Leading Castrol Toyota Racing Series (TRS) squad MTEC Motorsport will make their first start in Australia for round one of the CAMS PAYCE Australian Formula 4 Championship.
The season opener will take place this month as part of the Formula 1 Rolex Australian Grand Prix 2019, with MTEC fielding two cars for New Zealanders and TRS regulars Ryan Yardley and Taylor Cockerton.
Formed in 2017, MTEC is an amalgamation of New Zealand’s ETEC Motorsport and Australia’s Minda Motorsport teams. MTEC enlists the expertise of local and international staff within their team, to compete at the highest level with team owner Bruin Beasley at the forefront.
Minda Motorsport specialised in driver development, and was previously entrusted to run the CAMS Rising Star program. With extensive experience in Australian GT, Formula Ford and the Super2 Series, the team’s impressive alumni include Supercars racers Jack Le Brocq, Garry Jacobson, Macauley Jones, Tim Slade, and Cameron Waters among others.
Most recently, Beasley has been at the forefront of Erebus Motorsport’s rise in the Supercars Championship as part of the team’s management.
“After recently completing the 2019 Castrol Toyota Racing Series, we’re excited to bring our wealth of experience to Australian Formula 4,” Beasley said.
“There’s no doubt the Australian Grand Prix is a must-do event for any young driver, and we’re looking forward to providing that opportunity to Ryan Yardley and Taylor Cockerton.”
CAMS General Manager of Motor Sport Michael Smith welcomed the arrival of MTEC Motorsport to the championship.
“With the recent success of Liam Lawson overseas, we’re also excited to welcome a new batch of New Zealanders to take on the quickest Australian youngsters in Formula 4,” Smith said.
“The Australian Grand Prix is the prime location for drivers from Australia and New Zealand to impress in front of a local and global audience.”
Yardley was most recently the 2016 & 2017 Toyota 86 Champion, and voted as the most improved driver in New Zealand’s Toyota Racing Series earlier this year.
Cockerton was the 2017 Formula Masters Asian Series champion, New Zealand’s 2014 & 2015 Formula Ford Champion, and has competed in the Toyota Racing Series with MTEC since 2016.
The Australian Grand Prix weekend will commence from Thursday 14 March, with three races across Friday, Saturday and Sunday.