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Lawson and Tsunoda lead the Toyotas to Teretonga

Liam Lawson

#1 Liam Lawson (NZL – M2 Competition Toyota FT-60)
Castrol Toyota Series position: 1st – 82 points – after 3 of 15 races

#33 Yuki Tsunoda (JAP – M2 Competition Toyota FT-60)
Castrol Toyota Series position: 3rd – 66 points – after 3 of 15 races

As winners at Highlands, Liam Lawson and Yuki Tsunoda are the men to watch this weekend in the second round of the Toyota Series, at Teretonga just outside Invercargill, the southern end of New Zealand. The Red Bull Juniors stand 1st and 3rd in the points table with Japanese 19-year-old Tsunoda just one point off 2nd*.

Lawson, the 17-year-old New Zealander, is obviously the man to beat, confident following his double victory in the opening round and knowing that there is more still to come from the new car and the way he exploits it.

Carry on winning for Lawson

"I'm very excited for the weekend," stated the reigning Toyota Series champion. "We obviously want to carry on from where we were at Highlands. This is another cool track, fast, I remember having so much fun here in my early days. I think the visitors will find it quite different, pretty unique and not really like a modern European circuit."

"We will continue work on the car of course, I can get more out of it and the main thing is going to be really nailing that Qualifying lap."

"I enjoyed the few days off, Yuki and I had a look round Queenstown doing the usual tourist things, I think he likes New Zealand," concluded the M2 Competition driver with his trademark broad smile.

Tsunoda refreshed and ready to win again for M2 Competition

"Teretonga is an interesting track," enthused Tsunoda. "High speed corners, especially the left hander off the main straight, just a couple of medium speed corners and it is quite short so I think lap times will be tight."

"Putting together the perfect lap will be difficult and important but I am ready for it, we had three days off doing some fun things and I am enjoying my time in New Zealand."

"We still need to work on the car and I will also improve, nothing specific we have to work on I think, just generally improvements in many things will make the difference," explained the Honda Formula Dream Project driver.


Teretonga weekend schedule – all times NZST (New Zealand Summer Time - CET+12)
Thursday 23rd January
13.15 - 1.45pm: Test Session 1
15.35 - 4.05pm: Test Session 2

Friday 24th January
10.25 - 10.55am: Practice 1
13.10 - 1.40pm: Practice 2
15.10 - 3.40pm: Practice 3

Saturday 25th January
11.00 - 11.15am: Qualifying 1
15.09: Race 1 (20 laps)

Sunday 26th January
9.35 - 9.50am: Qualifying 2
11.42: Race 2 (20 laps)
16.06: Race 3 (25 laps) Spirit of a Nation Cup

*Sunday's news release showed Tsunoda 2 points off 2nd but Igor Fraga was then demoted to 7th in the Race 2 result for making a false start. He lost 1 point.