The NZGP will be a stand-alone event in 2022
The 2022 Castrol Toyota Racing Series will only involve the New Zealand Grand Prix.
The 67th edition of this prestigious event will be held at Hampton Downs from February 11-13, with COVID-19-related disruptions preventing the scheduling of other TRS events.
“The current COVID disruptions have affected our ability to bring in international drivers,” said Andrew Davis, general manager of Toyota Gazoo Racing New Zealand.
“It’s a shame that despite TRS being a key junior formula championship in world motorsport with international recognition and even more interest than normal during this time of pandemic, we had to focus again only on a national event. “
Hopes are rather turned towards 2023 “when we hope and are convinced that we will be much closer to a normal Castrol TRS season with the best young foreign riders facing our young talent Kiwi”.
Shane van Gisbergen won the 2021 New Zealand Grand Prix.
This put him in elite company, with previous winners including Lando Norris, Lance Stroll, Earl Bamber, Fabian Coulthard, Greg Murphy, Keke Rosberg, Chris Amon, Sir Jackie Stewart, Graham Hill, Bruce McLaren, John Surtees, Stirling Moss and Sir Jack Brabham.
Meanwhile, in positive news, the 2021/22 Toyota 86 Championship New Zealand announced its biggest ever schedule.
Six rounds will be played starting with a season opener at Hampton Downs November 12-14 and ending at Bruce McLaren Motorsport Park March 25-27 next year.
Intermediate stops will be at Pukekohe Park Raceway, Highlands Motorsport Park, Mike Pero Motorsport Park and a second visit to Hampton Downs.
“We are one of the very few genuine national championships and everyone is excited to be coming back to the south after the challenges of the pandemic limited what we could do last season,” said category manager Geoff Short. .
“We have never had more interest in the championship than now and we may well end up with all the Toyota 86s available on the grid in the first round at Hampton Downs.
“There are incredible opportunities available this season for top performing drivers, including the Triple Eight Race Engineering Supercar test given by the Tony Quinn Foundation.
“We will be announcing the full prize pool imminently and we will also start rolling out our driver announcements. There will be some familiar faces in there as well as some very talented new riders. “