Young Kiwis set their sights on motorsport glory

Young Kiwis set their sights on motorsport glory

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A brand new Hamilton-based motor racing team launched this week is aiming to help talented young people make it in motorsport – in and out of the car.

TSR is the brainchild of Motorsport Company Sponsorship Manager Geoff Short, and it will start its first season with two of New Zealand’s most talented young drivers in the car.

TSR has a clear philosophy for providing a platform in which young people can excel. It is investing not only in young drivers, but also in young people in a variety of areas where experience within the competitive and demanding world of motor sport will set them apart.

“We’re not afraid to try new things and that’s what makes us an interesting project,” explained Short. “For example, we will be running two French made Mygale chassis in Formula Ford. These designs have dominated the category in series all around the world, but nobody has yet committed to running them in the New Zealand MTA Formula Ford Championship. We will be first to do that.”

The team undertook a shakedown test of one of its new Mygale chassis at Taupo recently, overseen by engineers from the factory agent in Australia and Stephen Giles, the vastly experienced engineer who was McLaren’s Number One mechanic for 10 years.

In Richie Stanaway and Martin Short, the team have two talented drivers who are destined for successful long term futures in the sport.

Stanaway is just 16 but is already the SpeedSport Scholarship winner and a member of Motorsport New Zealand’s Elite Academy. He joins the team on the back of a highly promising rookie season in Formula First where he finished third in the championship. Short (17) will dovetail his racing in New Zealand with a parallel programme in the Australian series, where he will also race a Mygale with support from Mygale Australia. He is a multiple karting champion and finished fifth in the Rotax World Championship in Portugal last year against 68 other young drivers.

Chief mechanic Natan Latham is another young talent to join the team. At just 23, he has extensive experience as a mechanic in Formula First for Sabre Motorsport.

The team will be managed by motor cross racer Matt Taylor, who has worked on the A1GP at Taupo and as one of the organisers of Hamilton’s annual rowing Great Race. Off the track – he believes the team can offer new dimensions for partners and sponsors.

“Investing in New Zealand’s young talent is a key philosophy of this team and we believe that’s a message many partners would want to share with us and be part of,” he said. “Too often an investor pays large amounts and gets very little in return, but TSR has structured itself differently right from the outset. As well as promoting youth and providing a great promotional project, we genuinely want our partners to live and breath the motor sport experience. We have, for example, invested in a V8 simulator and a fleet of high performance go karts which our partners can utilise for their own marketing, staff or customer events under our guidance and with technical input from our drivers and engineers. That’s unique in itself in New Zealand motor sport.

“We’re also aiming to announce some interesting partnerships which will demonstrate our commitment to youth development and that’s another first.

“And if anyone believes that we are more interested in the marketing and sponsorship side of the sport, they only need to look at the drivers we have engaged and the cars we have chosen. That should prove to them we are clearly in it to win — and winning is the final and vital ingredient for any partner.”

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A brand new Hamilton-based motor racing team launched this week is aiming to help talented young people make it in motorsport – in and out of the car.

TSR is the brainchild of Motorsport Company Sponsorship Manager Geoff Short, and it will start its first season with two of New Zealand’s most talented young drivers in the car.

TSR has a clear philosophy for providing a platform in which young people can excel. It is investing not only in young drivers, but also in young people in a variety of areas where experience within the competitive and demanding world of motor sport will set them apart.

“We’re not afraid to try new things and that’s what makes us an interesting project,” explained Short. “For example, we will be running two French made Mygale chassis in Formula Ford. These designs have dominated the category in series all around the world, but nobody has yet committed to running them in the New Zealand MTA Formula Ford Championship. We will be first to do that.”

The team undertook a shakedown test of one of its new Mygale chassis at Taupo recently, overseen by engineers from the factory agent in Australia and Stephen Giles, the vastly experienced engineer who was McLaren’s Number One mechanic for 10 years.

In Richie Stanaway and Martin Short, the team have two talented drivers who are destined for successful long term futures in the sport.

Stanaway is just 16 but is already the SpeedSport Scholarship winner and a member of Motorsport New Zealand’s Elite Academy. He joins the team on the back of a highly promising rookie season in Formula First where he finished third in the championship. Short (17) will dovetail his racing in New Zealand with a parallel programme in the Australian series, where he will also race a Mygale with support from Mygale Australia. He is a multiple karting champion and finished fifth in the Rotax World Championship in Portugal last year against 68 other young drivers.

Chief mechanic Natan Latham is another young talent to join the team. At just 23, he has extensive experience as a mechanic in Formula First for Sabre Motorsport.

The team will be managed by motor cross racer Matt Taylor, who has worked on the A1GP at Taupo and as one of the organisers of Hamilton’s annual rowing Great Race. Off the track – he believes the team can offer new dimensions for partners and sponsors.

“Investing in New Zealand’s young talent is a key philosophy of this team and we believe that’s a message many partners would want to share with us and be part of,” he said. “Too often an investor pays large amounts and gets very little in return, but TSR has structured itself differently right from the outset. As well as promoting youth and providing a great promotional project, we genuinely want our partners to live and breath the motor sport experience. We have, for example, invested in a V8 simulator and a fleet of high performance go karts which our partners can utilise for their own marketing, staff or customer events under our guidance and with technical input from our drivers and engineers. That’s unique in itself in New Zealand motor sport.

“We’re also aiming to announce some interesting partnerships which will demonstrate our commitment to youth development and that’s another first.

“And if anyone believes that we are more interested in the marketing and sponsorship side of the sport, they only need to look at the drivers we have engaged and the cars we have chosen. That should prove to them we are clearly in it to win — and winning is the final and vital ingredient for any partner.”

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