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Toyota Racing Series picks Pukehoke for New Zealand Motor Cup

by Ida Wood

Photo: Toyota Racing New Zealand

Toyota Racing Series has announced that Pukehoke will be the location of the New Zealand Motor Cup in 2020.

The championship’s five-round calendar had been released with no circuit named for the February 8-9 date, the penultimate round of the season that awards the NZMC.

Pukehoke is situated about 40km south of Aukland on New Zealand’s North Island, and was a staple on the TRS calendar from 2005-’07. Its last appearance was as the 2009 season finale.

“With a brand new car, engine and tyre package these are exciting times for the Toyota Racing Series and we are absolutely delighted, and excited, to be taking the new generation series to Pukekohe Park,” said category manager Nicolas Caillol.

“There is an awful lot of history attached to this event and the new generation of car should be quite something around the circuit.”

In May of this year, the recently retired Tatuus FT-50 car ran at the circuit, with the decision being made that races will run using the chicane that interrupts the back straight. Resurfacing will also take place on the pit straight.

The NZMC was first ran at Pukehoke in 1963, at which point it was still switching between being being a single-seater or sportscar event, and was first awarded in a TRS race in 2006.

Winners include Formula 1 world champions John Surtees, Jack Brabham, Jackie Stewart, Graham Hill and Keke Rosberg, as well as New Zealand motorsport greats Brunce McLaren, Chris Amon, Mitch Evans, Kenny Smith and Nick Cassidy. This year’s edition was won by Ferrari junior Marcus Armstrong.

The final TRS race of the weekend at Pukehoke will be, as per usual, the one handing out the NZMC title.