New Experience in New Zealand

2018 CAMS PAYCE Australian Formula 4 Champion Jayden Ojeda has steered one of his major prizes from winning this year’s title, a test day aboard a Toyota Racing Series car.

Held at Toyota Racing New Zealand’s headquarters at Hampton Downs, Ojeda cut laps aboard the FT-50 TRS.

Since clinching the 2018 title, Ojeda has kept himself occupied with tests so far in a Honda Civic TCR, historic Formula 2, a Brad Jones Racing Supercar and now a Toyota Racing Series car.

“It was an unreal experience driving the FT-50 TRS,” Ojeda said.

“It’s another step up from the Formula 4. The power and aero make it a unique and awesome car to drive.”

It was Ojeda’s second visit to New Zealand within a month, which holds positive memories for the New South Welshman after clinching the title at Pukekohe in the Formula 4 finale.

“On top of the adapting to a new car, I got to experience another track,” Ojeda said.

“Hampton Downs is an amazing track with awesome changes in elevation and unique character quirks that are second to none.

“Thank you to everyone from Formula 4 back home, along with Toyota Racing New Zealand for being so accommodating and professional.”

Though Ojeda is the first to physically drive a TRS out of the current Formula 4 field, some of his colleagues have confirmed their place on the 2019 grid.

Liam Lawson and Thomas Smith were confirmed in recent weeks to make a start, with Calan Williams the second Australian confirmed this week to join the summer series.