Victory Motor Racing
There has been a long and illustrious association between Bowater Toyota and Victory Motor Racing. In 2004 the Toyota Racing Series (TRS) was launched and Victory Motor Racing made the move from GT and Touring cars to the highly competitive open wheel formula. The Toyota Racing Series is credited with providing a World Class format for local New Zealand and European drivers to hone their skills in a hotly contested racing environment.
We are pleased to be a driving force behind our very own local team, a team that has been doing well in the Toyota Racing Series for over a decade. Right back in the first series, when the team, and the series was in it's infancy, Bowater Toyota sponsored the engine. We have all come a long way since then, with the Victory Motor Racing team now fielding multiple cars and an international selection of drivers.
The 2013/14 season saw us step up again, with Bowater Toyota lending the team the use of a Isuzu Box Body Light Truck and a Toyota Hiace van to transport some of their gear and crew around as the series travelled the country.
For this year's 2015 TRS Race Season we have gone a step further with a Bowater Toyota mechanic, David Orr, and a Mag & Turbo tyre technician, Keith Bonnar, joining the Victory Racing team for the series. This is a huge opportunity for these lads, out on the race circuit for the best part of the summer, helping to keep these cars on the track and performing at race level, in the heat of battle.
Join us as we follow them on another exciting motor racing season.
This section of our website also documents some of the exciting projects we have been associated with aside from the Toyota Racing Series, like our sponsorship of Victory Motor Racing's Guy Griffith's Off Road endeavours in his bright orange highly modified Toyota Prado.
The makeup of the mix of drivers in the Toyota racing Series has definitely shifted over the years as the competition has seemingly become an incubator for young hotshots to hone their skills and improve their career paths.
This both helps and hinders the local drivers depending on what angle you choose to take. The team behind Victory Motor Racing have the best of both world's with young kiwi driver Michael Scott on board to represent!
Check out this video from Round Two of the Toyota Racing Series in Timaru, New Zealand as the cameras showcase the two young lions from New Zealand, Michael Scott and James Munro.
Victory Motor Racing's Damon Leitch in full flight in the 2014 season.
The very first International Motorsport Series contested in 2014 is the always exciting Toyota Racing Series, held over 5 consecutive weekends.
For the first time the Toyota Racing Series (TRS) program partly intersects with the brand new Toyota 86 series sponsored by Toyota Finance. The 86 series is spread over 6 months and logistics are relatively straightforward, but for the TRS program there is a massive exercise in mounting 5 events in 5 weekends.
Immediately following the final race on Sunday evening, rain, hail or shine (often all three at Teretonga) pack out starts, and once complete, the TRS circus and associated convoy, consisting of several shipping containers, race car transporter, hospitality truck, merchandise and show car trailers hits the road destined for setup at the next venue by Tuesday evening to be fully operational for crew and team breakfasts early on Wednesday morning. Part of this convoy is the Victory Motor Racing (VMR) team with their Bowater Toyota Box Body Gear Transporter, and the Toyota Hiace crew transport.
Guy Griffiths from VMR was stoked to have the additional support from Bowater Toyota and has kept us in the loop with a great array of images thus far, which we will share with you either here or on our Facebook Page, or both!