2018 Toyota Racing Series

2018 Toyota Racing Series
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The 2018 Castrol Toyota Racing Series was the fourteenth running of the Toyota Racing Series, the premier open-wheel motorsport category held in New Zealand. The series consisted of fifteen races at five meetings. It began on 13 January at Ruapuna Park in Christchurch, and concluded on 11 February with the 63rd running of the New Zealand Grand Prix, at Circuit Chris Amon in Feilding.

M2 Competition driver Robert Shwartzman won the title, being the only driver who finished in the top-five every race of the season.[1] His teammates (and series returnees) Richard Verschoor and Marcus Armstrong had more podium finishes and race wins, but were not as consistent as Shwartzman. Another M2 driver Juan Manuel Correa raced his first season in the series, but was not considered as a rookie due to his GP3 Series experience, and he won races at Teretonga and Taupo; he finished fourth in the standings.[2][3] Giles Motorsport driver Clement Novalak was the highest placed rookie who conformed series regulations, winning races at Teretonga and Hampton Downs and completed the top-five in the championship.[4][5]

Teams and driversEdit

Team No. Driver Status Rounds
Giles Motorsport 4   Reid Harker[6] R All
17   Clément Novalak[7] R All
MTEC Motorsport 5   Ryan Yardley R All
11   Taylor Cockerton All
52   Charles Milesi[8] [N 1] All
M2 Competition 7   Richard Verschoor[9] All
9   Marcus Armstrong[10] All
15   James Pull[11] [N 1] All
35   Robert Shwartzman[12] [N 1] All
68   Juan Manuel Correa[13] [N 1] All
Victory Motor Racing 28   Cameron Das [N 1] All
44   Calvin Ming R 1–3
47   Ken Smith 5
86   Brendon Leitch[14] All

Race calendar and resultsEdit

The calendar for the series was announced on 22 June 2017, and was held over five successive weekends in January and February.[15]

Round Date Circuit Pole position Fastest lap Winning driver Winning team Round winner(s) Report
1 R1 13 January Mike Pero Motorsport Park, Christchurch   Robert Shwartzman   Robert Shwartzman   Richard Verschoor M2 Competition   Marcus Armstrong Report
R2 14 January   Richard Verschoor   Marcus Armstrong M2 Competition
R3   Robert Shwartzman   Marcus Armstrong   Marcus Armstrong M2 Competition
2 R1 20 January Teretonga Park, Invercargill   Clément Novalak   Clément Novalak   Richard Verschoor M2 Competition   Marcus Armstrong Report
R2 21 January   Clément Novalak   Juan Manuel Correa M2 Competition
R3   Marcus Armstrong   Clément Novalak   Clément Novalak Giles Motorsport
3 R1 27 January Hampton Downs Motorsport Park, Waikato   Richard Verschoor   Richard Verschoor   Richard Verschoor M2 Competition   Richard Verschoor Report
R2 28 January   Juan Manuel Correa   Clément Novalak Giles Motorsport
R3   Richard Verschoor   Robert Shwartzman   Richard Verschoor M2 Competition
4 R1 3 February Bruce McLaren Motorsport Park, Taupo   Juan Manuel Correa   Juan Manuel Correa   Juan Manuel Correa M2 Competition   Richard Verschoor Report
R2 4 February   Brendon Leitch   Brendon Leitch Victory Motor Racing
R3   Robert Shwartzman   Robert Shwartzman   Robert Shwartzman M2 Competition
5 R1 10 February Circuit Chris Amon, Feilding   Richard Verschoor   Richard Verschoor   Richard Verschoor M2 Competition   Richard Verschoor Report
R2 11 February   Brendon Leitch   Brendon Leitch Victory Motor Racing
R3   Richard Verschoor   Richard Verschoor   Richard Verschoor M2 Competition

