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Lawson’s Title Defence Begins in Cromwell

Kiwi young gun Liam Lawson will begin his Castrol Toyota Racing Series title defence at Highlands over the weekend of January 18th and 19th and will take on one of the best fields ever assembled in the 16 year history of the championship.

With brand new more powerful cars and more Super Licence points for up and coming racers, the 2020 championship has attracted some of the biggest junior formulae names in the world including international champions from Formula 4 and karting.

Lawson, a Red Bull Racing junior, will have his hands full defending his title from fellow Red Bull racer Yuki Tsunoda of Japan, Spanish Formula 4 champion Franco Colapinto from Argentina, Brazilian young gun and Renault Sport Academy star Caio Collet, Danish Prema Powerteam Formula 4 racer Oliver Rasmussen, 2018 German ADAC Formula 4 Champion and Sauber Junior Team driver Lirim Zendeli.


Lawson caught the attention of the motorsport world with his title win in 2019


Another likely front runner in a 20 car field brimming with talent is Brazilian ace Igor Fraga – fresh from a top three finish in the 2019 Formula Regional European Championship – and one of the world’s finest e-Sports racers.

Kiwi Chelsea Herbert is also running in the series and becomes the sixth female racer to take on the blokes. Although she is focussing on the series as a learning exercise to boost her motorsport career, she does have extensive circuit knowledge on her side and could spring a surprise or two over a busy weekend of racing at the picturesque track.

Also popular with the fans will be the three Best Bars Toyota 86 Championship races over the weekend at Highlands. With two Toyota 86 cars up for grabs as prizes this season, the racing will be as intense as it has ever been – possibly even more – as some of the best up and coming racers in the country tackle the challenges of this technical track. 2019 was simply epic, and fans can look forward to more of the same this time around.


Twenty FT-60 racers will line up for an increased Super Licence points haul


A very welcome addition to the Speed Works MotorSport NZ Championship Highlands weekend are the mighty Central Muscle Cars – one of the country’s finest racing classes and one boasting a huge field of some of the most iconic racers in global motorsport history. There are some breathtaking machines out there and this class sees them raced as hard as they ever were.

New Zealand motorsport legend Angus Fogg, who took the historic class at Bathurst by storm in 2019 when he blitzed the field in his fearsome and sinister black and gold Mustang, will be the one to watch at Highlands.

Mighty ‘anything goes’ OSCA racers, South Island Porsches , Mazda Pro 7, Formula Ford and a one hour Rush Hour race that will include Haydon Padden in a Hyundai and circuit owner Tony Quinn in a monster Mosler GT car complete an exciting card for a great racing weekend at this awesome venue.

Tickets are available at Eventfinda and kids aged 14 and under go free when accompanied by an adult, making it a very accessible weekend of fun and action-packed entertainment for the whole family.

On the grid at Highlands:

Castrol Toyota Racing Series

Rush Hour

Toyota 86 Championship

Central Muscle Cars



Mazda Pro 7

Formula Ford

Rush Hour

January 4, 2020

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