Kazuto Kotaka

Car Number: 36
Country: Japan
Age: 19
Team: mtec Motorsport

Nineteen year old Toyota scholarship driver Kazuto Kotaka will become the first Japanese driver to compete in the current generation Castrol Toyota Racing Series when he steps into a Toyota FT-50 chassis for the first round of the 2019 championship at the Highlands Motorsport Park in New Zealand in January.

Kotaka finished third in the Japanese Formula 4 championship, the biggest F4 championship in the motorsport world currently with more than 45 drivers competing over the course of the season. Kotaka's season included double wins at Fuji and podium places at Suzuka and Motegi.

Kotaka is one of the up and coming stars of the Japanese motorsport scene, is Toyota-affiliated and in addition to single seater aspirations, also recently tested a Japanese GT series Toyota 86 MC putting himself in contention for a full-time Super GT drive next year.