New Zealand’s TRS lends W-series cars

W-series cars

Toyota Racing Series cars from New Zealand will fill the grid for two W-Series events this year.

Eighteen TRS vehicles will be sent to the Spanish Grand Prix in May and the Japanese Grand Prix in October, where the third and seventh races of the W Series season will be held.

Both competitions use the same Tatuus chassis, but different engines, and those sent from New Zealand will “retain their Toyota engines” for the Barcelona-Catalonia and Suzuka races.

The reason given for the move is logistical, in particular to reduce the carbon footprint of the W series.

“Toyota Gazoo Racing New Zealand (TGRNZ) will support the W Series with the logistics to bring the race cars to Formula 1 race weekends on two different continents in the most sustainable way during the 2022 season,” read the announcements of the two competitions.

The move allows the W-Series to send its cars from continent to continent by sea rather than by air, the latter of which would otherwise have been necessary given the short turnaround times to move from one continent to the next. continent to another.

The Barcelona event takes place a fortnight (Sunday to Sunday) after the season kicks off at the Grand Prix in Miami, North America, but six weeks before action resumes at the Grand Prix in Grande -Brittany.

Similarly, the Suzuka event is more than two months after the previous one, in Hungary, but only fifteen days before the United States Grand Prix.

Putting the cars on a boat rather than an airplane, as Formula 1 will do, not only reduces the environmental impact of the series, but would also result in a significant cost saving.

“It’s great that we’ve been able to come to an agreement with TGRNZ over the use of their cars,” said W Series Racing Director Dave Ryan.

“I would like to thank Andrew Davis and Nicolas Caillol for the enthusiastic and proactive way in which they approached this project, as well as Bob McMurray who did the first introduction between TGRNZ and ourselves.

“Setting up an international racing series is a complex and resource-intensive operation, as the W Series runs more races in a single season than ever before in 2022.

“It’s a good solution for the W Series as it prevents the use of air freight and allows us to run our support races across eight Formula 1 Grand Prix weekends in the most sustainable way.”

The Toyota racing series. Photo Bruce Jenkins

Caillol, Head of Category and Operations at TRS, explained, “We actually started talking about our collaboration in early 2020.

“With the pandemic canceling the 2020 season of the W series and reducing the scale of the 2021 season, the arrangement has been suspended until now.

“The main factors were freight logistics and costs for the W Series and with our cars not being used at this time of year it became clear that we would be able to help.

“We are currently in the process of having our 8AR engine homologated by the FIA ​​to allow our cars to compete in the W series.

“We very much hope it will be a win-win for both championships. We are all in the same boat as junior formula series around the world and we are delighted to be able to help.

“Of course we would like to see some of the riders racing in the W Series this year continue their association with the FT60s and travel to New Zealand to compete in 2023.

“Tatiana Calderon, Michella Cerruti and current Toyota 86 Championship drivers Chelsea Herbert and Christina Orr-West have all competed in Castrol TRS over the past few seasons.

“As part of the collaboration, we hope there will be opportunities in the future for Kiwi women to also participate in the W series.”

The arrangement is unusual, particularly given the use of different engines, but not entirely unique.

The Intercontinental GT Challenge, for example, works with the philosophy that a manufacturer can compete for titles using different teams/chassis around the world given the global nature of GT3 regulations.

Meanwhile, the W Series has also announced that its 2022 calendar will feature 10 races across its eight events, with those at the Miami and Mexico City Grands Prix to be double-headed.

Miami opens the season May 6-8, while TRS is set to return in early 2023 after this year’s season was canceled entirely.

2022 W Series Calendar

Races) Location Dated
1 2 Miami, United States May 6-8
3 Barcelona, ​​Spain May 20-22
4 Silverstone, United Kingdom July 1-3
5 Le Castellet, France July 22-24
6 Budapest, Hungary July 29-31
7 Suzuki, Japan October 7-9
8 Austin, United States October 21-23
9 ten Mexico City, Mexico October 28-30