High speed action continues at Teretonga

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The cars line up on the grid during this year's Toyota Racing Series round at Teretonga Park. Photo: Richard Dimmock

TERETONGA Park has retained a round of the Toyota Racing Series this summer despite the Highlands Motorsport Park at Cromwell also joining the list.

The Invercargill City Council, Invercargill Licensing Trust and Southland Sports Car Club last year united to pull together the funds to ensure Invercargill continued to attract New Zealand’s premier motorsport event to the city.

Teretonga Park’s spot was under threat as Highlands Motorsport Park owner Tony Quinn pushed for a round in Central Otago.

Mr Quinn has got his wish, with the Toyota Racing Series returning to Highlands Motorsport Park for the first time in five years next year.

Christchurch’s Ruapuna track has been omitted from the series, which again will be held in January and February. It will feature some of the world’s most promising motorsport talents.

“We’ve wanted to take the series back to Highlands,” Toyota New Zealand’s Motorsport manager Mark Whittaker said.

“The destination will be attractive to the international drivers who come here to get valuable testing and racing kilometres during the Northern Hemisphere winter.

“It’s appropriate our top motor racing series starts near the adventure capital of New Zealand – Queenstown,” Mr Whittaker said.

The Central Otago track will open the five-round championship between January 10 and 13.

It culminates with the 64th New Zealand Grand Prix at Circuit Chris Amon at Manfeild from February 7 to 10.

Invercargill’s round will be held from January 17 to 20.

The 2019 event will be the 15th year the Toyota Racing Series has been held.

Past competitors include current Formula One drivers Lance Stroll (2015 champion) and Brendon Hartley.

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