Yuki Tsunoda & Liam Lawson

Tsunoda & Lawson charge to TRS half way at Hampton Downs

#1 Liam Lawson (NZL – M2 Competition Toyota FT-60)
Castrol Toyota Series position: 1st – 153 points – after 6 of 15 races

#33 Yuki Tsunoda (JAP – M2 Competition Toyota FT-60)
Castrol Toyota Series position: 4th – 112 points – after 6 of 15 races

6 races down and 9 to go, Liam Lawson heads the Toyota Racing Series for M2 Competition. Team mate and fellow Red Bull Junior Yuki Tsunoda lies 4th but has his eyes set on the top 2 in the title chase.

The new FT-60 is providing plenty of excitement and ample challenges for the teams seeking the set-up sweet spot every weekend.

Lawson after the title double

"We've had a good start to the series," stated the 17-year-old New Zealander who leads by 18 points after 3 wins. "But as last weekend showed, things can very easily and very quickly go wrong and it can be for reasons outside your control. We were lucky to be able to turn things around so we've got to really minimise the possibility of things going against us."

"Obviously the car is good otherwise we couldn't have done what we did at Teretonga but we are still learning with it. We've got a good base setting but all the tracks in the series are quite different and we've varied from that base setting quite a bit."

"I expect Hampton Downs will be the same, it's a track I enjoy, it's short but there is plenty of interest, elevation and camber changes that are a challenge, so there is plenty of work to do when we start testing on Thursday," added the reigning champion.

Tsunoda has made a good start but chases improvement

"The track looks good," enthused the 19-year-old Japanese. "More like a European track I think and it looks a bit wider that Teretonga so I should find it easier to adapt."

"I didn't have a good event last weekend, this weekend can be better and I am determined to regain 3rd position in the championship and I should be in the top 2."

"We are still working on car setting, still learning about the car. The team is working well, sharing the settings between the drivers so we can all move forward as the car is new to everyone."

"So we can get improvements from me and the car," asserted the Honda Formula Dream Project driver who is 6 points off 3rd in the title chase.


Hampton Downs weekend schedule – all times NZST (New Zealand Summer Time - CET+12)
Thursday 30th January
15.55 - 16.25: Test Session 1
17.55 - 18.25: Test Session 2

Friday 31st January
10.40 - 11.10: Practice 1
13.55 - 14.25: Practice 2
16.10 - 16.40: Practice 3

Saturday 1st February
11.10 - 11.25: Qualifying 1
15.46: Race 1 (20 laps)

Sunday 2nd February
9.26 - 10.41: Qualifying 2
11.51: Race 2 (20 laps)
16.32: Race 3 (25 laps) Denny Hulme Memorial Trophy