Jackson Rooney

Car Number: 30

Age: 19
Home town: Hastings
Date of Birth: 20/02/2004


Team: Racelab

The 19-year-old heavy transport engineer has been karting since he was just six, has raced internationally and has numerous regional and North Island titles to his name. But this season he wanted to step up to cars and the Toyota 86 Championship was his first choice.


“I’ve been watching it for some time thinking it was the best possible step up after karts,” he said. “The racing is close, its competitive and the opportunities for anyone doing well are significant.” 


Race winning team RaceLab will oversee his 2023-2024 campaign and have been running him in testing at Hampton Downs, Taupo, and Manfeild in recent months. He’s also worked hard on sponsorship and will carry the colours of NAPA, Real Steal and Ryco amongst others for the full season.


Not only that, but he also has former champion and rising Kiwi star Callum Hedge in his camp, a notable ally as he gets ready for his first season circuit racing.


“It’s a big change from karting,” he added. “In many ways everything you have learned has to be put to one side and you must learn a whole new technique and some specific things about the Toyota 86.