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Gregoire Saucy lands Giles Motorsport Toyota Racing Series drive

by Ida Wood

Photo: DPPI / Renault Sport Series

Swiss racer Gregoire Saucy has become the fourth driver to sign for Giles Motorsport in the 2020 Toyota Racing Series.

The 19-year-old has raced in Formula Renault since 2016, starting in the VdeV Single-Seater Challenge before moving on to the Formula Renault Eurocup in its 2.0-litre and then Regional Formula 3 guises.

His best result during that time were three second-place finishes behind Alex Peroni at Magny-Cours in his VdeV season, and also has two podiums across 58 starts in ADAC and Italian Formula 4.

“The objective of the season in TRS is to prepare as well as possible for 2020 and to maximise my own progress,” Saucy said.

“And of course, to be at the front as well. It’s going to be an exciting few weeks in New Zealand but I hope to learn a lot and do well.”

Giles Motorsport, fronted by former Formula 1 engineer Stephen Giles, has won 60 TRS races (including two non-championship races with Richie Stanaway at Hamilton Street Circuit in 2009) and has claimed four titles with Mitch Cunningham, Mitch Evans (twice) and Nick Cassidy.

This year’s edition of the championsip marked the first time it had failed to win a race since 2008, with best finishes of second place courtesy of Sauber junior Raoul Hyman and Petr Ptacek.

It has already signed three other drivers alongside Saucy for the 2020 season: FIA F3 Championship racer and 2018 ADAC F4 champion Lirim Zendeli, prototype sportscar racer Henning Enqvist and local star Chelsea Herbert, who races in New Zealand’s equivalent to Australian Supercars.