Car Number: 16
Team: Giles Motorsport
Hailing from Melbourne, Australia, 16-year-old Thomas Smith will cross the Tasman and drive in the five round championship for former McLaren F1 Chief Engineer Stephen Giles in his Giles Motorsport team.
A busy 2018 has seen Smith compete not only in two Formula Ford championships in Australia - the regional Victoria series and the national championship - but also in the CAMS PAYCE Australian Formula 4 Championship. That campaign included a fourth, a fifth and a pair of sixth place finishes, with the youngster securing his best result at the final round of the championship, coincidentally in New Zealand at the Pukekohe Park circuit.
Smith's 2018 campaign also included an eight-day test at the Teretonga Park track on New Zealand's South Island as preparation for a Formula F1600 event there last January. He completed more than 1,000 laps during that mammoth test. The circuit, the most southerly racetrack in the world, is the venue for the second round of the 2019 Castrol Toyota Racing Series.