Thomas Beesley

Car Number: 12

Age: 18
Home town: Christchurch
Date of Birth: 28/04/2005

Team: James Marshall Motorsport

The 18 year old Christchurch student will make his circuit debut at the Taupo International Motorsport Park at the first round next month on the back of a two year build up which has seen him master basics on regular track days with a Toyota 86 at the Euromarque Motorsport Park (Ruapuna).


A leading light in New Zealand on the iRacing platform, Beesley also won the New Zealand edition of the Red Bull Armageddon Virtual F1 Championship this year. 


He has continued intense preparation on-line in addition to his track work and has taken a gap year to focus on developing his skills as a racing driver and putting maximum effort on and off the track into his debut season. 


Beesley acknowledges the level of the challenge he faces ahead, but is focussing on just getting better every time he goes out in the car.


“I have been working hard to develop my driving and racing skills as best I can on a very limited budget,” he explained. “After two years of planning and training, it’s a real accomplishment for us just to have been able to make it to the grid of this year's Toyota 86 Championship.