Mark Baker

Mark Baker has been working in automotive PR and communications for more than two decades. For much longer than that he has been a motorsport journalist, photographer and competitor, witness to most of the most exciting and significant motorsport trends and events of the mid-late 20th Century. His earliest memories of motorsport were trips to races at Ohakea in the early 1960s, and later of annual summer pilgrimages to watch Shellsport racers and Mini 7s at Bay Park and winter sorties into forests around Kawerau and Rotorua to see the likes of Russell Brookes, Ari Vatanen and Mike Marshall ply their trade in group 4 Escorts. Together with Murray Taylor and TV producer/director Dave Hedge he has been responsible for helping to build New Zealand’s unique Toyota Racing Series into a globally recognized event brand under category managers Barrie and Louise Thomlinson. Now working for a variety of automotive and mainstream commercial clients, Mark has a unique perspective on recent motor racing history and the future career paths of our best and brightest young racers.

Latest Posts:

Look back in History: Buller wins in Timaru (2009)

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Two British drivers came over to NZ compete in the 2008/09 Toyota Racing Series (3/5 rounds).  William Buller and Will…

Look back in history Sunday: 2013 Toyota Racing Series at Timaru

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This week we look back to the second round of the 2013 Toyota Racing Series held at the Timaru International…

A top five for 2018. Let’s do this!

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So a top five drivers for 2018. My turn to stick my head on the chopping block, I do hope…

New Asian Formula 3 series puts pressure on TRS

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The pressure is on at New Zealand’s premier single-seater category ahead of its five week, 15 race 2019 season with…

Optimist, pessimist or red mist?

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December, long after the traditional silly season, and until this week there was little to be cheerful about for our…

The rumour mill grinds on

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The 2019 Castrol Toyota Racing Series looks set to return to the spectacular glory days that were interrupted by this…

Lightning strikes: Formula E considers Auckland event

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The waterfront is buzzing with the prospect that the futuristic cars of all-electric Formula E Series could soon be seen…

Lawson shines bright

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The Castrol Toyota Racing Series has confirmed its worst kept secret – the commitment of quick Pukekohe teen Liam Lawson…

Prema for Armstrong? 2019 plans slowly take shape

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Meanwhile ‘our’ F3 star Marcus Armstrong may stick with Prema for 2019 and if so is likely to join Robert…

Sausage saviour: the worst crash, the best outcome

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Luck is a subjective term but the presence of a ‘blue sausage’ was clearly lucky for Floersch in her incredible…