Car Number: 7
Country: New Zealand
Matthew Payne will be one to watch when the 2021 Castrol Toyota Racing Series blasts into action.
Only just turned 18 years old and relatively inexperienced at this level, Matthew will be taking a giant leap to compete against the best motorsport talent New Zealand has to offer.
Regarded as one of the best young racers to come out of New Zealand karting in recent times, this summer Matthew will swap his KZ kart for a Castrol Toyota Racing Series FT60 car.
A relative unknown, Matthew has been based in Europe for the past two years learning his craft by racing the best karters in the world. In his first full year in the 2019 European FIA Karting Championship he finished the series with a ranking of 30th.
Closer to home he enjoyed success in karts in 2019 winning the Kartsport NZ National Sprint Championship in the KZ2 class and took victory in a round of the Australian championship at his first attempt towards the end of the year.