Having won the 2010 New Zealand Grand Prix in February, Triple X Motorsport driver Earl Bamber has been focused on securing the Toyota Racing Series title being contested at the Taupo finale this weekend 19 – 21 March
Currently second overall after four of the five rounds, Bamber has an open mind at being able to overtake the current points leader Mitch Evans – who has shown bouts of inconsistency.
Racing the VnC Cocktails Mad Butcher Toyota F40 wings and slicks car, one of two run by the Auckland based Triple X Motorsport, Bamber has steadily improved during the quick-fire three-month season.
“Our first goal of the weekend is to work on getting the car right in early practise to give us the best ever chance of getting pole position in qualifying. Then all we can really do is win all three races and see what happens from there,” said the 19-year-old.
Trailing by 34 points with 75 on offer for a race win, Bamber says his plan with the Triple X Motorsport team played out at Manfeild by winning the coveted New Zealand Grand Prix crown – something he aims to repeat this weekend.
“We’ve got a plan and a couple little bits we’re working on, then we should be right there.”
“I enjoy racing at Taupo; it offers up quite a few passing opportunities, although I haven’t raced there for two years to be honest.”
Similarly, New Plymouth apprentice mechanic Stefan Webling will also be looking for the short way round the 3.5 kilometre circuit, having only ever raced the venue in a Formula Ford. Sharing in the data and technical resources of the team, Webling has shadowed Bamber in his rookie season to hasten his initial learning curve.
Having shown front-pack pace, Webling’s Horizon Energy Services Miles Toyota is intent on pulling together this season’s knowledge for a personal best at the weekend finale.
With two timed practise sessions on Friday, Saturday morning’s 20 minute qualifying session will decide the grid for the first two races. The Saturday afternoon race is over 15 laps, with the Denny Hulme Memorial race covering 20-laps on the Sunday morning, followed by a ten lap race late in the afternoon.
Points: 2010 Toyota Racing Series after round four (of five) - top eight.
1 Mitch Evans Auckland 721
2 Earl Bamber, Triple X Motorsport, Wanganui, 687
3 Sten Pentus, Estonia, 660
4 Andrew Waite, Auckland, 626
5 Lucas Foresti, Brazil, 536
6 Daniel Jileson, Taumaruni, 529
7 Alastair Wootten, Auckland, 494
8 Stefan Webling, Triple X Motorsport, New Plymouth, 448