Championship standingsEdit

In order for a driver to score championship points, they have 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   Robert Shwartzman 2 3 2 2 4 4 4 2 3 4 5 1 2 4 2 916
2   Richard Verschoor 1 2 Ret 1 6 3 1 5 1 3 3 3 1 3 1 911
3   Marcus Armstrong 3 1 1 3 3 2 2 3 2 5 4 2 5 5 7 901
4   Juan Manuel Correa 10 6 8 6 1 7 3 4 4 1 9 4 6 6 4 756
5   Clément Novalak 4 10 6 4 5 1 5 1 9 10 10 Ret 3 2 6 711
6   James Pull 5 11 3 5 2 6 7 7 5 2 8 7 8 8 10 692
7   Brendon Leitch 12 Ret 4 7 8 5 9 6 Ret 8 1 5 4 1 5 634
8   Reid Harker 8 8 12 8 13 10 6 9 12 6 7 12 9 9 9 538
9   Ryan Yardley 13 9 9 12 11 13 13 10 11 7 2 9 7 12 8 525
10   Taylor Cockerton 6 4 11 11 10 12 8 8 10 9 6 9 10 10 Ret 514
11   Charles Milesi 9 7 5 13 12 11 10 Ret 6 11 12 8 12 11 3 504
12   Cameron Das 11 Ret 7 9 7 8 11 Ret 7 Ret 11 6 11 7 11 438
13   Calvin Ming 7 5 10 10 9 9 12 11 10 320
14   Ken Smith 13 13 12 80
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

Rookie

FootnotesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e Under the series' sporting regulations, not considered as Rookie because of his previous racing experience

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Waring, Bethonie (11 February 2018). "Shwartzman nicks TRS title from Ferrari stable-mate Armstrong in late drama". formulascout.com. Formula Scout. Retrieved 11 February 2018.
  2. ^ Waring, Bethonie (20 January 2018). "Juan Manuel Correa wins TRS Teretonga reversed-grid race". formulascout.com. Formula Scout. Retrieved 11 February 2018.
  3. ^ Waring, Bethonie (11 February 2018). "Juan Manuel Correa controls Taupo Toyota Racing Series opener". formulascout.com. Formula Scout. Retrieved 3 February 2018.
  4. ^ Waring, Bethonie (21 January 2018). "Novalak beats Armstrong to win Teretonga TRS feature race". formulascout.com. Formula Scout. Retrieved 11 February 2018.
  5. ^ Waring, Bethonie (11 February 2018). "Novalak takes second Toyota Racing Series win in Hampton Downs reversed-grid race". formulascout.com. Formula Scout. Retrieved 11 February 2018.
  6. ^ "Albany racer Reid Harker steps up to Castrol Toyota Racing Series title". 16 November 2017. Retrieved 16 November 2017.
  7. ^ "Clement Novalak hoping to replicate karting success in Toyota Racing Series". 17 October 2017. Retrieved 17 October 2017.
  8. ^ "Charles Milesi and Theo Coicaud heading to New Zealand for the Toyota Racing Series". 7 November 2017. Retrieved 8 November 2017.
  9. ^ "Richard Verschoor to return to Toyota Racing Series with M2 | Formula Scout". www.formulascout.com. Retrieved 2017-12-15.
  10. ^ "FORMULA 4 CHAMP MARCUS ARMSTRONG BACK FOR TOYOTA RACING SERIES TILT". 9 November 2017. Retrieved 9 November 2017.
  11. ^ "James Pull runner-up in British F3 for Toyota Racing Series". Retrieved 12 December 2017.
  12. ^ "RUSSIAN FERRARI JUNIOR HEADING DOWN UNDER FOR TOYOTA RACING SERIES". Retrieved 18 December 2017.
  13. ^ "American driver for Toyota Racing Series". 14 November 2017. Retrieved 14 November 2017.
  14. ^ "Southland driver Brendon Leitch targets 2018 Toyota Racing Series". 3 October 2017. Retrieved 17 October 2017.
  15. ^ "Toyota Racing Series reveals 2018 schedule". Motorsport.com. 22 June 2017. Retrieved 13 January 2018.

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