NZ Formula First excited to race at NZGP event

The Hi-Q Components NZ Formula First Championship is excited to be joining the support card for the 66th running of the New Zealand Grand Prix. The race is one of only two officially FIA-recognised Grand Prix outside of the Formula 1 World Championship.

After a 12-year stint at Manfeild Circuit Chris Amon, the New Zealand Grand was today confirmed to be on the move to Waikato’s Hampton Downs Motorsport Park on 24 January 2021. It will also mark the first time that the longer, more challenging 4km international circuit layout will be used by a domestic championship event, including by the NZ Formula First Championship.

The NZ Formula First Championship has a strong connection to the New Zealand Grand Prix. The junior single-seater championship is often the starting place for aspiring kiwi drivers. Many of those aspiring kiwi drivers have gone on to race in the New Zealand Grand Prix, including NZGP winners Nick Cassidy, Mitch Evans and most recently Liam Lawson.

“We’re excited to be racing at this internationally recognised event,” said Ian Foster, president of FVANZ.

“The New Zealand Grand Prix is special for all kiwi drivers and especially our young drivers who all aspire to be racing there in their promising futures. It’s the perfect platform for them to rise to the occasion and show their potential on the track.

“It also gives Formula First a great opportunity to showcase the fantastic racing it is known for and hopefully attract prospective competitors watching from the grandstands into the sport through our class.”

The New Zealand Grand Prix event will take place on 24 January 2021 and will play host to the fifth round of the 2020-21 NZ Formula First Championship and opening round of the 2021 Toyota Racing Series.