The 2016 Toyota Racing Series will begin next weekend with a field of 19 cars at Ruapuna.
With last year’s dominant team M2 Competition having already completed its six-driver line-up, the Giles Motorsport and ETEC Motorsport outfits have also had their full rosters confirmed.
They will race alongside returning New Zealander James Munro, Austrian Formula Renault 2.0 racer Ferdinand Habsburg, Polish Euroformula Open driver Antoni Ptak and Dapero’s Juncos team-mate, American Will Owen.
New Zealand Formula Ford champion Taylor Cockerton, whose plans to enter TRS were revealed in July, will race for ETEC, alongside French Pro Mazda driver Timothe Buret and Brazilian F3 competitor Rodrigo Baptista.
Completing ETEC’s line-up is American Theo Bean, a 23-year-old whose background is in historic racing but is part of the same management stable as Owen.
Taking the entry list up to 19 as a late addition is local driver Brendon Leitch, who will continue for a third season with Victory Motor Racing alongside Brazilian FR2.0 driver Bruno Baptista and German karting graduate Julian Hanses.
Leitch’s brother Damon seems set not take part in TRS for the first time since his 2011 debut, after five successive top-eight campaigns.
The grid size is one fewer than in 2015 after a deal for Kiwi Jamie Conroy (a reverse-grid race-winner with M2 last year) to return fell through.
M2’s 2016 line-up consists of double Brazilian F3 champion Pedro Piquet, MSA Formula champion Lando Norris, his new FR2.0 team-mate and Force India junior Jehan Daruvala, Ferrari’s Chinese protege Guan Yu Zhou, GP2 racer Artem Markelov and Van Amersfoort Formula 4 driver Kami Laliberte.
Toyota Racing Series 2016 entry list
|ETEC Motorsport||4. Theo Bean||11. Taylor Cockerton|
|13. Rodrigo Baptista||26. Timothe Buret|
|M2 Competition||5. Pedro Piquet||6. Jehan Daruvala|
|10. Artem Markelov||15. Kami Laliberte|
|31. Lando Norris||33. Guan Yu Zhou|
|Giles Motorsport||17. Devlin DeFrancesco||21. Nicolas Dapero|
|23. Will Owen||40. James Munro|
|62. Ferdinand Habsburg||67. Antoni Ptak|
|Victory Motor Racing||18. Julian Hanses||25. Bruno Baptista|
|86. Brendon Leitch|