Seventeen-year-old motive force Charlie Wurtz will take on a brand new problem for the 2023 season, stepping as much as the Castrol Toyota FR Oceania Championship, with the Austrian travelling to New Zealand for the season opener.
Wurtz competed in 4 editions of System 4 within the 2022 season, claiming the identify in System 4 UAE, completing fourth in Italian System 4, competing in more than a few rounds in ADAC German System 4 and in the end, the Austrian dubbed in for a in poor health motive force for Campos Racing in Spanish System 4.
This extraordinarily tense but a hit season stuck the eye of M2 Festival, who’ve recruited Charlie for his or her 2023 Castrol Toyota FR Oceania Championship, the place he’ll race along teammates Callum Hedge and Ryder Quinn.
Wurtz made it transparent he’s having a look ahead to competing within the collection that has performed host to many nice drivers equivalent to Lando Norris, Lance Walk and Liam Lawson, “Ever since I will be able to consider my dad [Alex Wurz] has recounted tales of his time racing New Zealand, the way it used to be such the most important step in his occupation and what sort of he beloved it.
“I’m so excited with the intention to get started 2023 with this enjoy and a large thanks to TOYOTA GAZOO Racing and M2 for making this occur.”
Staff primary Mark Pilcher additionally believes this collection will likely be nice for Wurz’ occupation, “It’s nice Charlie can start his subsequent step in New Zealand and we welcome him aboard. Younger drivers from F4 have made this step with good fortune and we look ahead to serving to Charlie do the similar.”
The Castrol Toyota FR Oceania Championship, recognized previously because the Castrol Toyota Racing Collection – has not too long ago received standing with the FIA, changing into the Oceania version of its international System Regional programme and providing 18 Tremendous Licence issues for a championship win and issues right down to 9th position general.
It has proved well-liked for junior formulae drivers through the years as a result of its distinctive timing in the beginning of the 12 months, which is in the course of the New Zealand summer season and the northern hemisphere iciness. It races at tracks in each the South Island and the North Island and this season comprises probably the most southerly observe of all of them, Teretonga, Manfeild, Hampton Downs and Taupo in addition to Highlands on its agenda.
2023 Castrol Toyota System Regional Oceania Championship Time table – qualified through FIA
13-15 January 2023 – Highlands Motorsport Park
20-22 January 2023 – Teretonga Park Raceway
27-29 January 2023 – Manfeild – Circuit Chris Amon
3-5 February 2023 – Hampton Downs Global Motorsport Park
10-12 February 2023 – Taupo Global Motorsport Park