Mitch Cunningham’s focus at Manfeild this weekend is firmly on increasing his Toyota Racing Series lead, despite both the New Zealand Grand Prix and Dan Higgins Memorial trophies being up for grabs
"It's the biggie as far as the trophies go, that's for sure,” he says. “And like anyone, I guess, I'd like to have the New Zealand Grand Prix on my CV, but the championship's our ultimate focus so that's what I'll be thinking about.”
Aucklander Cunningham leads by 157 points from Australian Scott Pye with Manawatu’s Sam MacNeill 17 points further back.
The TRS cars contest the 20-lap Dan Higgins Memorial trophy race on Saturday, a 10-lapper on Sunday morning, and the New Zealand Grand Prix on Sunday afternoon.
"If I learnt anything there last year it was that as a circuit Manfeild really punishes you if you make a mistake,” Cunningham says.
“It'll reward you if you can get and stay on the limit but it can just as quickly bite you if you get something wrong. The alligator kerbs they've got there are really hard on the car, and there always seems to be a lot of debris off-line for some reason."