Castrol’s Ambassador.

Callum Crawley

Hometown: Feilding


Karting background, won the fiercely contested 2017-18 Hi-Q Components Formula First Championship before progressing to Formula Ford.


Finished third in the 2018-19 national championship and went one better to claim the runner-up spot in 2019-20.

Josh Donohue

Hometown: Silverstream, Upper Hutt


2019 BMW E30 Scholarship winner and 2021 Formula Open New Zealand Series Champion. Has multiple years’ experience in karting at a variety of levels.


Also has experience in the New Zealand Sports Car Championship, has won numerous street sprints and hill climbs and is a GT class winner in the highly Competitive Manfeild Winter Series. 

Billy Frazer

Hometown: Papakura


Billy has just returned from the US having competed in USF2000 where he made some significant progress in a competitive field.


He won a race in the 2021 Castrol Toyota Racing Series and impressed with his dedication to preparation on and off track as well as his raw speed. A championship winner in Formula Ford, Formula First and karting.

Jordan Michels

Hometown: Invercargill


At just 24 Jordan has already demonstrated how versatile he is as a racing driver. He won the New Zealand Formula Ford Championship in 2019 and was runner up in the 2021 New Zealand Touring Car Championship.


He’s also a two time Class 2 winner of the New Zealand Endurance Championship and has single seater experience in Australia’s S5000 series. 

Kaleb Ngatoa

Hometown: Marton


Arguably the most experienced of those shortlisted. Multiple karting champion. Rose through the ranks of karts and single seaters in New Zealand and stunned the motorsport world with an epic pole position at the 2021 NZ Grand Prix.


Has raced with success in Australia's F5000 series bagging two wins and three pole positions.

James Penrose

Hometown: Rangiora


New Zealand's 2021 Formula Ford champion with two wins and six podium finishes. South Island Formula Ford champion - remarkably clean sweeping all 18 races in the championship.


Multiple karting titles. Tested for Toyota in its FT-60 impressively at Ruapuna earlier this year.

Peter Vodanovich

Hometown: Auckland


Jumped into circuit racing with an unconventional background. Super fit, raced 2K Cup and BMWs before winning the Toyota 86 Championship in a tight battle with Jaylyn Robotham.


Jumped in at the deep end into single seaters this year, competing in the Castrol Toyota Racing Series where he secured the Most Improved Driver award. Headed stateside to broaden his experience in single seaters in USF2000.

Votes are now closed!