2015 Toyota Racing Series

2015 Toyota Racing Series
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The 2015 Toyota Racing Series was the eleventh running of the Toyota Racing Series, the premier open-wheeler motorsport category held in New Zealand. The series, which consisted of sixteen races at five meetings, began on 14 January at Ruapuna Park in Christchurch, and ended on 15 February with the 60th running of the New Zealand Grand Prix, at Manfeild Autocourse in Feilding.

With a third-place finish in the penultimate race of the season at Manfeild, Canadian driver Lance Stroll – driving for M2 Competition – clinched the championship title, having amassed an unassailable 93-point lead ahead of the final race. Stroll won three of the first four races to be held in the series at Ruapuna and Teretonga (taking the round wins at both circuits) before consistent finishing for the remainder of the campaign allowed him to maintain his championship lead throughout. Stroll added his fourth win of the season in the final race, the New Zealand Grand Prix, becoming the first Canadian to win the Grand Prix. M2 Competition team-mate Brandon Maïsano finished the season as runner-up, 108 points in arrears of Stroll. Maïsano won five races during the season – the most of all drivers – with a win at each meeting except for Teretonga, while taking the round win at Hampton Downs.

Third place in the championship went to Santino Ferrucci, for the Giles Motorsport team. Ferrucci took five podium finishes before taking his first victory at Manfeild, in the second race. He finished 33 points behind Maïsano and 141 behind Stroll. Four other drivers took race victories during the 2015 season as Arjun Maini (M2 Competition) and Sam MacLeod (Giles Motorsport) each won two races – both at Hampton Downs and Taupo respectively – as they completed the top five in the drivers' championship, with MacLeod taking the round wins at Taupo and Manfeild. Two drivers from New Zealand also won races, both coming at Teretonga Park as Jamie Conroy – another M2 Competition driver – and Brendon Leitch, for Victory Motor Racing, both achieved their first victories in the series. Only ETEC Motorsport failed to take a race win, with a pair of third places from Thomas Randle being their best result.

Teams and driversEdit

All teams were New-Zealand registered.

Team No. Driver Status Rounds
Giles Motorsport 4   Alfonso Celis Jr.[1] R All
5   Sam MacLeod[1] R All
7   Dzhon Simonyan[1] R 1–3
  Sérgio Sette Câmara R 4–5
10   Santino Ferrucci[1] R All
21   Artem Markelov[2] R All
40   James Munro[3] All
M2 Competition 8   Mathias Kristensen[1] R All
18   Lance Stroll[2] R All
19   Brandon Maïsano R All
23   Jamie Conroy[4] R All
28   Charlie Eastwood[1] R All
36   Arjun Maini[1] R All
Victory Motor Racing 11   Stefan Riener[1] R All
62   Ferdinand Habsburg[1] R All
86   Brendon Leitch[1] All
87   Damon Leitch[2] All
ETEC Motorsport 12   Matteo Ferrer[1] R All
17   Nikita Mazepin[1] R All
49   Thomas Randle[5] R All
53   Callum Ilott[6] R All

Race calendar and resultsEdit

The calendar for the series was announced on 14 July 2014, and was held over five successive weekends in January and February.[7] The event at Taupo Motorsport Park was held as a quadruple-header,[8] the first such instance for the series.

Round Date Circuit Pole position Fastest lap Winning driver Winning team Round winner(s)
1 R1 17 January Ruapuna Park, Christchurch   Brandon Maïsano   Stefan Riener   Lance Stroll M2 Competition   Lance Stroll
R2 18 January   Brandon Maïsano   Brandon Maïsano M2 Competition
R3   Sam MacLeod   Sam MacLeod   Lance Stroll M2 Competition
2 R1 24 January Teretonga Park, Invercargill   Matteo Ferrer   Lance Stroll   Lance Stroll M2 Competition   Lance Stroll
R2 25 January   Santino Ferrucci   Jamie Conroy M2 Competition
R3   Brendon Leitch   Santino Ferrucci   Brendon Leitch Victory Motor Racing
3 R1 31 January Hampton Downs Motorsport Park, Waikato   Arjun Maini   Arjun Maini   Arjun Maini M2 Competition   Brandon Maïsano
R2 1 February   Ferdinand Habsburg   Brandon Maïsano M2 Competition
R3   Brandon Maïsano   Arjun Maini   Sam MacLeod Giles Motorsport
4 R1 7 February Taupo Motorsport Park, Taupo   Arjun Maini   Thomas Randle   Sam MacLeod Giles Motorsport   Sam MacLeod
R2   Brandon Maïsano   Brandon Maïsano M2 Competition
R3 8 February   Brandon Maïsano   Brandon Maïsano   Brandon Maïsano M2 Competition
R4   Arjun Maini   Charlie Eastwood   Arjun Maini M2 Competition
5 R1 14 February Manfeild Autocourse, Feilding   Brandon Maïsano   Brandon Maïsano   Brandon Maïsano M2 Competition   Sam MacLeod
R2 15 February   Callum Ilott   Santino Ferrucci Giles Motorsport
R3   Arjun Maini   Brandon Maïsano   Lance Stroll M2 Competition

Championship standingsEdit

In order for a driver to score championship points, they had to complete at least 75% of the race winner's distance, and be running at the race's completion. All races counted towards the final championship standings.

