Three Kiwi drivers stand out as Toyota Racing Series begins in central Otago

The Toyota Racing Series has proved a real platform for the past and present Formula One drivers including Brendon Hartley.

The series roars to life this weekend in central Otago, with three Kiwis a real chance for the podium, the championship could just be the stepping stone they need.

Liam Lawson, 16, is competing for the first time this weekend after just missing out last season.

"I was four weeks too young for the start of the series, we tried to do the grand prix round, and we were two days short for that as well," said Lawson.

He won't have to look too far for competition with fellow Kiwi and 18-year-old Marcus Armstrong eager to put last year's results behind him.

"It was very, very close last season when I just missed out, basically I lost it on the last lap when the engine went into safe mode," said Armstrong.

Also competing is Southland 23-year-old Brendon Leitch, who last year worked at the Cromwell circuit taking punters and enthusiasts for hot laps.

The series goes up another level this year with the top five drivers in 2019 gaining points towards Formula One FIA super licence.

Liam Lawson, Marcus Armstrong and Brendon Leitch will compete in this weekend's racing event in Cromwell. Source: 1 NEWS

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