- Liam Lawson
- Date of Birth:
- 1m 71cm
- Resides in:
- Pukekohe, Auckland, New Zealand
- Born in:
- Hastings, New Zealand
- Driver since:
Liam is a quick learner, he has won on debut in every category he has raced: Formula First, Formula Ford, Formula 4, Formula 3 Asia and the Toyota Racing Series where he also completed the series as champion this February in New Zealand, the day before his seventeenth birthday.
Winning from early age - 2012 NZ CIK championship win - Cadet class
His has been an impressive development certainly, all the more so because he does not come from a racing background. "My family was not previously involved in motorsport. My interest was first sparked when I was born and I used to sit with my Dad watching the racing. When I was six years old, I was given my first go kart."
Photo at home after Cadet CIK win 2012
Things got rolling pretty quickly and from then on his family played a big part. "They have always been a massive part of my racing with their continued support which has been second to none."
"They have made huge sacrifices for my career which I will forever be grateful for as there is no way I would be where I am now without them. My Dad used to work on my Kart when I was racing, despite having no previous knowledge. This meant that he had to learn fast."
He first raced karts aged seven, the Cadets class at Mt Wellington Kart Club. At thirteen he started racing formula cars, Formula First.
Formula First 2015, Speedsport scholarship winner
He has had a huge amount of success including taking second in last years ADAC F4 series in Germany.
Liam was invited by Pinnacle Motorsport to contest the final round of the 2018 Asian Formula 3 Championship in the new 'halo-style' car. Liam took pole for both races by significant margins and victory in all 3 races.
He still loves racing at home as well and won the 64th New Zealand Grand Prix to clinch the Toyota series and that championship produced what he things of as his best race to date. "Round one, race three. This race was wet but a drying track and I started the race P3 and had Marcus Armstrong and Lucas Auer in front. I made two big passes and won the race by ten seconds. I felt very comfortable whilst getting faster and faster throughout the race."
Not surprisingly he pics the venue for that performance as his favourite race track. "Highlands is a fast paced track that requires a lot of courage to take on. I enjoy the character this track has with bumps, camber, and elevation. T3 is a very long corner with a wall following the whole turn. T12 is a fast chicane leading straight on to a bridge that requires the car to be straight before approaching the crest as the cars are able to get air."
"Going into the 2019 season in Europe, I'm set on getting in the top three for Formula European Masters. My end goal is Formula One World Champion." With that goal he hopes to exceed the achievements of his motorsports heroes, Richie Stanaway, Brendon Hartley and Kenny Smith who has been his mentor.
Winning at home, Toyota Racing Series 2019
Liam was still waiting to celebrate his second birthday when Kiwi motorsport legend Kenny Smith won his last New Zealand Grand Prix. Smith won his first NZ Grand Prix back in 1976 and was competing for the 48th time when Lawson won this year.
From those early beginnings, watching with Dad, Liam has totally fallen in love with the sport, the racing and winning, setting up the car, working with the team, getting the best out of the car even if it is not possible to win. "All of that is what really ensures my continued love of racing. It is something I find difficult to explain."
• 1st Castrol Toyota Racing Series (M2 Competition Toyota) 15 races - 5 wins, 11 podiums
• 1st New Zealand Grand Prix (M2 Competition Toyota)
• 2nd ADAC Formula 4 - 5 wins - 13 podiums - Team: Van Amersfoort Racing
• 8th F3 Asian Championship Contested 3 races - 3 wins
• 1st NZ Formula F1600 Championship Series - 15 pole positions 14 wins and 1 x 2nd
• 2nd CAMS Jayco Australian Formula 4 Championship - 21 races - 5 wins - 13 podiums - Team: BRM
• 6th Hi.Q Components NZ Formula First Championship
• 1st Formula First Manfeild Winter Series
• 6th Formula First Series - Rookie of the Year
• 3rd Kartsport NZ National Sprint Championship - Junior Rotax class
• 11th Kartsport NZ National Sprint Championship - 100cc Junior Yamaha class
• 1st Kartsport NZ National Sprint Championship - 100cc Junior Restricted Yamaha class
• 1st Kartsport NZ Schools Championship - 100cc Junior Restricted
• 1st NZ CIK Championship - Junior Restricted
• 2nd Kartsport NZ Schools Championship - 100cc Junior Restricted
• 5th Kartsport NZ National Sprint Championship - 100cc Junior Restricted Yamaha class
• 1st NZ CIK Championship - Cadet Class
• 3rd Kartsport NZ National Sprint Championship - Cadet class
• 8th Kartsport NZ Schools Championship - 100cc Junior Restricted
• 12th Kartsport NZ National Sprint Championship - Cadet class
• 13th Kartsport NZ Schools Championship - Cadet class