Watch: 'I'll give it a red-hot crack!' Meet the rookie Kiwi driver looking to make his name in upcoming Toyota Racing Series

The New Zealand motor racing series that helped launch Kiwi Formula 1 driver Brendon Hartley's career has become hot property, with some of the world's best young driver's descending on the country over the next few weeks to compete.

Up against them, three young Kiwis contesting the upcoming Toyota Racing Series, including Reid Harker who will for the first time in his young career compete in single-seater racing.

For Harker, every moment in his Toyota Racing FT50 is like living a dream except the dream is flying past him at well over 200 km/h.

"No excuses," he said.

"I'm going to go out there and give it a red hot crack!"

Harker's first crack in single-seaters included a shake down at Hampton Downs this week, four weeks before the first official round of the TRS in Christchurch.

The 21-year-old Aucklander is slowly getting used to the drastic change after being elevated from the Toyota 86 series.

"These cars are fantastic they're very, very quick," he said.

"You've got the aerodynamics on them which makes them pretty fast around the corners."

To help with that switch, Harker's taking tips from a man very familiar to racing fans; Paul Radisich has driven everything in his time - now he's helping drive the next generation.

"When you're racing saloon cars or touring cars compared to single-seaters, it's completely different," Radisich said.

"You're vision is different, you're down on the ground and your head's buffeting around."

But Harker's mentoring unit doesn't stop there.

Harker's race chief spent a decade from the late 90s as the engineering boss of the McLaren Formula 1 team.

"I like getting back into the nitty gritty- everything from sweeping the floors, engineering cars, managing teams and drivers," Stephen Giles said.

"It's the best thing on this side of the world for them to get a good comparison where they stand against international competition."

Harker's getting ready to face the best young drivers from Europe and North America before the end of January, hoping to follow in the footsteps of the TRS' first champion - Brendon Hartley.

And Radisich believes he can do it.

"He's got talent," he said.

"I think it's like most things - it's very hard to speed people up, it's easier to slow them down, he's one of those kids."

Reid Harker won't do it on his own though, with a Kiwi motorsport legend guiding him off the track as well. Source: 1 NEWS



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Auckland to possibly stage new global motor racing series Formula E in 2018

The newest global motor racing series is starting to catch on and could be heading to New Zealand in 2018.

Formula E (electric racing) and local promoters are eyeing up a round of the circuit in New Zealand as early as this time next year.

Kiwi driver Mitch Evans is the first New Zealander to make the shift into the world of electrics.

"Staggering really, I didn't expect myself to be in this position to be honest," said Evans.

He has just started his second season in the Formula E with Jaguar, a first podium finish coming in Hong Kong earlier this month.

The all electric series has backing from some of the world's biggest automotive companies with Porsche, Mercedes and BMW due to enter soon.

1 NEWS understands a group of local sports promoters are in talks to a hold a round on the Auckland waterfront street circuit, possibly starting in December next year.

"With the lack of noise and omissions there's no reason why any city can't host a race," said Evans.

"To have a mainstream championship, world championship like Formula E in Auckland would be incredible."