Toyota Racing Series releases 2019 calendar

The Toyota Racing Series field on Highlands’ crossover bridge pic: Bruce Jenkins

The calendar for the 2019 Castrol Toyota Racing Series has been released, featuring a return to Highlands Motorsport Park.

Highlands replaces Christchurch’s Ruapuna Park as the season opener on the second weekend of January, the first time it will host a round of TRS in five years.

TRS will run on the Central Otago circuit’s full 3.9km layout including the bridge.

The remainder of the five-round calendar is unchanged from 2018, with the finale the 64th New Zealand Grand Prix at Manfeild’s Circuit Chris Amon.

“We’ve wanted to take the series back to Highlands,” said Mark Whittaker, Toyota New Zealand’s Motorsport Manager.

“The destination will be attractive to the international drivers who come here to get valuable testing and racing kilometres during the northern hemisphere winter.”

“It’s appropriate our top motor racing series starts near the adventure capital of New Zealand – Queenstown.”

There will again be three races per round.

Russian Robert Shwartzman won the 2018 title after a dramatic finale in which long-time points leader Marcus Armstrong crucially lost several positions at a late restart.

Other champions in the 14 editions of TRS so far include Lance Stroll, Brendon Hartley, and Shane van Gisbergen.

Castrol Toyota Racing Series 2019 Calendar

Round Date Circuit
1 Jan 10-13 Highlands Motorsport Park, Cromwell
2 Jan 17-20 Teretonga Park, Invercargill
3 Jan 24-27 Hampton Downs Motorsport Park, North Waikato
4 Jan 31-Feb 3 Bruce McLaren Motorsport Park, Taupo
5 Feb 7-10 Circuit Chris Amon, Feilding

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