Teenage racer Nic Jordan has signed to drive in the Toyota Racing Series this summer, ending a long 18-months of sitting on the sideline.
The last time Jordan raced was in a Formula 3 car at the Australian Grand Prix, Melbourne, but now has the chance to drive at home in the New Zealand Toyota one-make series.
Jordan, 18, shot to prominence when he claimed the Australian Formula3 Trophy class title in 2004. Lack of sponsorship funds kept the Waikato teenager at home this season.
Keen to race in the New Zealand Toyota series, Jordan’s supporters have secured major sponsorship from Altherm Aluminium Doors and Windows, enabling him to commit to the eight-round national series.
“I believe the Toyota Racing Cars are very different from a Formula 3 car, so I have been practising in a Formula Renault car at Ruapuna(Christchurch) to try and learn the driving style,” said Jordan.
Jordan says it’s great to be back behind the wheel of a single-seater racing car but admits he has a lot to learn before his debut in the Toyota cars at Pukekohe early November.
“I haven’t driven the Altherm Toyota car yet, but if the Renault is anything to go by, I’ve still got plenty to learn. Craig (Russell), my team manager says I’m getting up to speed so I can’t wait to try my new car at the official Toyota test day,” said Jordan.
The Toyota Racing (TRS) cars were first introduced to New Zealand two years ago and Jordan will race with Christchurch based Team Auto- Motion as one of their development drivers. His first chance to drive a TRS car will be at the official test day at Taupo’s new circuit on October 30. That will also be Jordan’s first drive on the circuit which hosts the A1GP cars in January.
The Altherm Toyota is powered by a 1.8-litre engine with all the racing engines coming from the Toyota Racing Series organisers to try an ensure performance parity. All the chassis’s are identical with over 20 cars now sold to New Zealand teams.
Highlights of the season include the New Zealand Grand Prix at Invercargill and the Lady Wigram Trophy meeting at Ruapuna, Christchurch, the track where Jordan made his ‘wings and slicks’
debut, racing a Formula 3 car.
Additional support for the Altherm Toyota has come from Waikato Toyota and Mak Performance Wheels.