We now have a serious series

| Photographer Credit: Bruce Jenkins

The announcement that Austrian driver Lucas Auer will contest the 2019 Toyota Racing Series is fantastic news and immediately raises the level of competition we will see at the five round championship that gets underway at Highlands Motorsport Park 11-13 January.

He’s the thirteenth driver announcement and now we have a serious competition. Up until his signing arguably we had just a field of single seater drivers. Auer returns to NZ having competed in the TRS in 2012 and 2013. He knows the tracks, the weather and the intensity of five consecutive rounds. New to him is the currently FT50 Toyota car having previously driven the FT40.

Auer, along with Kiwi drivers’ Liam Lawson and Brendon Leitch will raise the level of competition. We should expect more signings to be released and knowing that Auer will be on the grid may determine an even greater level of competition heading down under.

Auer has since spent the last four years campaigning in the Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters (DTM) and is set to return to single seaters, having recently tested in the Japanese Super Formula test alongside Brit Dan Ticktum.

It is reported that he is likely to compete in the 2019 Super Formula Series with B-Max Racing Team.

The 2019 season is shaping up to be a good one!

Benjamin Carrell

Benjamin Carrell is a freelance motorsport writer and currently edits both talkmotorsport.co.nz and nzmotorracing.co.nz. He writes a weekly motorsport column for Stuff as well as writing for a number of Kiwi drivers and motorsport clubs. That's when he's not working in his horticultural day-job or training for the next road or mtb cycle race!

http://nzmotorracing.co.nz

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