Scoring system
Position 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th 10th 11th 12th 13th 14th 15th 16th 17th 18th 19th 20th
Points 75 67 60 54 49 45 42 39 36 33 30 28 26 24 22 20 18 16 14 12

Drivers' championshipEdit

Pos. Driver RUA TER HMP TAU MAN Points
1   Lance Stroll 1 4 1 1 3 3 Ret 5 2 3 4 2 11 6 3 1 906
2   Brandon Maïsano 5 1 Ret 12 11 6 2 1 3 6 1 1 Ret 1 8 3 798
3   Santino Ferrucci 7 5 4 Ret 17 2 3 3 5 2 2 8 16 5 1 5 765
4   Arjun Maini 2 6 2 9 7 4 1 16 4 12 14 4 1 2 17 14 750
5   Sam MacLeod Ret 8 5 Ret 13 5 Ret 9 1 1 6 3 5 3 2 4 684
6   Damon Leitch 15 9 14 8 9 13 5 6 18 8 8 5 6 12 16 10 546
7   Charlie Eastwood 4 2 Ret 14 12 10 12 14 15 NC 9 7 3 15 12 2 535
8   Artem Markelov Ret Ret 3 5 2 7 7 Ret 6 14 Ret Ret 2 7 7 6 525
9   James Munro 13 10 12 2 4 9 6 Ret 9 7 Ret 6 4 9 Ret 16 522
10   Thomas Randle 3 14 6 11 8 8 Ret 8 7 4 3 Ret 9 19 Ret 9 518
11   Mathias Kristensen 9 12 10 10 10 14 9 4 19 11 7 14 7 14 10 18 502
12   Ferdinand Habsburg 6 3 Ret 7 6 12 10 2 11 15 16 16 14 11 14 Ret 490
13   Stefan Riener 11 15 7 3 Ret DNS 13 7 10 9 5 15 Ret 10 5 8 483
14   Brendon Leitch 10 Ret 9 4 5 1 DSQ 11 16 NC 11 10 8 13 11 15 477
15   Jamie Conroy 12 11 13 6 1 11 NC 13 14 Ret 13 11 13 18 9 12 446
16   Callum Ilott 16 NC Ret 15 14 Ret 4 12 17 Ret 12 12 12 4 4 Ret 358
17   Alfonso Celis Jr. 8 7 8 DNS Ret DNS Ret 10 12 10 Ret 18 10 17 15 13 329
18   Nikita Mazepin Ret 13 Ret 13 16 15 11 Ret 8 13 10 17 15 20 Ret 11 304
19   Matteo Ferrer 14 16 11 Ret 15 NC Ret 15 13 Ret 17 9 Ret 16 13 7 286
20   Sérgio Sette Câmara 5 15 13 Ret 8 6 17 199
21   Dzhon Simonyan Ret Ret DNS DNS 18 Ret 8 NC Ret 55
Pos. Driver RUA TER HMP TAU MAN Points
Colour Result
Gold Winner
Silver 2nd place
Bronze 3rd place
Green Points finish
Blue Non-points finish
Non-classified finish (NC)
Purple Retired (Ret)
Red Did not qualify (DNQ)
Did not pre-qualify (DNPQ)
Black Disqualified (DSQ)
White Did not start (DNS)
Withdrew (WD)
Race cancelled (C)
Blank Did not participate (DNP)
Excluded (EX)

Bold – Pole
Italics – Fastest Lap

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l "Markelov e Stroll nella Toyota Racing Series" [Markelov and Stroll in the Toyota Racing Series]. Italiaracing (in Italian). Inpagina. 16 December 2014. Archived from the original on 17 December 2014. Retrieved 16 December 2014.
  2. ^ a b c "The names of the future — racing here today". Toyota Racing Series. 13 December 2014. Retrieved 16 December 2014.
  3. ^ Khorounzhiy, Valentin (4 December 2014). "FMCS champion Munro confirms Toyota Racing Series return". Paddock Scout. Retrieved 16 December 2014.
  4. ^ Khorounzhiy, Valentin (16 December 2014). "NZ Formula Ford champion Conroy joins Toyota Racing Series". Paddock Scout. Retrieved 16 December 2014.
  5. ^ Khorounzhiy, Valentin (6 December 2014). "Thomas Randle joins ETEC for 2015 Toyota Racing Series campaign". Paddock Scout. Retrieved 16 December 2014.
  6. ^ Khorounzhiy, Valentin (28 December 2014). "Karting star Ilott joins TRS for car debut". Paddock Scout. Retrieved 1 January 2015.
  7. ^ "TOYOTA RACING SERIES ANNOUNCES 2015 CHAMPIONSHIP CALENDAR". MotorSport New Zealand. 14 July 2014. Retrieved 23 September 2014.
  8. ^ "2015 Toyota Racing Series Championship Articles" (PDF). MotorSport New Zealand. MotorSport New Zealand Inc. p. 8. Archived from the original (PDF) on 21 January 2015. Retrieved 17 January 2015. 7.4.1 (b): The races available at Round 4 will be; Saturday afternoon – Race One and Race Two, Sunday afternoon – Race Three and Race Four.

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