After heading out to India for the Formula MRF series last winter, Jordan King is again flying abroad this year to compete over the winter, this time to race in the Toyota Racing Series in New Zealand.
The competitive single-seater championship is spread over five weekends from mid-January to mid-February, visiting tracks at Teretonga, Timaru, Taupo, Hampton Downs and Manfeild. The series uses 215bhp, Tatuus-designed Toyota powered slicks and wings cars, not too dissimilar to what King has used in Formula Renault UK in 2011, meaning the BRDC Rising Star is confident of a strong performance.
King said: “We first thought about entering the Toyota Racing Series last winter, because it's the only opportunity to get some decent running in good weather at this time of year, especially with the testing ban in the UK. We ended up going to India instead, which obviously worked out really well for us, but people were still telling us that we should try New Zealand, too, and to be honest, when we looked into it all properly, it seemed a logical thing to do.”
The 17-year-old student will have a good opportunity to impress in New Zealand, having signed for front-running outfit M2. King will be up against a high calibre field, including his team-mate, former karting rival and Ferrari Driver Academy member Raffaele Marciello.
The Hugo Boss brand ambassador added: “I'm hoping to gain a lot of seat time, learn some different circuits, build up my level of experience and generally just progress my career a little bit further again. It's always important to try to keep your hand in and stay race-sharp and fit over the winter 'off' season, and it should be beneficial in terms of helping to hone my racecraft.
“If it's anything like it looked to be this year, then the competition will certainly be pretty tough, with GP3, F3 and Formula Renault drivers there from across Europe and some extremely good local and Asian drivers as well. I'm definitely anticipating a high-calibre field, and hopefully, that should generate some close and exciting racing.
“I would love to come away with some good results – top rookie or top Brit might be a good starting-point to aim for – and feeling like I've really achieved something worthwhile. That would be a good confidence boost ahead of the main 2012 season.”