Toyota Racing Series driver Earl Bamber has been honing his race skills during the New Zealand off season by taking in a couple of rounds of the Renault V6 Asia series with Team Meritus, the outfit that ran him in Formula BMW Asia last season.
In his opening outing, at Sepang, he qualified on pole but retired from the main race with a blown engine.
In his second run, at Sentul, he qualified second after only 15 laps of practice and eventually finished fifth.
He then flew to the United States where he spent three weeks staying with NASCAR team boss Richard Childress in North Carolina. Richard Childress Racing runs drivers Jeff Burton, Kevin Harvick and Clint Bower.
Although no deals have been finalised, Bamber says he has some “exciting opportunities opening up’’ in Asia because of his success in Formula BMW last season.
Bamber intends to contest the New Zealand Toyota Racing Series this season and he has been mooted as a replacement for Shane Van Gisbergen in the ultra-successful International Motorsport/Giltrap set-up.
But ESWA Racing, the team he raced with last season, has a stronger engineering line-up for this season and is keen to retain Bamber.