Marcus Armstrong has announced that he will contest another season of the Toyota Racing Series in 2019 after last year’s agonising near-miss.
However, a Safety Car closed the field up before a hasty restart with a lap remaining, at which time Armstrong bogged down and lost multiple positions.
The Christchurch native fell to third in the standings, a loss he wants to put right this time around.
“I’m here to drive and I enjoy all the circuits here in New Zealand. I want to make good on last year’s last lap loss,” he said.
His father Rick added, “This is likely to be the last time we get to see Marcus racing in New Zealand over the five weekends of the summer series, so it’s great for him to be able to put on a show for race fans and friends here.
“We are very proud to have him in the Auckland City Toyota/Armstrong Motor Group car.”
The 18-year-old will race with M2 Competition in TRS for a third straight season, putting him in the same team as former DTM driver Lucas Auer and another speedy New Zealander in Liam Lawson.
Armstrong returns home off the back of finishing fifth in the final FIA Formula 3 European Championship, and will remain with Prema Racing for that series’ successor, the FIA Formula 3 Championship, in 2019.
“I like TRS,” he added.
“The cars are physically easier to drive than F3.
“There are less set-up adjustments possible so it’s a case of going out and driving the car. Every team and driver has the same opportunity.
“(Clement) Novalak last year was very good with the Giles team, and Thomas Randle won the title in 2017 with Victory, so it puts emphasis on the driver.”
The 2019 Toyota Racing Series starts at Highlands Motorsport Park on January 12-13.
Toyota Racing Series 2019 teams and drivers so far
|Dev Gore||USA||Giles Motorsport|
|Raoul Hyman||RSA||Giles Motorsport|
|Petr Ptacek Jnr||CZE||Giles Motorsport|
|Thomas Smith||AUS||Giles Motorsport|
|Marcus Armstrong||NZL||M2 Competition|
|Lucas Auer||AUT||M2 Competition|
|Cameron Das||USA||M2 Competition|
|Liam Lawson||NZL||M2 Competition|
|Esteban Muth||GER||M2 Competition|
|Artem Petrov||RUS||M2 Competition|
|Kazuto Kotaka||JPN||mtec Motorsport|
|Jackson Walls||AUS||mtec Motorsport|
|Calan Williams||AUS||mtec Motorsport|
|Brendon Leitch||NZL||Victory Motor Racing|
|Parker Locke||USA||Victory Motor Racing|