TradeZone and their supplier partners CRC, Hitachi, Fuller, Koken and Bahco will support the 16 - year - old as he embarks on his second season of motor racing and his first in New Zealand's premier open wheeler racing car category, the Toyota Racing Series.
Bamber comes into the series as the newly crowned Formula BMW Asia Series Champion, a title he won within his first twelve month's of racing following a career in karting. However Bamber is under no illusions about the calibre of competition in the Toyota Racing Series. The series is entering it's third season and drivers such as 2005/2006 Champion Daniel Gaunt, Christchurch driver Andy Knight and Ben Harford of Wellington have been driving these cars since the series began in January 2005.
"I'm definitely a rookie" said Bamber yesterday from Auckland as he prepares for the opening round of the championship. "There are some very quick guys and it will be a hard season. I'd just like to get through this first round. I'm really looking forward to it". Bamber say's it would be good to emerge from his first foray into this series as the top rookie.
Since returning from Asia Earl has managed a small amount of testing in the TradeZone Tatuus that he will race throughout the summer. "We went pretty good and made some steps forward", he say's. "The car is quite a bit different. It took a few laps to adjust to the way it moves around and handles. You have to hustle it along a bit more than the Formula BMW car I raced in Asia". The Tatuus is similar in the technique that you require though and driving the Formula BMW has helped me. With the help of Team Meritus we have moved forward", he adds.
Earl is pleased to have the support of TradeZone and their supplier partners. "It is great to have such powerful, renowned brands behind our race team" he say's.
TradeZone Industrial Group is a group of independent businesses that have come together to form a buying group that gives them the ability to compete with national corporations.
The businesses are all resellers of engineering equipment and tools. Collectively they are the biggest engineering supply group in New Zealand. The difference with this group is that they all individually own their own businesses. It is a bit of a crossover between a franchise and a co - operative.
They produce the Caliper Magazine, a two monthly publication featuring the latest in tools and equipment aimed at the tradesperson and serious DIY market. The group have 28 outlets nationwide.