Kiwi Young Guns joins Aussie Star for Ruapuna FT60 test
Three of New Zealand’s top single-seater prospects – including Formula Ford champions – will join one of Australia’s young guns and board Toyota’s FT60 for the car’s first race at Mike Pero Motorsport Park in Christchurch tomorrow.
This is not only an opportunity for young drivers to experience a state-of-the-art junior formula racer, but it will also be an important day for TOYOTA GAZOO Racing New Zealand as they put together configuration data from the car at Mike Pero’s. Motorsport Park, a track on which the FT60 had not been tested at the start of development in 2019.
Ben Taylor, 17, currently leads the Australian F3 Championship in his first year in the category, winning the first round at Sydney Motorsport Park from pole position.
A former karter looking to progress in the junior formulas, he is the first international welcome to drive the Toyota FT60 on a New Zealand race track since the end of the 2020 season.
James Penrose will get into the car as the National and South Island Formula Ford champion – and Formula Ford Festival winner – after a successful racing weekend at Ruapuna while McCutcheon will join him as the winner of the North Island Championship.
Jacob Douglas has two podium finishes in the South Island Formula Ford Championship last season. He was also the winner in the Junior Rotax category of the 2021 Kartsport NZ National Sprint Championship.
“It’s great to find the rhythm and to test New Zealand riders and of course our Australian guest”, explained Nicolas Caillol, Category Manager. “We will be testing at several circuits over the next few months and there will be more opportunities to test as we collect data and continue our development program on the car ahead of the 2022 season.
“It’s great to be back here with the current car and we can’t wait to see how our young guns go to Ruapuna.”
It’s a great test day for TOYOTA GAZOO Racing NZ, with a capacity of 12 drivers also testing the Toyota 86.
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